I had a total blast this last weekend down in Eugene, OR at the Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show, America's 1st sustainable home and garden show. We got some great feedback from the test audiences during the screenings of the pilot episode of the show Mission: Sustainable, on which I'm a cast member and personal care consultant.
Mission: Sustainable is a green makeover show that's currently in development. We are in the final edits on the pilot and will be hosting a Seattle Premiere Event on February 11th in the Fischer Pavilion in the Seattle Center. I'll post more on that soon, but if you're local, mark your calendars! After the premiere, we'll be pitching the show to cable networks.
Anyway, Eugene was a lot of fun. In addition to the screenings and Q & A with the cast members, I did two seminars. The first one was called Potty Talk and I covered recycled toilet paper vs. conventional, using cloth wipes instead of T.P. and using urine as a nitrogen rich plant fertilizer.
The second talk was called Sex and Sustainability where I covered alternative menstrual products, green contraception and sustainable sex toys. I'll try to get the PowerPoint slides for both talks up sometime soon and, since my second talk was filmed, I'll post the presentation for your viewing pleasure when our Director of Photography is done editing it.
Top 5 highlights of the trip (in no particular order):
1. The woman in the audience during my first talk who was old hat with all of my suggestions. The best part? She uses her used toilet paper as a fire starter in her fireplace. She claimed that it is the only thing that works for her to get her fire going. She even asks visitors to her home to save their used TP so she can use it to start her fireplace. Brings a whole new twist to the saying, "chestnuts roasting on an open fire." She made me seem almost normal!
2. The semi-stoned guy who visited our Mission:Sustainable booth and was totally convinced that he'd seen the show on TV before. In fact, he'd seen it a couple of times and wanted to let us know that he was going to keep watching it he liked it so much. Even though it hasn't yet been aired.
3. The peak oil, conspiracy theory nutball that stopped by the booth to blind-side us and with whom I spent 15 minutes going toe-to-toe on issues regarding peak oil with a sprinkling of environmentalism, politics and a number of other topics thrown in for good measure. Proving that we're not just a bunch of greenwashing reality show airheads.
4. Getting to hang out with some of the most awesome, talented and knowledgeable individuals in Seattle who just so also happen to be my fellow cast members and crew.
5. All the free beer and wine samples, the free chair massage, and the guys milling around outside the conference room waiting for the sex toys part of the presentation to begin. One guy waited until I started that bit and then came in, sat down, put his feet up, hands behind his head and reclined as if he were about to watch a porn show in his own living room.
There are so many more fun moments, and you'd have to have been there to understand them but, needless to say, I certainly won't forget this weekend.