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... and Happy Earth Day 2013.

Truth?

I was around for the very first Earth Day … on April 22nd, 1970. Not sure how a mere child like myself was … oh, who am I trying to kid? I was a Senior in High School … one of the younger members of my class, but still.

We went outside on the beautiful Spring Wednesday … sat on the grass … and enjoyed the time out of class made a significant ecological statement.

The drummers from the Band took part in an ad hoc type parade of sorts … in which six “pall bearers” carried a casket containing a cars Evil Combustion Engine. I don’t recall if I ever heard where they got it.

There were banners and all the rest. This was right at the end of the 60’s after all … just a few months after Woodstock … and twelve days before the Kent State Shootings.

I would think of all this each year no matter where I was. As indeed one year (1991?) I enjoyed Earth Day in San Diego with a friend from College.

And again today, a friend from High School reposted the pictures I have above here … from my Senior Year Book. So once more I thought of that day.

As a token Earth-y thing … since I am a card-carrying tree hugger … I went to a local farm market which has the largest greenhouse in the area.

I bought a dozen rather large Lavender plants. Cost $3.99 a piece … and with a dollar off each.

The plan is to plant them along the front of my house and let them re-sprout year after year. The intent is to make the house look better outside … smell good … and encourage bugs to stay away from the open windows.

We’ll see how well that goes.

The Earth flag is not an official flag, since ...

The Earth flag is not an official flag, since there is no official governing body over Earth. The flag holds a photo transfer of a NASA image of the Earth on a dark blue background. It has been associated with Earth Day. Although the flag was originally copyrighted, a judge ruledhttp://www.tabberone.com/Trademarks/CopyrightLaw/Copyrightability/articles/EarthFlagVsAlamoFlag_A.shtml that the copyright was invalid. Earth Flag Ltd. v. Alamo Flag Co., 154 F. Supp. 2d 663 (S.D.N.Y. 2001) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And I also got one three-foot Holly … tree? bush? plant? whatever. At a cost of … wait for it … six bucks.

These people are old school down there. No wonder everyone goes there to get flowers and whatnot each spring.

If I can get the one Holly to stay alive and thrive in this horrible soil then the plan is to get several more … and put them at the front of the property at the top of the slope.

Yes, pictures will follow.

A long time from now.

I have the least Green Thumb of anyone I know.

Happy Earth Day, everyone.