Wednesday, April 25, 2007

And Now We Bring You a Green Moment

I read a blog called Simply Green written by Danny Seo who has written several books on living the 'green' lifestyle. I thought his entry today was very cool. At the Westin he stayed at in Pittsburgh they have installed a new system to minimize electricity usage. Check it out.

Liv: I know what you are thinking. I drive a big, stupid SUV that consumes huge quantities of gas, devastates the ozone, and is probably responsible for the death of a rainforest or two. Satan bought it for me. I did not pick it out. Yes, my eco-conscious little soul is filled with guilt, but honestly I don't have the money to replace it and probably won't for a couple of years. I live in constant fear that Al Gore is going to hunt me down and bite my ass.

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Blogger liv said...

I DID NOT SAY A WORD! or think one until you specifically addressed me in public...

I personally struggle with loving and wanting a big 'truck'---perhaps not as big as yours, but still unreasonably so for my lifestyle. I think mostly I want it because my dh always said no. I am trying to settle down and find a suitable new vehicle to replace my mommyvan which is totally going to cramp my single girl vibe. I love the notion of a Prius, but I still have an SUV on the brain---because who knows when I MIGHT need the space. And, yes, I do have every critter known to mankind explaining to me how getting a big truck is antithetical to my yogic lifestyle. And yet, knowing I could mow someone down with a Yukon is sort of cool.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Peach Pod said...

I researched a bunch of cars with Big Red was in for the world's longest repair. Have you checked out the Toyota FJ Cruiser? It has that kind of hip vib going and gets 22 mpg on the highway: http://www.toyota.com/fjcruiser/index.html
I've also been checking out the Jeep Compass at 30 mpg: http://www.jeep.com/en/compass/index.html
The one I'm leaning toward is the Ford Escape Hybrid at 34 mpg City. It costs a little more than the others, but the guy at the service department at the local Ford dealership says that the only maintenance he's ever done to one of those is to change the oil.

11:34 AM  
Blogger liv said...

Oh jeez...don't get me and Ellie Bee started on the FJ. It's the 'Official Ex-Husband Vehicle' in that by some stupid fluke both of our idiots went out and bought the exact one in the same color post marriage. Ha!! I've been looking at the Lexus RX400H, the Volvo XC90 and the Acura MDX AND for guilt, the Accord Hybrid and the Highlander Hybrid...

You know, because I need something that says, "I'm 30, single and I have third row capability!" Again, HA!

12:56 PM  
Blogger Peach Pod said...

You are freakin' kidding me? Both of them?! In your list, I'm partial to the Volvo XC90, if you are looking for votes.

Mine bought a Lexus SC convertible. Apparently nothing says, "I'm an over 50 male going through yet another mid-life crisis and will sleep with any slut that comes around" like a $65,000 sports car!

1:03 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

I'm going to have nightmares about Al Gore now. You know that, don't you?

1:49 PM  
Blogger Peach Pod said...

Terri, I know what you mean. It's not a pretty visual, is it?

1:57 PM  
Blogger Reggie said...

Go buy some carbon offsets and sin no more.

Liv...get a new wrangle 4 door.

2:14 PM  
Blogger liv said...

Reg, I've got 2 small kids and a nasty dislike of wind buffeting having survived two convertibles in my married incarnation! Maybe if I start walking to work I can keep my carbon footprint low??

3:12 PM  
Blogger ellie bee said...

well, my ex already had a hot convertible, so the ugly FJ. My kids call it the "overcompensation-mobile".
I got a Ford Freestyle--I like the crossovers. Its sporty enough, but still hauls 7 comfortably. And has lots better gas mileage than the suburban did!

6:21 PM  

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