Today is Earth Day and I just came back from a morning spent at my kid's school helping them celebrate. This consisted of wrangling a bunch of grade school kids with weapons of mass destruction (aka rakes) sloppily wielded stakes (aka branches) and an inability to distinguish between dead leaves and newly growing plants. At the peak of the chaos I said, "What we really need here is Captain Planet!" and got blank stares. I stood there trying to explain the wonder that was Captain Planet, he of the green hair and blue skin, because explaining myself would make me look less crazy. Here's my tip for the day. If you make a Captain Planet reference on Earth Day and no one gets it, just let it go. Trying to make yourself look competent by talking about the five rings and their power combined and maybe singing a bit of the song, it doesn't help. Not at all. I'm just hoping they don't revoke my volunteer privileges. Say it with me..."Go Planet!!"
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