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My friends call me Barry. From time to time I also hear the name Greg. Yeah, as in Greg Brady. The Brady Bunch represents a fun time in my life. But it’s only part of the story. There’s more to say and that’s what The Greg Brady Project is all about – a place to say it. So, I’ve invited some friends to join me and share their perspectives on the Brady’s, the 70′s and just about everything else. Now, I’m inviting you…

09 Sep
Eric Greenberg

Blogging Off The Grid

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | 4 comments

 

Everyone’s going green these days. And hey, the name ain’t Eric Berg, so here goes with The Greg Brady Project’s first ever eco-friendly blog post. I wrote it up on a piece of paper (that I’ll recycle) and am entering it primarily on my iPod that’s mostly charged by my new portable solar panels. Yup, I’m blogging off the grid my fiends. Well, almost. Sure it’s taking ten times longer and the fact that my computer is still turned on makes this more of a symbolic gesture. But hey, small steps.

The question is: what could make a guy like me kick my environmental awareness up a notch? Was it Al Gore? Um, no. High gas prices? Don’t even have a car. Come on, this is The Greg Brady Project and this is me we’re talking about. Where’s the one place on Earth where TV reruns and renewable energy intersect?

 

Ed Begley Jr’s house!

Back during the writer’s strike, I mentioned that I watched “St. Elsewhere” for the first time and was a big fan. Well a little while before that, I caught an episode of a new reality show about one of it’s stars. Two seasons later, I’m completely hooked on “Living with Ed.” Whether you want to make a difference or you think it’s all a bunch of BS, Ed’s over the top dedication to it is hilarious and at least a little inspiring. The tug of war with his wife to keep with the program is classic, as is his friendly eco-rivalry with his neighbor Bill Nye the Science Guy. If you actually want to pick up some tips on living green, they’re there for the taking, even if some of them (like cooking for hours with a solar oven) are a little out there. But Ed’s not judging. You get the sense he’d be thrilled if you changed just one lightbulb.

Aside from Ed’s own classic TV connection, television fans will like second season guest appearances by Larry Hagman, Bradley Whitford, Jay Leno, and “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal. To me though, the show is at it’s best when it’s just Ed being Ed. As much as I like his quirky role on “St. Elsewhere,” the guy’s more of a character in real life.

You can catch reruns of the first two seasons on the new Planet Green network, which also has a few other pretty good shows if you’re into this sort of thing. I’ve actually watched quite a bit, which I guess is at least a little hypacritical in a way. As much as I’ve jumped on the eco-bandwagon (which I can only assume is a hybrid bandwagon), I can’t say that I’ve cut back on energy use by watching less TV. I’m thinking though that if you calculate the efficiency of a TV show based on energy consumed for production per total broadcast hours, I have to imagine “The Brady Bunch” is among the eco-friendliest. So keep on, keep on, keep on recycling it!

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4 Comments

    Bob Hunt
    on Sep. 9th, 2008

    We can make the world a whole lot brighter, we can make the load a little lighter…
    Everybody!

    Kimberly
    on Sep. 10th, 2008

    Thanks for remeindimg me…I don’t have that channel :(

    - and song quote (Bob) !

    I like the work he is doing for animals and the enviorment .

    —interesting guests..I hope I can find it online.. I think I had seem some videos on his site last yr.

    Just read Rosenthal’s book– fantastic!
    What was his episode about?

    Eric Greenberg
    on Sep. 10th, 2008

    Hey Kimberly,

    Ed stopped by to check out Rosenthal’s eco-friendly house…he actually had the kitchen table from “Raymond” in there!

    Haven’t seen video online, but you can grab it off Netflix.

    Арсений
    on Apr. 9th, 2010

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