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Boxing day

It was the head bonk heard ’round the world.

I was in the first grade.  Thor*, a boy in my class, hit me in the arm…hard.  So I hit him back. In the head.

With my red plaid metal lunch box.

He ran home and cried to his mother.  She called my mom — damn small towns — and said, “Thor only hit Carla because he likes her.”

And that’s when I learned what a hit in the arm really means.

Love pats like that got metal lunch boxes banned in the 1970’s.  But they’re making a comeback today, thanks to some clever local green initiatives.

On Earth Day, Lulu’s Noodle Shop in Kansas City introduced a pinto pail program for to-go orders.  (Pinto pails are stackable metal lunch boxes used in Thailand.)

For customers who agree to a one-time $30 fee (to cover the cost of the pinto, which is shipped from Thailand), meals are packed and delivered in the pail, which keeps food hot for about an hour.  Customers must then return the pinto — washed, rinsed and dried — in exchange for their next order which will be delivered in another pail.

The press release from Lulu’s encourages guests to participate and “cut down on landfill waste of traditional packaging, thus saving the Earth one meal at a time.”

Looks like it could do some damage, too.  Watch out, Thor.  I know where you live.

* Name changed to protect the guilty


When I was a humor editor at Hallmark Cards, part of my job was to think of all the ways those funny jokes, puns and one-liners could be taken the wrong way.

We didn’t want them to sound dirty unless we meant for them to sound dirty.

So, I am fascinated that a ‘hilarious comedy for the whole family’ could be released with the name “Furry Vengeance.”

I don’t mean to be crude, but the first time I heard this movie name, I thought it was a porn film.  Am I the only one who sees the possible innuendo attached to this troublesome title?

If it were a film with a target audience of the “Pineapple Express” ilk, it would make a bit more sense.  But this is pure family fare, with a very green-friendly ‘save our forests’ message.

Why the borderline nasty name, Participant Media?  You, whose other films include “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Fast Food Nation,” and “Syriana.”  I applaud your issue-oriented choices, but you need to put a bit more thought into the marketing of this title.

Unless you meant for it to sound dirty to expand your audience.

Shame on you.

Easy being green

I’m not one to lecture on green initiatives.  (That’s my sister’s department.)

But I’ve recently realized that my lifestyle is saving the planet.

You’re welcome.

Granted, I didn’t move to New York City for altruistic reasons…not by a long shot.  I’ve wanted to live here since I was eight years old.  I wanted to be close to the center of television and publishing and Broadway and — let’s face it — the universe.

But it turns out that city dwellers like myself are living far greener lives than our country counterparts.

It’s true.

You maybe surrounded by Mother Nature, but we city folk typically don’t own cars, so we walk and use public transportation to get around.  We also live in much smaller homes and apartments, which means we use less energy — about one-half the electricity as our non-city friends. We also generate fewer greenhouse gases.

Don’t take my word for it.  There’s a great book out on the topic —  “Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability” by David Owens.

Heck, this week alone, I took commuter rail to Connecticut and Long Island, took a quick bus trip to Boston, and scooted around Manhattan on the subway and my own two feet.

I know that many rural areas don’t have the public transportation system that New York City enjoys. But, the next time you have that knee-jerk inclination to bemoan our urban areas, remember: the way we live our lives is good for everyone.