Thursday, June 28, 2007
Due to a rather serendipitous turn of events, I ended up in Tucson for the past few nights. My ridiculously awesome sister called a friend who lived in Tucson, who was not home but whose boyfriend agreed to host me on only a few hour's notice.
Grand. Just grand.
I feel a little guilty that I managed to spend nearly two days in Tucson and barely see anything. You see, it's hot here too. Yesterday while driving around at noon my car's thermometer hit 115 and my dashboard started to smoke. Turns out the sun through the windshield was starting to fry the dust that had accumulated there. At least that's what I told myself while I panicked and threw the car at the curb faster than a nun leaving a brothel. This place does not fuck around.
So I spent much of yesterday cowering in bookshops and cafes like the pale gringo that I am, missing out on the desert museum and the mission but decidedly much happier.
Last night Drew took me to a local bar for an outdoor gathering known as "green drinks." Forty or so people from the community gathered at the tables, and we all had to introduce ourselves. These are people who need six minutes and a powerpoint presentation just to explain what they do.
"Hi, I'm a contract negotiator for the U.S. green building council..."
"Hi, I'm the solar coordinator of a sustainable development research project..."
"Hi, I'm from New Jersey. I drove here in an SUV."
Frenzied whispers overtook the crowd before they formed a lynch mob, chasing me with pitchforks and torches. Just kidding.
Drew argues that the green movement has become watered down a bit, and I can see his point. Even the most ignorant observer could note the irony of attending a green meeting which uses plastic plates, cups and silverware for the food and drink.
While the green movement is undoubtedly an important one in our society, it's interesting to note how it has been co-opted by market-savvy individuals who are only trying to sell another package. Meanwhile, the whole movement requires just as much networking as anyone on Wall Street if anything is to get done. Is this where American society has come? In order to get a rather important message across you need a detailed marketing strategy as well as an army of grant writers to procure the funds?