Friday, June 27, 2008

How Can Anyone Sleep Through THIS Alarm?

Yesterday, on my way to see my Dad in the hospital (he’s fine!) I had to do something I haven’t done in a very long time: Stop for gas.

Seriously, I can’t remember the last time my Prius was running on empty.

I pulled up to a pump and saw that the car—or, more likely, the SUV—that had been there before me spent $75 on gas. $75! I was almost on empty and it cost me just shy of $30 to fill it up. [By the way, it was 150 miles round trip, to the hospital and back, and my fuel gage barely moved.]

As I was pumping the gas, I heard a loud rumble and sensed the presence of something very large behind me. Yes, it was an SUV, waddling its way towards the pump next to mine. In what can only be called one of the stupidest things I have ever seen for perhaps a dozen reasons, the equally large woman driving the SUV waddled from the cab to the pump, without bothering to turn off the ignition.

How dense can you be?

I was soon to find out. A little while later, as I waited for eight hours in the hospital with my Mom (again, my Dad is doing fine now) I told her it’s so hard to be awake when so many people are asleep. Then, at lunchtime, we walked to the cafeteria—I had packed our salads, dressing, forks, and hemp napkins—and I was shocked to see everyone walking around with Styrofoam.

Isn’t a hospital about preserving life? There will be nothing left to preserve if our earth sickens and dies.

I asked the same question of the hospital when my Dad, back in his room recovering, was given his meal options. White bread. Mayo-rich chicken salad. The (disgusting and unhealthy) list went on and on. Sadly, my Dad wanted nothing more than a protein bar—which, of course, they didn’t have.

Okay, this is the end of my Week of Green Complaints. Next week, I’ll share some of my favorite new Green finds. Until then, have a great weekend!

Question of the blog: How do we get people who are asleep to wake up?

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