Sunday, April 29, 2007
Still camera-free here; please make do with a month-old photo of some lacinato kale
Labels. We all have them, most of us 'fess up to them, and sometimes we go beyond them. So I was thinking today about what *we* (Tom and I) are now. I know that personally I am, well, at least post-Catholic; my college certainly cured me of that, and any, religion (to my mom's horror). And now we are no longer yuppies, as we're neither young, nor urban, and only I, on a good day, can be considered "professional." I will say that on some things those old labels have some residual pull. So I lean some ways thanks to the Church's teaching, er, indoctrination of my wee brain over the 16 years in its schools. And I also have some yuppie buying habits. But now those buying habits have a twist.
I am compiling items for our new kitchen. Now that my eyes have been opened to global warming/peak oil issues, I have looked into other ways to cook my food. So I am considering an induction cooktop. Our electricity here is NooKeeLar as our esteemed president calls it; it's a zero or near-nuff for carbon emissions, and is certainly cheap, despite its other faults. And induction is a lot more efficient than either electric or gas for stovetop use. I would have to sacrifice my ancient aluminum pancake griddle, as it literally isn't conducive, but so it goes. And then there's the oven. How about this one? It's a woodburner AND it's a bread oven. And it's cute.
Yes, I can hear all of you sigh now. There is something rather stupid about having to buy my way into a lifestyle, albeit a slow one, especially by consuming NEW products like these when, in reality, the dumb electric stove/range I already possess works well and IS efficient in its own (dumb) way. And it is self-delusional to think that I am going to fire up a woodstove in the warm months if I want a loaf of bread. But I am a post-Yuppie, and these things die slowly, if at all. I somehow WANT. And (thankfully) it's not from an ad on tv, or from something my neighbor has: I just think it's cooool, that hot stove, that induction cooktop.
It's all something to consider. Being post-Catholic, I still think about some kind of balance sheet of the have-dones versus the haven't-dones: I am hoping it all evens out. My profession (construction) means I stand atop a massive pile of landfill waste, and I won't even go into the amount of carbon burned up to make any of my buildings, green or no. So I think. A lot. And I still hate my kitchen, especially considering how much time I spend in it, so something needs to change.
I'm just wondering who I need to pay off, you know?