Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Big Green Bus Stops for a Visit

We got a treat this week, playing host to 15 college students who are touring the country in a mobile educational vehicle. My wife's niece, Anna Wearn, was among the Dartmouth students who are touring America in the Big Green Bus, and they camped out at our house for a couple nights, and got to enjoy Cedar Point before taking off for their next stop, Columbus. The Plain Dealer's environmental beat reporter Michael Scott posted this video interview with Anna, and the accompanying story ran in the print edition yesterday. You can learn more about their cross-country sojourn at the bus' website. If you like, you can even track their progress through the Big Green Bus blog.


At 4:25 PM, Anonymous sonia said...

Saw the bus drive by when it was here, and had no clue what it was about. Thanks for getting me up to speed. Your niece is adorable, intelligent and articulate. I wonder how old the people are who thought they were hippies, and how exactly they would define one. Yeah, that Dartmouth is just spews out hippies like a meat grinder at McDonalds. Sheesh.

Maybe young Anna and her friends rattled the cages of people who are logic-challenged fear-mongers like her ol' Uncle John does rather effectively on occasion. I hope so, our world needs people who will think outside the gaspump. Real subversives, those kids, they could go and give some of us ordinary folk hope for the future.

At 7:59 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Anna Wearn is a remarkable lady, and the youngest of four equally remarkable Wearn siblings from Oregon. It was wonderful to see her in her element, with her school friends. But she shone even brighter still in that video.

At 9:30 AM, Blogger Kim said...

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At 9:32 AM, Blogger Kim said...

(I hate when I typo when I'm commenting)

John, this is the sort of news that fills me with such hope for our future. What an engaging young lady... You just have to know I love this!

The green movement is so contagious, I love the enthusiasm surrounding it. Thank you for sharing this uplifting story!

At 10:29 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

It is contagious, in part because of the passion and commitment of people such as Anna and her friends. Glad you liked it, Kim, as I knew you would.

At 7:21 PM, Blogger LIVE TO EAT said...

Anna is a lovely lady in every way, John. Your family must, and should, be very proud.

It's comforting to know that people like Anna are part of our future.

Thanks, Anna, for setting a sterling example.

At 7:31 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Anna's fan base continues to grow. Maybe we should launch a companion site for her groupies. Better yet, perhaps you can stop by the Big Green Bus blog & show her some appreciation there. Young folks like her do indeed make me optimistic about the future.

At 11:44 AM, Blogger LIVE TO EAT said...

It would be a pleasure to leave a comment for Anna and her crew on The Big Green Bus blog, however it's not possible to leave a comment because the comments are closed on the blog.

Please indulge me, John, may I leave Anna a message here?

At 12:08 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

By all means, please do, Michael. I'll see that she gets it. Thanks.

At 12:30 PM, Blogger LIVE TO EAT said...

Please let me begin by thanking our esteemed host, John Ettorre, for indulging me here on his honorable forum. Many thanks, John.

Hello Anna,

I truly enjoyed your video and respect the work you and your crew are pursuing. What a pleasure it is to see well spoken people passionate about the world we live in. It is plain to see that your intentions will altruistically have a positive effect for all mankind. That does not make you a hippy, it simply makes you a kind, caring and conscientious human being.

Most of us have faith in you, I doubt that anyone can make you lose focus. Thank you and continued success on your tour. Be safe.

At 10:07 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Thanks, Michael.


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