There was a good article in BBC online news this morning. Here is the link: Flygskam
In English it’s “flight shaming” and it has to do with the carbon footprint of airplanes. If you read the article it explains it nicely. It’s a movement that started in Sweden, but it’s gaining traction elsewhere. You people in Europe are fortunate because you have wonderful train service. Here in the States it’s not so good. There are relatively few cross country passenger trains. Frau Grace and I often take the train from Sanford, Florida up to Lorton, Virginia and back. We get a little compartment. It’s a pleasant way to travel. We take a bottle of wine and enjoy ourselves. When I was a little boy my mother would take me on the trolley in Wilmington, Delaware. That’s where she grew up. When they started tearing up the tracks in the cities all over the county, even as a child I knew it was a big mistake. Cities are starting to realize that now. Washington D.C. has rebuilt one trolley line. That’s good. When I first moved there in 1979 we lived near a defunct trolley line, some of the tracks were still there. You might know that, like Ernie, I’m a lifelong, pathetic, unabashed tree hugger. I’m all for reducing our carbon emissions, and that goes hand in hand with tree hugging. Remember that photo I posted when I was 28 months old when my mother dressed me up like a little girl? That was in 1946. (I’m still carrying that baggage around. You young mothers, never do that to your little boys.) She posed me in front of her flower garden. Later, in the autumn of that year, she took me out to her garden and began to cut the flowers. I knew that would kill them, and I started crying. I told her to stop, but she explained that a frost was coming and all the flowers would die. Geeze, that just about broke my little tree hugging heart.
In my original strips in this story I wrote “Prease” instead of “Please”, and “Exackry”. My editors didn’t like that much.
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