A Greenward Palindrome
by Barry Duncan
IN WHICH A CONVERSATION WITH TWO U.S. SENATORS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE EVOLVES QUITE NATURALLY INTO A CELEBRATION OF THE CAMBRIDGE ECO-BOUTIQUE GREENWARD – ITS MISSION, ITS OWNERS, ITS STAFF, ITS INVENTORY, ITS PATRONS, AND ITS SPIRIT – ON THE OCCASION OF ITS THIRD ANNIVERSARY
Won't I note Ben? Oh, still a cold, raw NE. Ergo: two nos. Day as dismal, climate big. Get Sen. (R- OK), sir. One disputes data in “war”? Damn, I do. Oh, retro? Paper a sham, lacks a bite. Mine position won. Kyoto? Negate; J.I.'d abet. Saw one rot. (Sneer.) Gas to low temp. Oh, sad loser, eh? Sit. Ah. We sue re caps, ocean?
Wows, is up: Mural a gem. It still, a ballet, how one in every 3 is awed. Art on!
At 1764 M. A., as I view Otsu, mill at some mags, I gab gab on. Sin. A catnip, a Reknitz on a pup. (Is it paw art?) Sleets? A Totes. “I was, I tote.”
No. No, see? Seeps. We fed ample. He's so PC in a Gro diaper.
(A IPO to CEO? Greed, sir! A fast ego's evil. Slam in a tub! How?)
One do Rei me. Togs. All is soft, safe, no? Rattle. Moth. Asleep.
Store: no BPA. Can I spot SIGG? (Is not a bottle beer, then a refill?!) Listen, a LP tray. (A LP is naive.) Was gift – rats! – late, Mom?
Gab. Keel. So ten, if smart, lug a bare hot pans: To-Go's tiffins (ha! sets!). A Taza tastes...ah! Sniff it. So, got snap? To HER, a bag (ultra-Ms.-fine-to-sleek bag). Mo' metal? Start. Figs? Awe. Via N.? Si. Play. Art.
Planet's ill. Life ran, eh? Tree. (Belt to baton, SIGG is tops in a cap.) Bone rots, peels. Ah, to melt tar, one fast fossil. (L.A.'s got 'em.) I erode now. Oh, but animals live, so get Safari's deer.
Repaid organic posse? Help! Made few. Speesees on one tot is a wise tot. A steel straw apt: I sip up an oz., tinker, a pint, a can. I, snob? AG bag is game. Most. All. I must owe, I. Visa. Am 46.71. Ta! No? Trade.
Was I 3 yr. even (i. e., now)? Oh, tell. A ball? It's time. Gala! Rumpus!
I, S.W., own a eco space. Reuse what is here sold. A shop. Me. Two lots. A green store. No, waste bad. I? Jet age no toy. Know. No, it is open. I met, I bask. Calm. Ah, S.A., rep a Porter 'hood in MA. Drawn? I? A tad. Set. Upside: no risk, or nest egg. I bet a mil clams, I'd say. Ad.
So now to Greenward: Local. Lit. Shone. Bet on it now.
ACRONYMS, REFERENCES, ABBREVIATIONS, AND SUCH:
Ben = Ben Nelson, Democratic senator from Nebraska.
NE = Nebraska.
Sen. (R-OK), J.I. = James Inhofe, Republican senator from Oklahoma.
Kyoto = The Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Mural a gem = Greenward's brilliant and iconic in-store mural, created by artist Craig Bostick.
1764 M. A. = 1764 Massachusetts Avenue, Greenward's address.
PC = politically correct.
IPO = Initial Public Offering.
CEO = Chief Executive Officer.
BPA = Bisphenol A, a potentially harmful chemical used in the making of plastic.
LP = long-playing vinyl record album.
L.A. = Los Angeles.
oz. = ounce.
S.W. = Scott Walker, owner of Greenward.
S.A. = Simone Alpen, owner of Greenward.
MA = Massachusetts.
COMPANIES AND PRODUCTS I MENTIONED IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER (and my apologies to those I missed – I'll catch you next time!):
Otsu = Little Otsu Publishing, stationery and greeting cards.
A catnip, a Reknitz on a pup = catnip toys and Reknitz reclaimed cotton dog sweater, both from West Paw Design.
A Totes = Totes Umbrellas.
in a Gro diaper = Gro Baby cloth diapers.
One do Rei me = Toby + Rei, eco-friendly baby clothes and accessories.
SIGG (mentioned twice) = SIGG of Switzerland water bottles.
a LP tray = LP snack tray by Vinylux.
To-Go's tiffins = tiffin set by To-Go Ware.
A Taza = Taza Chocolate, makers of organic, stone ground chocolate.
HER, a bag = HER Design, eco-friendly bags by Helen E. Riegle.
Figs = jewelry by Figs & Ginger.
Via N. = jewelry by Via Nativa.
Safari's deer = Bucky Cardboard Deer Trophy by Cardboard Safari.
Speesees on one tot = Speesees, organic gear for babies and tots.
A steel straw = stainless steel straws from R.S.V.P. International.
AG bag = bag made from upcycled materials by Alchemy Goods.