Finding a rental property in Melbourne is a bit of a mission. There is a less than 1% vacancy rate here right now. In the meantime, I’m staying with my good friends, Dale and Debbie. Dale is a techno-freak and has a house full of consumer goods: 3 computers, umpteen kitchen gadgets and a massive LCD TV that has replace the plasma TV he had before. He argues that this is environmentally friendly because it uses less power, but I know he knows that those power savings will never make up for the environmental cost of production and the eventual cost of disposal.
So when I find my flat, I am going to resist the urge to get a TV at all. I can get a lot of my entertainment online. I can play DVDs on my Mac (even the 8 year old G4 titanium laptop I’m typing on right now) and I can “go out and do something less boring instead“. The movies, musuems, galleries: I love going to art galleries and a visit to a Colin McCahon exhibition at the Christchurch Art Gallery inspired this Sunday cartoon.