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Here’s The Scoop … Green Is For Grouch ….

SEEING “RED” ….

Dear Readers … It is officially spring in Chicago…With that comes something this writer has never faced before… an apartment that is in a building that has a “forced air” system that uses water -warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer  running through pipes that are connected to vents…The brochure the building slid under my front door last weekend explained this is “typical” of systems used in larger residential structures in Chicago….Hmmm…The brochure went on to explain the “process”…as the water is either heated or cooled, fans inside the walls blow the warm or cool air produced over coils and then through vent sin each apartment and all parts of the building…It went on to when heating the temperature of the water is gradually increased …and of course when cooling the temperature must be gradually decreased…The the crux of the brochure comes to light…”The key word is gradually”…Because they say rapid expansion and contraction of the pipes can cause fractures or leaks…and therefore to switch from warmer to colder temperatures must be done slowly… After that the brochure spells out the “pros and cons”…Forced air heating and air conditioning is reliable and results in less expensive utility bills… and they follow the municipal ordinance that requires them to provide heat from Sept. 15 through June 1…So in other words….. Forced air is “green” …… and spring in Chicago…with a few warm Florida -like days…is just like living in Florida with no AC!…..Give me a “G”……

Speaking of “green”… The $$$ kind of “green”…What’s the deal with framing a picture?.. (It’s been a very long time for this writer to have the need to do so) …. Why does it cost so much for putting up some artwork on the wall?… Who would believe the cost for little pieces of “wood” that range in price from $12 a foot to $30 and up ….And the process….is more like having a session….be prepared to spend some time….It entails which wood to choose? …The real stuff or the pressed? …It’s a little like buying Rooms To Go or Crate and Barrel!…..Are you in it for the short or long term?….Then there’s the mat…That too is a process…pick a color that “compliments” the art work…… including the umpteenth shades of white…..the choice of paper… quality …or not….being a few steps below….like that diamond with the clarity and the  cut and a few floating flaws on close inspection….Choose the thickness… Will you be matting it with a single mat or doubled … again it shows the $$$$…. Going for the plain edge or beveled?… (princess cut or round?)…Don’t forget the glass…”skimp” with the regular glaring sun damage prone pane ….. upgrade to UV protection …. or go for broke with the top of the line non-reflective UV …Cha-ching!…. Before you know it as you pile on with the experts “must haves”…the “expert” is piling up on the big bucks!… What to do?…. Economize and tweak it …..take out a loan…. do it “piecemeal” …or bite the bullet?….No wonder so many walls are now bare in America!.. Give me an “R”……

How “green” is it …environmentally and $$$$ -wise….when every baby item…from the mobile that goes on the crib …and the “Angel Care Alert Monitor”…the hand held color camera monitor .. along with the baby swing…… the vibrating and baby bounce seat…and the baby play mat with the moving colored fish…all come with countless batteries required …double A…triple A..C and D….So much for an early induction for this new generation to being “green”… Although, quite frankly it stands to reason ….for those in charge….(pun intended)….that baby being soothed…motivated…and engaged …through constant battery operated stimulation for increasing their brain power and lengthening their sleep time far outweighs any concern of where those batteries ultimately go!…. Stocking up on Duracell…… Give me an “O-U-C-H”……

Yep, …”Forced ” … “Framed”  & “Fully charged”….. “Green” is for “GROUCH”!…..

more to come…..

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