What does that beloved boomer rock group have in common with the favorite late-night destination for all millennials when it is taco time?

Nothing – except that they both share my latest Tall Tale.

First, ABBA.

For anyone under 60 who does not know what ABBA is, do you remember the movie “Mamma Mia?” All the music in both “Mamma Mia” movies was ABBA, four Swedish kids who sold 400 million records – you can Google what a record is – and managed to record 48 hit singles.

The ABBA kids are not kids anymore. In fact, their last concert was in 1982.

Forty years later, they are releasing a new album at the end of the year and working with George Lucas, of all people, to create virtual versions of themselves performing in concert. A recent story about this hologram event went into detail describing how they had to dress up in leotards with little dots on them and on their faces. They created a 90-minute, 22-song show that plays in London next May 11.

ABBA’s 74-year-old keyboard player said this about that, “We wanted to do it before we were dead since it’ll be more accurate.”

That’s the spirit! There are lots of things we boomers would like to do before we are dead. One of them is trying to bequeath a healthier planet to our offspring, not an easy thing to do considering the melting icecaps and multiday winter freezes in what I always considered a humid, subtropical climate.

What better way to save the planet than to join with our millennial colleagues – and the Gen Xers and post millennials, too, and take a late-night trip to Taco Bell?

I know. Taco Bell is not known for its fine Mexican cuisine, but you just can’t beat a good crunchy taco after leaving ShowBiz on Northpark. Taco Bell is just a few hundred feet down the road.

OK, Whataburger is even closer to ShowBiz Cinema, but it is Taco Bell that is trying to save the planet, one hot sauce packet at a time.

They have partnered with a company called TerraCycle, a waste management company “With a mission to eliminate the idea of waste,” according to their webpage.

What is the big deal? So glad you asked.

When we add my handful of hot sauce packets to your handful of hot sauce packets, well, think about it. Who uses just one hot sauce packet? When we add up yours, mine, and theirs, that calculates to 8.2 billion used packets landing in the landfill.

Think about it, 8.2 billion used up hot sauce packets every year.

Taco Bell thought about it, too, I guess, so they worked it out with TerraCycle:

-Sign up for a Terra Cycle account.

-Put your used up sauce packets in a cardboard box.

-When the box is full – a weekend or two of Taco Bell visits, no doubt, log into your TerraCycle account, download and print a free shipping label.

-Ship your smelly box via UPS.

Now, don’t you feel better?

I’ve been a Taco Bell fan ever since my vegetarian eyes spied their meatless menu. I know, a cheesy gordita crunch without the seasoned beef may seem odd for a Nebraska native, but this vegetarian native from The Beef State loves the black beans that Taco Bell spoons into the crunchy taco.

Can we all shout “live mas?”

Taco Bell wanted me to know all about the other ways they are reducing waste – eliminating plastic and focusing on recyclable, compostable and reusable packaging but I always believe in starting small.

I may not be able to stop global warming but, if I can remember to save my used up hot sauce packets and send them off to TerraCycle, I am doing my small part in keeping the Atascocita Landfill from filling up all its 800 acres.

ABBA and Taco Bell. See? They really go together.

Is an ABBA tune now swimming around in your head? Will you recycle your hot sauce packets? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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