Freezing, actually below freezing outside this morning. My poor son is out in this meat-locker we call central Indiana, going door-to-door for Scouting for Food. He's a good scout. If he knocks on your door, drop in an extra can of spaghetti sauce.
Earth Hour. "How does one celebrate Earth Hour, Doug?" Good question imaginary reader. We celebrate Earth Hour by turning off lights, TVs, computers, radios, anything that runs on electricity, from 8:30p-9:30p.
Around the world, many businesses and popular landmarks go dark for an hour to help raise awareness of the need to address climate change and to become aware of the energy we use. These included The Eiffel Tower, The Empire State Building, Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, The Pyramids of Giza, Big Ben, Trevi Fountain, Sears Willis Tower in Chicago, and even the strip in Las Vegas. Sounds like a perfect plot element for "Ocean's 14".
Last year, my kids and I shut the house down, lit some candles, and played Uno.
They hated it.
Longest hour, ever.
But they still talk about it. I guess torture is one way to raise awareness.
[Note: at the time I was typing this, the official Earth Hour website was not responding. These folks are hard core. You might need to go to Wikipedia, which either doesn't observe Earth Hour quite as strictly, or has a couple dozen interns on exercise bikes hooked up to generators.]
Numbers: 1.6 miles, slow, to the trail loop and back. Not much more that a warm-up.