As Americans we have a terrible tenancy to take an initial good idea and carry it to the extreme. Such has been the case with environmentalism in my book. In the 1960's & 70's when our rivers were on fire and acid rain was falling on our cities, we took action and that was good. Now fifty years later many view environmentalism in near religious overtones. I often see reactions that border on the absurd out in my daily running around and I'll post them here for folly as I run into them. I had an unfortunate incident with a mailbox attacking my truck and my taillight assembly was the casualty of the run-in. Today I go to the dealer for a new taillight assembly. The man tells me that will be $67.00. He hands me the bill and it reads $147.00. Puzzled, I ask if there is a mistake. No, the man tells me. There is an $80.00 core charge..... Well, I know what a core charge is as I have turned a few wrenches in my day. So again I say, well that must be a mistake. No he says. The manufacturer wants to make sure no excess plastic goes to the landfills. This gave me quite the chuckle. If there were any plastic left, I would not be replacing my taillight assembly. So I go out in his parking lot, replace the assembly and five minutes later return the carcass assembly and get my eighty bucks. I would surmise the additional effort and amount of paper he created for this absurd transaction nullified the ridiculous core charge. Absolute absurdity. I hope you enjoyed today's installment. Stay tuned. More to follow.