Available now in Ecuador….

A couple of years ago, the president of Ecuador made an offer to the world. For just $3.6 Billion, he will forgo any drilling for oil in Yasuni National Park in the eastern part of the country. Ok, it’s not like you would actually own it, but just think about it!!!

To be able to protect a pristine part of the Amazon rain forest from being exploited… what an opportunity!!!

Back at the beginning of this century, Canada was racking up surpluses of $10 Billion a year! What a great way to spend some surplus cash! Think about the PR potential… “This rain forest protected by (fill in the blank).”

The United states spends $300 million EVERY day pursuing its war in Afghanistan!!! take 12 days off, protect a rain forest! Hell, make it an even two weeks… the extra $600 million could go a long way for Malaria nets in Africa. Maybe after you and the Taliban get back at it after the hiatus, you’ll forget what it was you were killing each other over in the first place.

On the other hand, why restrict it to any one country? A couple of countries could go halfsies on it! think about the good feelings that could be fostered by enemies coming together for the common good. India…Pakistan? Are you listening? Think about it.

Let’s not forget the obvious, either. There are certain individuals on this planet who have MORE than enough cash to protect this rain forest and several others! Would it not be fitting for a Saudi Shiek to use oil money to prevent future drilling? How about Bill Gates? It would make a lovely new logo for Windows 9.9.

Or Oprah!!!

Yes… just think about it! “You get a tree, and you get a tree, and YOU get a tree!!!!!!”

The real beauty is that it can be amortized over 13 years! HOLY! This deal just gets better and better! That is less than $300 million a year!

But act now…… supplies of pristine, 10,000 square kilometre tracts of wild Amazon are drying up.




He’s got this dream….

That is a line from one of my absolute favorite songs of ALL time.

“Baker Street” by the late, great Gerry Rafferty. One of life’s simple pleasures is tripping across that song on the radio. The mournful wail of the saxophone, the haunting words…. pure poetry from beginning to end.

By the way, I KNOW there is a remake out there… it just simply does not merit mention in this space.

Anyways… I always ponder over that line whenever I hear that song.

`He`s got this dream about buying some land, gonna give up the booze and the one night stands…. `

Is it instinctually human to have a desire to own land? Maybe it’s just me? Hell, I own an acre of land, with a humble little abode on it, and I feel like buying property every time I hear that line! Not a huge amount of land, just enough that I can’t see anyone from it. Maybe 10 acres or so…. maybe a little more. The desire within me gets to the point that sometimes I check around my area to see what is available in the way of vacant land up for bids.

There is a LOT of speculation going on out there!

A lot of people think their land is worth a LOT of money. Who am I to say… maybe it is. It is safe, at this point, to assume that I am in no danger of losing my virtues by becoming some kind of land baron. I’m simply just not that smart, and I am really, really cheap!

Oh… and my lack of smartness in prior engagements (That is so funny when i think about it….), has left me without the funds required of a baron of any type.

Now in spite of this, I still look. I look at land far away from other people. Somewhere with some space. Just me and no one else. I want to be able to protect that tiny little sliver of land from anyone ever building a McMansion on it. I want there to be some wildlife on it. Ok, not lions and zebras and the such, but squirrels are welcome, and chipmunks, and maybe some deer would cross my mythical, nonexistent land at some point. Oh! Bunny rabbits… gotta have some bunny rabbits! I don’t fancy myself a Dr. Doolittle or anything silly like that, but it would be nice to protect some small area from the evils that we have visited upon this land in the name of progress.

Now, as to the rest of the line that has me so enthralled…. I am really not much of a boozer. Two beers is pretty much a full night of drinking for me. As for one night stands.. I had one once. But I kind of screwed it up…. it started on a Saturday and went through until the following Thursday!

So that just leave the dream, about buying some land. I know at this stage in my life that it will probably remain just that, a dream. Still, it is a nice dream. A sunny day dream, with green grass, a little creek, birds singing…. and me just lying there, flat on my back, staring at the deep blue sky and taking it all in.

Of course, with my luck, that would be precisely the point where I get stung by a bee, to which I am deathly (you know, to the point of death) allergic.