Thursday, April 23, 2009

Earth Day HNT!

Earth Day was founded in 1970, smack dab in the middle of the hippie movement. Everyone was concerned about ecology back then. Those of us who lived then can remember the auto emissions, the factories spewing God-only-knows-what, the smog, the polluted rivers and lakes, the litter along the highways, and abominations against nature that generations today couldn't possibly imagine. But that all happened somewhere else other than Montana.

OK. Let me say this right off the bat...I'm not much of a "green" person. I was not brought up in a particularly "green" environment while growing up. Even today, recycling in this town is barely funded or well used. People aren't terribly concerned about burning gasoline, because it takes gas to get from point A to point B which are long distances apart. And because the toys we play with in the forests and water and mountains take all sorts of gasoline. And we'll never give up the toys. And digging out mountainsides to get to the silver and gold is something we'll always do, because that stuff is important. Oh, sure, there's the radical environmentalists in this state (*ahem, Missoula, ahem*) who shower once a week, drive VW vans converted to run on cow farts and recycle everything that they use. Twice. But for the most part, we're smart enough not to dump sewage in the rivers, burn so much fuel as to create a permanent smog or waste much of what God's given us.

That's not to say that we haven't made strides. Society in general is certainly greener. And I'm not one to pass up a chance to use a "holiday" to help with HNT! So here I am doing my part. Swapping out the light bulbs with those energy-saving curly-cued ones. Turning off the heat in my apartment (well, that's more of a survival thing for me--no AC here in the summer), and I repotted this tree thing, because plants do that carbon dioxide/oxygen swapping thing. Just call me Mr. Green!

Way back in the dark ages (well, about 3 1/2 years ago), there was an avid group of bloggers who got caught up in this whole new phenomenon known as Half-Nekkid Thursday. Many of these avid bloggers have since left HNT, if not left blogging altogether. But once in awhile, you find out that some of them haven't abandoned us completely!
This week's Mystery Guest is one of those! She used to write about her son (the joy of her life), her work, and her social life. We followed her through her poetry. And her music (a real Sinatra fan, but just as much a fan of Daft Punk!). And her great HNTs! So this MG is for the old-timers around here. If you look closely, you might even get a clue as to who this might be! She'll be revealed late Thursday afternoon.
Our "blast from the past" MG is YoJ! I'd link you, but she's got nothing that isn't invite only (outed at work, bad scene...). She's one of the HNTers I met in Nashville. You can click the "proof" link on #10 to see her. It's great to know that the old-timers continue to check in!

Lots of pictures over at "...the Other HNT" Most definitely NSFW, but you should check them out anyway. And leave some comments for your brave fellow HNTers!

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