(P.S. Reminder to self. Proofreading is good before posting. Proofreading two times is better and still usually not good enough.)
Spring is damn sprung. Already it’s approaching being beastly hot in this apartment which knows neither Autumn nor Spring. Upstairs neighbor climbs their way home up the steps and is tromping about. I have been sitting here with tears streaming down my face because allergies to what’s Springy about Spring are in full gear. Finally I realize, oh, my eyes are really really pouring so I take two Benadryl and now they’ve dried up and are no longer ferociously itching but the inside of my head still feels like it’s been turned inside out and scraped across a parking lot.
What I did this morning was I spent a little while wondering what it would be like to have $13 million dollars to drop on a residence in Sedona. Why I did that was partly because I was working on more photos from Sedona (see the Flickr account) but mainly because I spent some time last night reading up on No Impact Man and Family who live in nice digs on 5th Avenue, NYC, until recently had the 52 inch television screen etc., but decided to Go Ultra Green As An Experiment For A Year and are now eating food only grown in a 250 mile (or so) radius and using cool energy-saving bulbs and blogging about how to get along without restaurant food and new Diesel jeans as they’re not supposed to buy things like new clothes except for utilitarian undergarments.
He is blogging about not using paper products like no toilet paper for instance but he did find some recycled paper notebooks from Japan that he gets at MOMA (but he was down on his wife for wanting to drink juice from a juicery because the juice drinks are made from fruits shipped from overseas). And he has a book deal in the works for this project when the year is over.
And though he’s using energy saving bulbs etc. and not using the dishwasher or food processor etc. and is not using transport, there is also a movie in the works chronicling this and a film crew following him and his wife about.
Now how I went from reading about this to looking up those audaciously-priced villas at Sedona and wondering about that kind of lifestyle, I’m not sure, but it happened. One extreme went boing to another. And also because he’s relatively well-off and I’d read that before they went Green Very Green his wife had a splurge to help her through this time and bought two pairs of Chloe boots which cost two weeks of salary and her mother’s Bingo winnings (perhaps not these boots but Chloe boots cost a fairly steep dollar), I suppose that’s another reason I started thinking of What Its Like To Have More Money Than That Person On The Not Green Bus In Not Green Clothes. Thinking too about the Full Spectrum Fluorescent lightbulbs No Impact Man was touting that only cost $475 for a case of 40 and really reduce energy use but you have to be careful if you break them because they have mercury in them, which some say makes them not so good while others say no no you’re wrong they are better.
Yeah, I believe in Green. But reading No Impact Man made me feel fairly cynical, and this morning I found myself looking at the several million dollar residences in Sedona with their prime real estate gorgeous views backed up to national park land and which are no doubt second or third or fourth homes for those desiring to escape the city. I was thinking about how beautiful Sedona was and wondering what prices Those With Money pay for quality residences with grand views. I was thinking about how No Impact Man is going to want everyone to buy his book but during this year he won’t be buying anyone else’s book and won’t be buying any DVDs so slobs like us who have Not Green careers (Marty produces, plays and engineers music and me, well, I have no career) won’t be making any part of our living off No Impact Man…who wants us all to buy his book and go see his movie and invest in it. Feeling more and more cynical, and working on a couple of pics of Sedona, I thought I’d entertain myself by seeing what the rich pay for grand views from wonderful houses in a place that is beautiful and nice because it hasn’t been bulldozed and covered with city sprawl, which everyone wants to stay very Green looking, of course, so they don’t want you moving there (unless they are real estate developers) because though it’s all right that they are there, it’s not all right if you want to be. Kind of like No Impact Man wanting you to buy his book and go see his movie but not wanting to buy yours or go see your movie as your book and your movie don’t fit into the No Impact plan.
One could say though that No Impact Man is as dandy as all that because of everyone who’s going to read his blog and read his book and see his movie and so he might make an impression of some sort on some peers. Right?
Me, I’m wondering what his stock portfolio looks like and what his investment funds are supporting. Which, yes, I know, is really cynical of me.
Except for this. Yeah, baby steps. But then it comes down to the making money thing. And I think that’s where this really bothers me. What bothers me is the I’m Greener Than You Though I Make My Living Being Not Green With My Not Green Book Deal and The Film And Am Funding My Future With Not Green Investments But Buy Me Anyway Even Though I Won’t Be Buying Your Stuff This Year Because You Are So Not Green.
“Well, you do what you can do. It’s best to do what you can do.”
Yeah, sure. But something there seems so not right. Sure, we need to revamp how we live but the above model is kind of problematic. Isn’t it?