Somehow, and this is a record for me, I have managed to see another movie - and it was good! That makes like two movies in two weeks, both of them good.
The latest was Juno. See it.
I know, you're all like, when did this guy become a movie recommender, right? I know!
But it's good. It's a feel-good movie about a pregnant teen, if you can imagine. It's smartly written and it has a soundtrack that's so good, I bought it on my way home from the movie that day.
One of my friends thought it was too hip for its own good. I felt it had the proper level of hipness. He also confided that he wasn't crazy about Knocked Up, though. I think he has baby issues.
Currently, I'm reading The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman. It's basically a book that entails everything we've done so far to the planet (and points out the things that we've probably already irrevocably fucked up), and what our legacy would be were the human race to disappear, completely in a poof, tomorrow.
Some things would be fine. Manhattan would crumble into the swamp fairly quickly, and a lot of urbanized area could probably revert to a wild state relatively fast, but there are other things that we've done, well, that there ain't no fixin' gonna happen.
One scary stat I picked up: Except for the small portion that has been incinerated, every bit of plastic that has been manufactured in the 50 or so years since we started doing so still exists. We're talking about more than 1 billion tons of plastic. It hasn't gone anywhere. All of those plastic grocery bags? In a landfill. Or a storm drain. Or more likely, in this 10 million square mile place in the middle of the Pacific where currents have caused plastic bags from all over the world to collect and swirl.
Doesn't that scare the (insert deity that you feel is a part of your being, or an expletive - for most of us, it's interchangeable in this situation) out of you?
I didn't mean to, but thinking about crap like this has made me greener, really focusing on reducing conspicuous consumption. I was never bad mind you, always somewhat environmental, but I am now even focusing more on stuff like taking my own canvas bags to the grocery store.
Anyhoo, sorry to be a downer, but it's what I've been thinking about, although if any of you were to use the "h" word in my presence, I would hit you. so. hard.
Also, I'm missing my bike. Will this winter never end?