Thursday, February 16, 2006

Snow yesterday, gone today...

It's freakish, man! Freakish! The snow is already melted and it feels like early Spring...or warmer! This is not right. Not in the least. Certainly, I feel glad it's -5 degrees F, but still! There should be two feet of snow outside, frozen solid. I may not have lived in Pennsylvania long (actually, it will be my 3rd year officially here come the end of March) but I know, I KNOW that snow is supposed be all over the place. This just makes me very worried...I'll try not to be, but there's honey suckle growing in my driveway! In FEBRUARY! It's green and the plants are starting to look like buds are going to pop out...

Still, my mom-in-law has said she's seen this years ago...so, this is comforting...Perhaps just a simple weather pattern change. I hope so. Still, it would be nice not to have so much pollution. I mean, really. When you think about it, why would ANYONE want to have dirty air, water, food, etc. Nobody would. That is why we need to have cleaner, much cleaner energy and ways. On a personal scale, I think it's a responsibility of people to use as little as possible. I know it's very hard and I've failed countless times but I keep trying.



On a larger scale, companies need to reduce their need for things like electricity/oil. I've read articles where companies switched to cleaner energy (like wind, sun (depending on area) and actually saved money!

I've also read that stores which have incorporated natural light had better turn out for customers, as well. People are inventive and imaginative. We can do it and we can do it better. Yeah, I'm a bunch of slogans today...

Seriously, there is this attempt by certain big business/people to say we only need one product and there is nothing else we can use. We'll fail, etc. as a country (USA). BS. This country was founded on new concepts and creativity. We can and are doing that right now and if the government decided to back this creativity and insight there would be A LOT more options.

I remember in 7th grade I had a teacher. She actually had us study advertisements and the way people use words to manipulate products, etc. This was eye opening for me and gave me the start of critical thinking. In such a capitalist society as ours, we need to be especially aware of these tactics that try to separate people from their hard earned money. If we are aware of these common tricks (using emotion, visually pleasing, fear)we can avoid being manipulated as individuals and groups. Teaching and realizing how these aspects is half the battle. It really is. If we question and look for the reasons, we save our self time, protect ourselves from harm and save money. If we don't research a project or just believe any old person, we are like Pinocchio and can get tricked into giving away our very soul.

On another note, I was glad to hear that the state of PA is actually giving tax exemptions to people for getting specific types of windows (which reduce heat loss) for their homes. I wish they'd do various things like this through out the US.

Well, the day moves on and I still have a load of house work to do before I start piano lessons, etc. Lots to do...I've got a stack of eBay paintings to mail out, and I have two projects I need to finish that are due next week. Is it really February 16th? Hmmm, I guess it is. How time flies...

Got to run...

1 comment:

Andrea said...

I love that photo of the jacks...reminds me of being a kid!

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