I participated in tonight's Earth Hour, and felt like scrapping about my experience. The picture is one I took of the candlelight reflecting on my bathroom countertop during the "blackout". To create the grunged photo effect, I used PSP's blending modes to combine my picture with the dark brown grunge paper from Erica Hite's "Just the Basics Paper Biggie"
Turn off all lights and electronics for one hour, beginning at 8:30pm.
At first I didn’t think I could survive a whole hour in the dark without any electronics. At any point in time, I usually have a computer, TV, CD player, or radio turned on. But when I heard about Earth Hour, I figured I’d give it a try. By 8:30pm, all my electronics and lights were turned off, and candles were lit: 2 in the bedroom, 1 in the bathroom. I warned Holly about this challenge, just so she wouldn’t think I was crazy for sitting in a dark bedroom. She didn’t seem too keen on the idea, but much to my surprise, she did turn off all the apartment lights except for the ones in her bedroom.
I kept busy during the hour by doing simple things: clearing off my bed so I have a place to sleep, browsing through some sales ads by flashlight, cuddling and petting my cat Noelle, and playing with my camera trying to get good pictures of the candles. I even spent a few peaceful minutes laying on my bed, staring at the flickering candlelight on my ceiling, and thinking about nothing in particular. The hour flew by! Not once did I miss the TV or computer. What a surprise!
I don’t know if my hour-long efforts made much difference in saving the world (or putting a dent in my electric bill), but it did provide a much needed peaceful reprise from an otherwise fast-paced, technology-filled life.
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