Graham Land and His Green Peeves in El Pod of Cast
Did anything in that title make sense to you? Keep reading and all will be revealed.
Graham Land (possibly most awesome name ever) is an environmental writer who we knew back in the days of his straight edge youth, which incidentally served us well when we were locked out of our house one day in college, went to the house next door to hang out until the landlord came, and ended up looking super cool to the group of young straight edge musicians who lived there. Me, looking at CD featuring Graham and his band: “Huh. I think I know this guy.” Them: “You know Graham Land???” Me: “Yeah, we were friends in high school.” Them: “Oh my god, this is amazing.” Me: “Um, yeah.”
What? Oh yeah, back to work. Graham is now living in some socialist European country (aren’t they all though?) and writing about the green movement.
He’s also recently begun a podcast called El Pod of Cast – why does it remind us of El Cid every time we see it?
The most recent is about Graham’s “green peeve” regarding polar bears. A green peeve, according to Graham and his partner in crime, Saci Lloyd (British accent – must be a socialist), is a pet peeve related to the green movement.
Brilliant! We have many of these, some of which relate to socially conscious tourism. Here they are:
- Carbon offsets
- Cards at major hotel chains asking US to conserve water and hang up our towels – what are YOU doing, major hotel chain, just printing out tens of thousands of little cards?
- The fact that the best local lodging possibilities are hardest to find since they’re actually taking care of customers instead of creating great websites, marketing themselves, etc.
- Mice, bats, and creepy crawlies we’ve found in ecotourism lodging – hand to God, a roach the size of the palm of our hand. Don’t ask what we did with it. Okay, you asked. We put it in the freezer of the cabin (the humane way to kill bugs, we’re told) and smuggled it home in a Pringles container to add to the bug collection. Illegal? Unethical? You be the judge.
- Few swimming pools, spas, tennis courts, and other things that once in a while you’d just like to have on vacation.
There are more but we’ll stop here. Graham, thanks for introducing us to this new term, one which considering our penchant for snarkiness, will surely appear on this site again.