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Credit: Davin Luke

I agree with Emily that the whole idea of Earth Day may not necessarily spark as much fanfare as a Vancouver Canuck’s playoff win or generate as much excitement as a heart throb “Twilight” vampire that sparkles like he just got out of the tub doused with one too many bath bombs from Lush… but I can assure you that it can be easily changed.

As a matter of fact, I decided to take matters into my own hands to build up some excitement around the day we celebrate our planet. After all, Earth is just an all-round good planet with a big heart—so selfless and always giving back. Unlike Saturn, who is obviously way too superficial and preppy wearing those rings around itself, or Pluto, who doesn’t even know whether he’s a planet or not. But worst of all, Mars, who is a total has-been and keeps reminiscing about the past about how he used to have water and may or may not have had life forms at one point in time. Who cares, Mars? You’re just one big ugly red ball with saggy dunes and craters.

So along the lines of Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Christmas Day, Birthdays and Father’s Day, it is time to give back to the Earth on Earth Day using the traditional capitalistic way of blowing tons of cold hard cash to buy presents. More importantly, what better gift to give than a “gift that keeps on giving” (wink wink). No, I am not talking about a sexy new see-through ozone layer—so get your heads out of the gutter!

This year, for Earth Day, I went out and threw down the dough on a brand new bike!

OH YAY-ER. My new baby is sitting in my living room all shiny and not stolen, yet (knock on wood). I can honestly tell you, I was so excited to take this bad boy home I almost forgot Mats Sundin’s groin pull is probably costing the team $50K a day. For someone whose last bike was a 12-speed, a brand new bike these days with double the gears is making me feel like Lance Armstrong, but better looking.

At the end of the day, a bike reduces my carbon footprint, and whatever my intentions may be, I feel I made at least a little extra difference on Earth Day this year. So if you are looking at ditching your car to save some money, save the earth, or save a “quarter-life” crisis, go out and splurge on a new method of transportation. You won’t regret it!