Tuesday, September 27, 2011
In Which I Revolt
I'm secretly a quasi-granola cruncher. I'm very, very paranoid about my food sources and their environmental impact, I recycle as much as I can, and I even use Lunchskins in place of plastic baggies (I don't know why they have cuter designs at Abe's Market than they do at their official site, but they're worth the money. I love them!). So I am usually on board with environmental issues.
I am so not in favor of the lightbulb replacement initiative that is looming over us. I do not want to use the stupid compact fluorescent light bulbs. The bulbs are physically ugly, but that isn't what really bothers me. The light that comes from these bulbs is awful. Awful! I feel like I'm in a clinical lab. Or that I'm cast with a greenish ghoulish tint. It is very cold and uninviting. Lighting is very important to me. I want lighting that is warm and soft. I don't want to feel like I'm living in a Wal-Mart Super Center all the time. I also really dislike how they can take time to warm up.
Also, how much money do you want to bet that years down the road, the government will say "Oops, heh heh, so the lightbulb thing was a bad idea because of pollution. We're going to go back to a more simple time and use the light bulbs that God intended us to use!" What are we going to use for small lamps, night lights, and other odd light sources?
I've already been very bothered by the Christmas light evolution. The LED lights are so cold, and I see a miniscule flicker in them. Putting up those lights is just wrong, I tell you. Wrong!
Since this is being forced upon me, I guess I will have to become a light bulb and Christmas light hoarder. I don't plan to sell them. I plan to be like in the book The City of Ember, sitting in my basement enjoying the last few precious light bulbs left on the planet. In reality, it's more likely that they will find me, buried up to my ears in light bulbs in my shed. And when they tell me "Non-Mommy, you have a hoarding problem and need help" I will cry "But the light! The light out there is so cold! Let me have my precious light bulbs!"