Since CFLs are produced by GE, I’ve decided to boycott that corporate giant whenever possible. It’s easy enough not to watch their TV networks (the NBCs) since I despise TV. As soon as my appliances die, I’m going to buy some other brand.
The last straw came when my husband replaced the bulbs in the bathroom with CFLs.
My friends know I’m no diva. I don’t spend much time in the bathroom. I’m not big on makeup or long steamy showers. I get in, and I get out. I spend five minutes blowing out my hair, and it is three and a half minutes too long for me. However, when I’m in there, I would like to be able to see myself in something stronger than a sickly, diffuse yellow light.
This growing dissatisfaction with CFLs led me on a long journey to find a normal, ordinary light bulb. They are not sold in stores anymore. They’re not in Home Depot; they’re not even in specialty lighting stores. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to buy a regular incandescent bulb these days. Incandescent light bulbs are going the way of the dinosaur and the drive-in movie, and will be permanently phased out.
I also heard on a radio program that incandescent light bulbs are going to be increasingly hard to find. People all over the country are beginning to hoard them. This news quickened my resolve.
The Internet is a wonderful thing, particularly when it comes to shopping. With just a few clicks, I found LightBulbDirect. Of course, I had to buy a case of each desired wattage (60 and 100), meaning my shipment will include a total of 240 light bulbs, more than enough bright light for the rest of my life.
For all of your pseudo-environmentalists who are spewing steam at this very moment, I’m making up for my carbon footprint in other ways. I have a jungle’s worth of houseplants, recycle everything, and am beginning to compost. I drive a hybrid and walk when it’s not raining. We use the back sides of used copy paper and shred the double-sided stuff for package stuffing.
This is the real world. I need real light, even if it means stockpiling a lifetime’s worth of light bulbs in the basement.
Perhaps my kids can eBay what’s left over after I’m gone.