Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Winners and Losers, # 1

Times are going to be tougher and tougher to write about with a sense of the humorous, you know. People out of work, with a gasless car sitting in the driveway and nowhere to go anyway, aren't going to be laughing about it, you know. I know, I am writing "you know" a lot, aren't I. Oh well, maybe I have gas and that's what burps up or farts out.

Anyway, I find myself at another of life's little crossroads. Here on Blogger, where the adsenses run, I can maybe earn a little cash to keep this thing going. But over at wordpress, at http://www.financeisfun.wordpress.com/, where going commercial is verbotten, I can't. On the other hand, over here I appear to be mostly writing to myself while over there I at least have the illusion of some sort of an audience. Now Yaro Starak advises that I have to make a choice. He says to pick a blog, pick a subject that I care about, write and the readers will follow. Or something like that.

Meanwhile, the problem became more complicated yesterday when I came up with a brilliant idea for looking at what works and doesn't work in our culture. It started when I stopped at a Starbucks to get a hot green tea. I had ridden my bike down to the fairgrounds and was on the way home. Sitting outside in the afternoon sun, as I sipped my tea and read Kelley Eskridge's Dangerous Space I couldn't help but let my mind wander and my eyes, too, from time to time. It was then that I noticed the different nature of the trash can sitting out in front of our local grocery store. It was a little bigger than normal but more noticeably, on its side, in bright yellow script, it announced to the world that it was a solar powered, trash compacting, energy saving, toxic emissions saving wonder.

Wow, what a winner of an idea, I thought. And then it dawned on me that here was great way to illustrate the things that we could be doing to create jobs and from the bottom up have an effect on the direction our world is going. The Winners:

By contrasting them with the things we have been doing that are absolutely wrong for our world. The losers:

So what do you think? Stay here and build my blog or back to wordpress and give it another chance?

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