18: "Nice Things"

Don't it always seem to go,
That you don't know what you've got
Til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot...

I've been reading the last few years about humans eventually colonizing Mars.  As great and brave and astonishing of an achievement as that would be, I really hope, for Mars' sake, that doesn't happen.

Because, seriously, we've ruined everything else. Just take a look at the mainland U.S. A gorgeous sprawling land that was mostly excavated and made into a giant shopping mall. Let's take away that beautiful forest and build a Waffle House right there. Put a Chic-Fil-A next to it. And an As Seen on TV shop next to that.  Throw on some discount price tags and a Coca-Cola ad.  Garnish it with some porn and you've got yourself a good 'ol fashioned Western world special!

On the other hand, some smut is important to making a place feel...genuine.  As a native New Yorker, I've seen Times Square go from the seedy old friend it once was to the urban Disneyland.

House of Paradise...(can you find the Coca-Cola ad?)

House of "Paradise"...(can you find the Coca-Cola ad?)

Also this before and after...

Pretty soon, the whole planet is going to be this way. Hectares of beautiful, genuine things are going to be replaced with corporate smut.  By that time, this place might not even be habitable.  God help Mars if humans decide to inhabit and bring their Whoopee Cushions, Potty Putters and Super Bowl commercials there.  Maybe they should open a New Jersey turnpike service station in the middle of the Sahara desert as a test run.  Cinnabon anyone?

Just be sure of this: If we do end up on Mars, your corporate masters will await you.  And they might look a little something like this...

Thanks for reading!