Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Running Fully Charged

Today you were far away
And I didn't ask you why
What could I say
I was far away
You just walked away
And I just watched you
What could I say
About Today, The National, Cherry Tree

A couple of weeks ago the battery of my trusty iPod shuffle died. It's about 3 or 4 years old and cost me about $40 so I figure  it doesn't owe me a penny.  Do the math; $40 divided by 3500 miles = $0.0114 / mile.  Not a bad investment.  When I told my son Max that I was planning to toss it and buy a new one he objected.  He's terribly concerned about e-waste and other environmental issues as many young people are these days.  I remember quoting David Suzuki to Max when he was a little lad (I paraphrase)...
...the previous generations have created enormous environmental messes.  This generation of young people is the last possible generation that can clean it up. Unlike previous generations, they don't have an option, it can't be ignored...
When I told him I was planning on tossing the old iPod and buying a new one he asked why I would not just change the battery.
Old man: Hmm, never thought of that.

Young lad: That's the trouble with your generation, you simply toss things away without thinking of the consequences.

Old man, sheepishly: Hmm, you're right.

That's when the David Suzuki quote came back to haunt me.  

My son ordered a new battery online for $6.00 and had it installed and charged within several days.  It's good for another 3000 to 4000 miles. 
The old iPod before undergoing open heart surgery.
The environmentalist at work.
So friends -damaged, injured, healthy, sad - don't toss the old iPod, camera, phone... change the battery! It's a good day to be alive and running fully charged.