I am a member of Generation X, a relatively small and mostly ignored group of former latch-key kids who were born too late for free love, too early for the Internet and both too early and too late for good music. (The Boomers had the Stones; the Millennials got the Strokes; we had Hall and Oates.)
So while growing up, instead of listening to Culture Club or trying (and failing) to get to first base in roller-skating-rink parking lots, I watched a lot of television. After a few dozen episodes of "Diff'rent Strokes" or "B.J. and the Bear," your brain actually starts to melt.
Sometime, probably at a commercial break during "ALF," I lost my attention span. And I've paid dearly.
But one good thing has come from it, and I consider it a blessing: I am addicted to interesting. If you have to be only one thing, be interesting.
In the mid-1990s, I had an editor who took the most interesting stories from every part of the newspaper, sports, business, arts and life, and made those the front page stories.
He said, "When you have interesting stories on Page One, it's a good day. When you have important and interesting stories on Page One, it's a great day." I love that philosophy.
And this blog is going to try to replicate it.
I promise to fill "Refusenik" with interesting news, links and commentary from the world of recycling and waste.
If it's not interesting, I ask you to kick me in the shins.