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Monthly Archives: September 2007

September 13, 2007

My Disney Adventure, Part 3: Racing & Riding

Thanks to Michael (er… I mean, the polar bears) for filling in for me yesterday. I’m wide awake and ready to write the final installment of my Disney adventure story. But actually, I’m having a hard time coming up with the words. All I really need to do is talk about plastic and environmental issues at Disneyland and during the Disneyland Half Marathon. But every time I start, I’m stopped by a kind of cognitive dissonance. Part of me is repulsed by the whole corporate engine of Disney and the vulgar consumerism it promotes.

But another part, the little kid that loves dolls and stuffed toys and pretty lights and music, is fascinated by the park itself and all the make-believe worlds within it. I and my inner child had such a good time with our friend David, and his inner child, rushing from ride to ride and laughing and screaming our heads off, that it’s hard to settle down and get serious about recycling bins and plastic containers… Read the rest

September 13, 2007

A Special Message from the Polar Bear Community

While Beth is taking another night off from blogging in order to get some much-needed and well-deserved sleep, we bring you A Special Message from the Polar Bear Community:

Hey Humans:

Our habitat is shrinking due to global warming. If current trends continue, TWO-THIRDS of our population will be driven out of existence.

On top of that, this past week saw the publication of a report about how the Canadians are asserting THEIR claims to the Arctic. Not to mention the Americans, the Norwegians, the Danes … (Much as we like the Canadians, being nice people who generally don’t invade anyone and have those cool Tim Horton’s restaurants, we feel that the best claim to the Arctic is OURS.)

We think the governments of these countries are actually excited that the polar ice is shrinking because that will make it easier to send ships up here to look for resources.

Oh, did we mention what these resources are?

Yup.

Oil and gas.

Of course.

And what’s… Read the rest

September 11, 2007

Going to bed now…

I know I promised stories of fun and adventure in Disneyland. But I had to work late tonight, and I have to go in early tomorrow. So the fun will have to wait a day. Until then, ponder page 43 from the August 2007 issue of the Southwest Airlines in-flight magazine, “Spirit”:

Click the image to see it larger and read the text. I’m not sure what to make of this. As I said, I saw a lot of plastic on my Southwest flight, and I saw it being collected in plastic bags. I’ve sent a letter to the company via snail mail inquiring into their environmental practices. Does this one page in their magazine reflect the company’s thinking on environmental issues or simply those of one magazine contributor? We’ll find out… … Read the rest

September 10, 2007

My Disney Adventure, Part 2: Eating & Sleeping

As I mentioned in Part 1 of My Disney Adventure, I rushed to reserve transportation and accommodations at the last minute without planning ahead. This is not recommended.

LODGING:

If I had done some research, I might have found a more eco-friendly place to stay. Instead, I went for availability and price, booking a room at the Alamo Inn & Suites on Katella Ave simply because it had the best rates through Hotels.com.

On the plus side, the hotel is located just across the street from Disneyland, so no driving is required to get to the park. As far as I can tell, that is the only environmental plus. And since there are so many other hotels also within walking distance, there’s sure to be another with a better eco-philosophy.

Now, here are a few negatives:

Coffee service in the lobby with Styrofoam cups and plastic stirrers.

Plastic drinking cups in the room.

Plastic-lined waste cans in the rooms and no means of recycling.

Plastic packets of shampoo… Read the rest

September 7, 2007

Weekend Discussion Question: How Far Would You Go?

Today (Saturday, 9/8/07) at noon, Egan Sanders, the “Bagonaut,” will be lowered by crane into a canvas bag 8′ tall by 6′ wide outside the Sam’s Club in San Angelo, TX. He will remain there for 24 hours “to raise awareness of the environmental challenges that plastic shopping bags present.” Volunteers at the event will hand out free canvas shopping bags in exchange for non-perishable food donations for the local food bank. At 7pm, movies will be projected using the giant canvas bag as a screen.

If you live near San Angelo, TX, please stop by and say hi. I’ve communicated with Egan, and he seems like a down-to-earth guy with real concern for the environment and a great sense of humor. He also espouses a philosophy which I heartily endorse:

Plastic is not the enemy; it is a useful material that has created many products for our society. Plastic bags are not the problem – it is how we use and dispose… Read the rest

September 6, 2007

My Disney Adventure, Part 1: Getting There

That’s me with the sun in my eyes after running/walking (and by that I mean dragging my sorry, untrained butt) 13.1 miles in the blistering Socal sun. The temperature was already 80 degrees at 6am, the start of the Disneyland Half Marathon. And our group didn’t actually start running until 6:30. By mid-day, the temperature soared to 108. I don’t know what it was when I crossed the finish line at 9:30am, but it was definitely somewhere between hot and fully baked.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. This isn’t the blog about running. It’s the one about plastic. And I have some things to say about avoiding plastic waste while traveling.

My one piece of advice is: Plan ahead! I give this advice after finding out what happens when you don’t do it. It never occurred to me to research the environmental policies of airlines or car rental companies or hotels or other cities. My friend David and I signed up for the race in… Read the rest