To Green or Not To Green
by CalicoHawk
<span>Everywhere you turn, you see Green this, and Green that, and Green the other.&#160; Now, don't get me wrong, I appreciate Green.&#160; I try to go Green as often as possible.&#160; I tweaked my Chevy pick-up up to 23-24 MPG, up from 17-18, through tuning and soft-pedaling the gas pedal.&#160; (Great-Gran said, &#34;If you pretend that there is an egg between your foot and the gas pedal, you'll go further on a gallon of gas.&#34;&#160; Then Great Gram would add, &#34;Unless you live in the mountains, then it don't matter.&#34;)<br /><br />But the point is, I am not opposed to Green anything.&#160; Almost.&#160; Soon after we move in, I'm going to build a pedal-powered four-wheel cycle for my wife and me&#160;to sport around in.&#160; The way I see it, it's good exercise and it will save gas, and it will recycle some old cycles.&#160; That's Green, right?<br /><br />I use fluorescent tubes and bulbs.&#160; It saves me money, primarily, but it's&#160;good because they don't use as many watts as an incandescent bulb.&#160; That's Green, right?<br /><br />Remember up top where I said, &#34;Almost&#34;?&#160; I went to a Green website and found, quite by accident, a rollercoaster in Japan that is Human Powered.&#160; That's right.&#160; A pedal-powered rollercoaster.&#160; You ride this thing by pedaling, just like a bicycle.&#160; The pictures they showed are awesome/horrifying!&#160; It's in the mountains!&#160; It's not a kiddy ride, it's for real!&#160; There's a seat that you strap into, bicycle-type pedals, handle bars, (though I'm sure they're just to squeeze the life out of when you start down that first hill), and a pretty pink basket in front of you.&#160; (Can't imagine what that's for.)<br /><br />Can you imagine being next-in-line behind someone who wants to stop a regular rollercoaster?&#160; If these things have brakes, there will be a major traffic stall, with shades of the movie &#34;Coaster&#34; where they blew up the coaster in Ocean View, Va.&#160; <br /><br />Green is good...Fun is Fun.&#160; But that's just stupid.&#160; (Stupid is as Stupid does.)<br /><br /></span>
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