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I just moved to OB and I love it here. I want to know if buying a real tree that has been cut down for X-mas is an OB thing to do? My boyfriend says OBecians love Mother Earth and don’t cut down trees. I live in a 400 square foot cottage so a tree might not fit anyway. What would a true Obecian Do?
Dear OB Wannabe:
Welcome to OB. First of all, 400 square feet is plenty of room for a tree in an OB cottage, you gotta think vertically newbie! Your surfboard goes on the ceiling.
Secondly, remind your boyfriend that OB is for everyone, including tree killers and earth lovers. (BTW, his surfboard stays in his car!) You should know by now, especially after the X-mas parade (which you must have attended if you really want to be an OBecian), that here in OB a celebration is more important then an environmental cause. I’m afraid your boyfriend is right, while we do love mother earth here, not as much as a good party. Take our 4th of July fireworks for instance, they’re bad for the earth, we know, but we think ours is a small crime. At least we don’t have fireworks AND cut down Torrey Pines, build mansions on seacliffs, burn megawatts of energy to fuel our homes, gas guzzling cars, boats, and RVs while still being being miserable, uptight, unfriendly people who vote against the legalization of marijuana and alcohol on the beach like some communities we know. See? It’s hard to feel bad when you look at it from this perspective.
Also, you live in a small cottage paying high rent so you’re probably too poor to make much of an impact on the earth anyway. My advice is to support an OB business by buying a tree at the AppleTree grocery store, keep the tree until May when all the needles have fallen off, use the needles as mulch in your tiny garden and find a use for the trunk, like carving it into a walking stick.
If you still need a little absolution from guilt, do penance by picking up trash on the beach for 1 week. I hope this helps but I’m just a convert so I welcome input from other people who feel they have can shed light on what a true OBecian would do.