Tonight at 8:30 pm is Earth Hour and people around the world are asked to turn out their lights. Here’s a description of the event from their website:
Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world. Born out of a hope that we could mobilize people to take action on climate change, Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment.
My family and I will be celebrating with an event by Lake Ontario. But in honour of Earth Hour, here is a lights-out postcard:
I have several of these places “by night” postcards. They are almost always just a plain black postcard (get the joke?) and can be found from around the world.
This one from Key West, Florida is definitely an improvement on the standard. It really captures the things one is apt to see in Key West at night (except change “Lost Tourist” to “Drunk Tourist”). I sent this postcard when I was teenager to my grandparents. I had no idea what a “Man of the Night” was back then (and wouldn’t have sent it to my grandparents if I did).
“Howdy. Happy New Year!!! We sure had a quiet New Year’s Eve down here as we were all sick from the cold Mom imported from Canada. Well I got to soke up enough sun and fun to last for a few months, as I’ll soon be back in Guelph. Isn’t this postcard funny? Those Palmetto Bugs are huge – and look just like roaches. I can do without Key’s West’s wildlife. Anyway, I’ll see you soon.”
I have no idea why I said we had a quiet New Year, as we went to a wild street party in Key West. But the Palmetto Bugs really are huge and disgusting.