Still no kitty pictures because I have other stories to tell right now...
We just got back from seeing An Inconvenient Truth at the Ritz East, and yes I know that everyone and their mother has already seen it, but let me ask you, how many of you had Al Gore come to your theater and answer your questions for half an hour after the movie?
Well, even if Al Gore isn't speaking at your local theater, if you haven't already seen it, you really must. It is really fantastic and informative and moving and depressing and hopeful. (And it was sort of ironic that we saw the movie on one of the hottest days of the year.)
Much of the movie was really depressing and scary. But I think that one of the most hopeful things I took away from the movie was that America contributes over 30% of the CO2 to the atmosphere, which on the face of it is just alarming, but that means that if we do something about it we can reduce a huge chunk of the problem. That's enormous power, and if America takes action, imagine the impact that would have on the rest of the world.
When I got home, I checked out climatecrisis.net, mainly because I wanted to see whether I could still use my dishwasher in good conscience. The advice is to use it only when there’s a full load and to use the energy-saving setting, and I think I can manage that. (Actually, the website lists 6 pages of things you can do and I was happy to see that we already do several of them.)
After the movie we walked around and eventually ended up down at 15th and South Street where we decided to stop at Pico de Gallo for dinner. I had an average chile rellano burrito*, but J had the coolest and yummiest burrito ever - shredded pork and fried plantains (all of it IN the burrito). (I know, I was skeptical too, but it was really quite good.)
And then, noticing the wind picking up outside, we had them box up the remainder of my meal, booked it out of the restaurant, and ran the 15 blocks home, only to get soaked by the rain during the last few blocks.
* Update 7/19/06: That average burrito turned out to be really, really good when heated up for lunch.