Mary forwarded on to me an initiative from the Ocean Conservancy, regarding "Protecting California's Coast."
I have to admit the images on the site got me nostalgic for Blue Planet and the propaganda stirred me, so I "took action." Which basically meant that the site sent an e-mail to Governor Schwarzenegger, expressing their views from my e-mail address.
Well, I got a reply fairly quickly ... from Arnold Schwarzenegger. It is amazing how a form letter from a known identity has so much more behind it (here is the closing from the e-mail):
Thank you for taking the time to write.
Normally, when I read such letters, I just give them the "blah-blah-blah" skim job. But once I have an identity to attach to it, and I can actually read voices and see mannerisms, suddenly thewords become interesting. I have received these kinds of things from people like Schwarzenegger, Obama, Daley, Blagojevich, Elizabeth Dole, Bush(es),
Now, Mary sent me something about Mayor Newsom's initiatives ... I tried to read about it, but I don't know how to mimic him yet ... so I quickly faded into imagining Commando standing at Point Reyes swinging a giant uprooted redwood trunk at ocean-attacking robotic bugs, complete with water-and-fish-draining elephant trunks.
Then I realize, when it comes to politics, I am part of the problem, not the solution...