Greetings from Big Sur

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of staying at the luxurious and eco-friendly Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur (a trip made more enjoyable by the fact that we did not have to pay for the pricey resort).

Check out some of the Post Ranch’s cool green features:

Post Ranch offers free reusable water bottles to take advantage of the area’s clean, fresh water and to discourage disposable water bottles.

Want chilled water? The resort provides glass water bottles in each room’s fridge, refilling and reusing empty bottles.

The resort’s 208 kilowatt solar array.

And who knew solar panels made a great shelter for wild turkeys?

Many of the fruits, vegetables and herbs used at the Post Ranch’s restaurant are grown in its own garden.

And did I mention that Big Sur is paradise?  Who needs Hawaii and palm trees?  I’ll take Big Sur over a tropical vacation any day.

Post-game wrap-up

Maybe it was the sold-out stadium, the buzzing crowd or the long-standing SF-LA rivalry, but last night’s Giants game against the Dodgers was exciting for me, someone who is usually pretty bored by baseball.

I love seeing all the recycling and composting bins at the stadium, but you know what AT&T Park really needs? Water bottle refill stations, like the above station at SFO. That way, fans can reduce plastic waste, drink pristine Hetch Hetchy water and not pay $8 for one bottle of water.

In non-green observations, I have to say I really dislike how stadiums now play an intro song for each player. It makes me feel like a grumpy old man to complain about liking things they way they used to be, but nothing beats the cheesy Hammond organ for me.

Hearing a snippet of AC/DC or Bon Jovi as each player comes up to bat gives me the same feeling as those slick biographical videos presidential candidates play at their parties’ conventions. It feels too prepackaged and commercial, like I’m watching an infomercial, and the next thing you know I’m convinced that yes, my sofa is sagging, and I need to buy the Seat Saver to make sure sumo wrestlers can sit on my couch comfortably.