I suppose I'll need to apologize in advance for this post...as apparently I'm slow on the uptake.
I could really use some help here.
So I crack open a bottle of Vitamin Water this morning, the latest item of consumption in my rotating cornucopia of breakfast options.
As I'm drinking it, I notice the recycling label...you know, that triangular arrow thing? I always enjoy looking at the triangular arrow recycling logos...it seems to emit an "Oh yeah!" from me every time.
Next to the triangular arrow recycling logo on the bottle of Vitamin Water was a little text referring to said logo, and it stated this:
"30 may be the new 20, but green is definitely the new black. please recycle."
Okay...other than being annoyed by the lack of capitalization (which seemed to be a consistent theme throughout the language on the bottle, WTF?), what is this "black" thing all about?
Again, I apologize for this.
Help me out here...I guess I have few points of reference to go by, at least anything that would be obvious to me...what does it mean when it refers to "black" like that? Black in a fashion sense, as in look-at-my-cool-chic-new-spendy-outfit-while-I-walk-around-Manhattan? Is it a Goth thing? ...or black as in a middle schooler "emo" sense? In a beat generation or Velvet Underground sense? What am I missing here? When was black ever it's own unique fad, besides the clothing folks wear to funerals and the day after the world ends when they lose an election?
OMG, I just saw another saying using black in that sense online just now! "Frugality is the new black." it said... Auuuuuuuuuuuuggggggggghhhhhhhhhh!!! I'm being attacked!
I want to believe that I didn't crawl out from under a rock this morning. I recall the fads of the 70s...I recall bell botton jeans...I recall synthesizers and neon being big in the 80s...and I recall purple and teal being big in the 90s...but black? No idea. All I can think of is when the Velvet Underground emerged in the late 60s and all of Lou Reed's schtick, and I believed their black clothing served as a counterpoint to the hippie movement at the time...or perhaps it's always been around, and always been cool? ...and what would you call that, "permachic?" Did I just invent a new word? Am I losing my mind?
So back to the issue at hand. When was black cool? ...and moreover, when was it cool enough to evoke enough status to make its way into pop culture sayings like that, to the effect that it appears on a bottle of Vitamin Water in the year 2009?
Can someone give me a literal explanation of this? Explain it to me like I'm a 2nd grader...and no, I cannot read between the lines.
Please help, it's issues central in the control room today.
...is to represent an environmental chronicle of sorts --- an ongoing report card on the status of our national and planet-wide ecology --- and discussion of what our political landscape brings to bear on it. Together we can help affect change!!!
I might occasionally noodle into other topics that keep me amused, such as music and a little sports commentary, just to mix things up a bit.
Be sure to keep visiting the p-patch to see what kind of new shtick is growing. The best garden parties are here! ...FYI it's pronounced "pee-patch" (not trying to encourage indecent exposure in the garden either, so keep your pants zipped please)
A polar bear's plea...
"Hey human dummies! When you screw me out of my homeland, you screw yourself!" Wow! I didn't know a polar bear could talk --- but I hear what he's saying --- do you?
It's so darn oooooooold around here!!! Where's Rip Van Winkle?
Majestic Old Growth in Washington State mystifies the senses.
The "superintendents of the desert" silently rule in God's country...
...the mighty saguaros reach for the heavens - and echo the timeless heritage of Arizona.
Ahhh, it's the spidery Ocotillo cactus...
...my favorite desert plant... another survivor, and its floral blooms in springtime are amazing... uh, I hope the biker doesn't wipe out. That would hurt.
An Arizona Cardinal taking advantage of some leisure time (when it's not getting checked midfield by an angry Seahawk). Is Zorn in the room?
The Oregon Coast
Some of the most amazing views and rugged coastline on the planet. Proves that Mother Nature is the greatest artist - hands down.
another "lunatic fringe frightener," a p-patch scarecrow.
I've gotta get me one of these! This garden party probably rocks, and it looks like a bit of a freak show, like something left over from a Sun Ra concert. My kind of folk.
Hints on how to behave in the p-patch - a loose "civility policy" if you will...
Say what you mean, and mean what you say, but don't be mean when you say it. If you're one of those p-patch bullies, then we'll turn the hose on you.
This site is intended for constructive dialogue and expression of views - let's keep it that way and have some fun!
Personal attacks are totally unnecessary, and those doing so in the garden may trip over a sprinkler hose, step on a rake, or even get a shovel thrown at them (but hey, I didn't do it).
SWEVA'S P-PATCH is a blog. If you're new to this sort of forum, I'd advise you to read some postings and walk around the garden a bit before posting any comments. That way you'll have more fun at the garden party!
so Sweva, I still don't get it. What in the heck's a "p-patch?"
A p-patch is a small community garden. The ones I'm familiar with are in Seattle, and from what I can tell managed in a coordinated effort between the city and residents since they legally belong to the public. The city actually has a job dedicated specifically to the p-patch program, "Community Garden Liaison." While they may be on private property, they are sanctioned and protected through easements and cannot be wrecked by a said property owner - even if they're blocking street access from garages. Many of the p-patches are nearly microscopic in size and tucked into odd little corners around town. I'll try to find a link that has more insights and see how the program got started.