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Fri, Mar 17 2006

Green, Greens and Greenery

On this lovely St. Patrick's Day I wish you all the greenest of days. We'll be sporting lots of color on the Central California Coast, because the heavy rains of our winter months have resulted in lush plant matter in our valleys and on our hills. Later in the season the well-watered grasses will turn that soft golden-brown that California is so famous for wearing throughout most of the year. This also brings a long, difficult fire season, but we'll face that when we come to it. For now, we'll enjoy the season of green.

By the way, did you know you can get (or give) a gift of trees? If you join the Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 membership you will receive 10 free trees. Choose flowering varieties, oaks or others chosen to grow best in your particular climate. That's a nice bit of green we can all enjoy for generations to come.

I've been amused by the Roman Catholic clergy's various dispensations for parishioners wishing to partake of corned beef on this very St. Patrick's Friday. The green cabbage was apparently no problem, being a vegetable rather than a meat product. It does surprise me a bit that nothing was said about green beer and Irish whiskey, both of which have probably sparked a whole lot more trouble for Roman Catholic souls (and many others) than any bits of boiled, spiced beef roast.

Catholic or otherwise, if you insist on indulging at your local establishment this evening, I do hope that after you down your green beer you'll be sensible and keep your car keys in your pocket. Many hotels, cab companies, restaurants and other businesses now participate in programs that help drinkers get a safe ride home. If you are a drinker, or you're tempted to get into a car with a drinker, find out more about options like soberRide. That one is for those over age 21, but there are even programs for high school students who find themselves unable to get home safely after a night of drinking. One is Safe Ride, operated in cooperation with the American Red Cross—the latter of which is also a great organization to give your "green" to when you wish to choose a charity.

I wish everyone who reads this a happy, healthy, safe St. Patrick's Day.

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