Friday, April 22, 2011

Rant #490: Happy Holiday(s)

Today is Good Friday, and I wish all my friends a very joyous holiday leading into Easter on Sunday.

And today, coincidentally, is also Earth Day, the 41st anniversary of the celebration of the planet that we live on.

I remember the first Earth Day back in 1970.

What I did to help my planet was take a gas-guzzling bus with a friend into downtown Jamaica, Queens, New York, and go to a bookstore where they had weird and interesting books and magazines. They also had X-rated comic books like Fritz the Cat.

We browsed that store, bought some things, and that was it.

I guess by buying a few books, I saved those books from being thrown out, and thus, helped save my planet from having more garbage than it already had.

Earth Day has waned and grown in importance since then.

Right now, it's on an uptick, because concern in our environment is being revisited right now.

Back in the day, it was called ecology, but I don't know if that term is used now.

But people are more concerned with their planet than perhaps they ever have been.

Look at that horrible oil spill in the Gulf last year. Its effects will probably be felt for decades.

People are also not happy about gas prices. Hopefully, the money guzzling that the oil companies are participating will be looked at and stopped, because gas might be approaching $5 a gallon within a week or two.

Whatever the case, you have three religious holidays--Passover, Good Friday and Easter--and one modern holiday--Earth Day--running into each other.

It kind of makes this time special for just about all of us.

Have a "good" Friday, a nice Easter, and I will speak to you next week.

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