This is a classic. I gotta preface this by saying the issue of the environment isn't one of my biggest priorities in life. I am not very persuaded by the likes of Al Gore, et. al. But at the same time, I am not one to totally deny global warming either. I have seen a lot of evidence supporting both sides of the argument. One thing I am not is a kool-aid drinker where I just blindly believe everything that the environmentalists tell me. I don't drive a Prius, I don't buy carbon off-sets, and I don't ride my bike around town. And if you or others do, cool. I got no problem with that. Where I do start to get irritated is when one of these Gore lovers start to preach to me. But it's most offensive when they are worse offenders than I am. So that's what happened to me today, while giving an estimate. I was out giving a landscaping bid at this McMansion nearby. It looks fairly similar to the one pictured below. Huge tennis court, pool, courtyards, acres of manicured turfgrass, 4 car garage, you name it. The guy takes me around his 10 acre property to show me one of his lawns (8500 sq. ft.) that he wants removed and then replaced with new sod - a job that would be the better part of a week for us to do. I explain to him it will take me 20 minutes in my truck to price out and type up his proposal and then I'll knock on his door when I am ready. Now understand that it's like 38 degrees only outside today and my 6 year old son is in the truck with me. So I get back in the truck, fire it up, and turn on the heater so we can stay warm while I am working on the estimate. Then, as I am typing, 2 minutes later there is a knock on my window. It's the wife, who I hadn't met until now. I rolled down the window and said, "Oh, hi! Sorry. Am I in your way? I can back up..." She says to me, "No. You're fine. It's just that I have a thing about revving engines. It's so bad for the environment, you know. You guys are welcome to come inside and do that." I was kind of caught off guard. Never heard that one before. But I explained that I couldn't do that because my laptop and printer were all set up and plugged in inside my truck, and it was just easier to do it here. She said, "Oh, ok. Well, do you mind just turning off the engine then? I hate to be wasteful. Thanks!" I was kind of dumbfounded. I reluctantly agreed because her husband was cool as heck and we probably have a great chance of landing this fairly big job. But what I wanted to say was, "Give me a break, lady! Do you realize how many old growth trees they cut down to build your McMansion here? Do you realize that where your 100 x 50 tennis court is used to be lots of lush plants and trees all helping our planet breath? Do you realize how much "carbon" based energy your outdoor heated pool uses each day? Do you even realize that I would create more exhaust out of our Bobcat MT55 in one hour while we're doing your landscaping than I could create in a day with this new pickup? Give me a freakin' break, lady!" I just couldn't believe it. Here she is living this super luxurious lifestyle and her family probably creates a bigger "carbon footprint" in one month than my family does in a 2 years. But my truck running for 20 minutes to keep me and my son warm is ruining the planet. She's got some nerve. I just couldn't believe it.