Monday, December 05, 2005

A Cup Of Joe

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I'd grown accustomed to waking early on Saturday and Sunday mornings, going for a run, and then heading to the neighborhood Dunkin' Donuts for a medium vanilla hazelnut coffee, black. It was an essential part of my pre-studio ritual and, as Jake Berthot told me in graduate school, "without ritual, [artmaking] is only prayer." The Dunkin' Donuts ritual, though, will have to be replaced with another: brewing coffee at home.

In my continuing quest to mitigate negative environmental impact - thus, my shift to an unusual brand of hunter-gatherer vegetarianism, "green" household products, renewable energy credits and organic foods - I am now forced to swear off the double D, not only because they don't offer shade-grown, organic coffee, but also because the chain refuses to adopt paper cups. Instead, Dunkin' Donuts insists on sticking with cups of the Styrofoam variety, serving 2.7 million of these non-biodegradable vessels a day.

Of course, it's best to avoid disposable cups altogether. Using ceramic or reusable plastic mugs is not only environmentally friendly, but potentially cheaper. Some chains, Starbucks included, offer discounts to customers who carry their own beverage container.

If you're shrugging and thinking, "Come on, this is more granola than using canvas sacks at the grocery store," keep the following statement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in mind. "Even 500 years from now, the foam coffee cup you used this morning will be sitting in a landfill." That just ain't cool.

Photo credit: "Mobil Dunkin' Donuts," Oil on canvas, 2002, by Bruce Mitchell


Devo said...

...and that glowing green depleted Plutonium will still be deadly and searing hot to the touch, buried a thousand feet under Yucca Mountain, hoping that the ancestors of those nearsighted fools who decided they should put it there have found a way to atone for the sins of their fathers...

We're making many mistakes right now, HH. I've been trying to stick to the Organic brands as much as I can. At least rainforest network certified brands. Amazing how much a little certification like that can jack up the price of a pound of java. But I suppose it's better than just closing your eyes and continuing to be a n obedient little cog in the great captialist machine we're running, eh?

Speaking of which, Im reading a neat lil' book now called Jennifer Government. It's pretty intriguing...

Hungry Hyaena said...


Exactly...which is why I like to bathe in plutonium during the winter months. My testes may swell and become discolored - due to some mild inflamation (read: genetic deformation) - but it keeps me cozy-poo.

Going the organic route does hurt the wallet. This incenses me; I look forward to leaving the city and going truly organic (via the backyard vegetable garden). In the meantime, I'll just keep paying high prices and doing my best to determine which "Certified Organic" products are legit.

I've read some reviews of "Jennifer Government." It's already been optioned by some film companies and I'll just wait for the movie...not because I'm some crass philistine, but I get the sense - admittedly, this is based on the reviews and not my own reading - that the writing is pretty poor. I'm a real writing snob and I struggle through books that aren't well written, even if the story is top shelf. I haven't made it through a Hary Potter installment for this reason and some of Philip K. Dick's novels were dropped on the same charges. It's hard work being an asshole.

Devo said...

You know, I've been thinking about a movie adaptation of JG ever since I cracked it. You hit the nail on the head with the quality of writing charge. I probably could have composed the damn book in high school... but the story is genuinely cool. AND, if it's done properly, it could make a pretty fantastic movie. Action, adventure and big guns make for movie funtimes. And mark my words, the character of JG is built for Angelina Jolie. The jury's still out on whether she's attractive or repulsive. I go back and forth, really. Though her turn as Mrs. Smith certainly pushed her closer to the "hot" camp.