I’ve mentioned before that I am usually either the first person to arrive in our office, or the second. My coworker and I both tend to stop at Dunkin’ Donuts, we both respect each other’s choice of parking spot, and we both believe that all the light switches should be pointed up (even though two of them are part of respective three-way circuits).
While this routine has been going on for years, we rarely arrive at the same time. A couple of weeks ago, we arrived at almost the same time. What I didn’t know is that we had arrived at Dunkin’ Donuts at the same time. I found out when I got to work when she explained that she was behind me.
“I saw you at Dunkin’ Donuts.”
“You did? I’m sorry, I didn’t notice you.”
“I pulled in right behind you, but I used the drive-through. Apparently, you go inside the store.”
“Yes, I’m trying to lower my carbon footprint.”
We both laughed.
Then I explained:
“I like to go inside to see which donuts are fresh.”
Monday was Earth Day. I don’t go overboard with this stuff, but I do tend to avoid drive-through lanes whenever possible. And, in my capacity of the poor slob who remains responsible for the office admin budget, I asked the person who orders the supplies if we could switch to non-plastic coffee stirrers.
I’m not sure how big a difference that makes, but I can well imagine that the plastic stirrers will survive the next ice-age, the return of the dinosaurs and the meteor that follows. I’m not a fan of cutting down trees to stir coffee, but when you consider the alternatives, I think I made the right choice.
In the absence of any sort of stir-stick, most people would use a plastic spoon or worse, a metal spoon. The metal spoon would be worse because A) they wouldn’t wash them and, B) if they did, they would waste about 5 gallons of water, waiting for it to get hot and then they would dry the spoon with paper towels (and not replace the roll if they used the last one).
This belated Happy Earth Day post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.