I haven’t gotten to go ride for the last… 9 days now. I bought a gym membership. What is happening??
Work is happening.
I moved out of the poop house, moved into a new place, don’t have any furniture, went to OR and am still more or less working full time at Brighton. Then, coming up next week, I’ve got SIA on the agenda and some ideas for a good-sized trip coming up in the next month or so.
I’m learning I don’t like working a day job early in the morning because that’s when I’m most creatively productive. I’m not one of those ‘stay up all night writing a masterpiece’ kind of people. I think I get inspired by the sunshine. When the sun is up and I can hear birds twittering I’m far more excited to sit down and write, plan or discuss. In the evening I just can’t motivate in the same way; I think I must be solar powered.
Speaking of, there was an air quality march on the capitol in SLC today. I had friends who went out to it and I read a piece stating ‘thousands’ turned out to the rally. My friend who was there said that maybe there was a thousand or so over the whole day, but most of the time there were more like a couple hundred people around. He showed me some photos and it looked like a good turnout for a rally either way. (Thanks for the photo Tyler S.)
We ended up talking about the rally and getting on to the idea of how it was wrong to us that some kids grow up in a community that accepts ‘smog days’ as readily as a mountian town might accept a snow day.
“Alright kids, we’re having recess inside today because the air outside is toxic and bad for your health.”
“Oh, OK. Let’s build a tower of blocks!”
I hope I didn’t oversatirize there. But when you think about it, each child is born into a situation and accepts it as the way life is. You can realize as you get older that things may not be that way, but elements of what you grew up knowing always seem to stick with you in one way or another.
What I think we should think about is which kind of world we want kids to be introduced to. One where people habitually stay inside as much as possible during a whole season out of the year may not be the best environment you want to have a kid get used to. Just living somewhere else isn’t a solution either, since the problem won’t go away if some people choose to ignore it and live somewhere else. At some point people will have to inhabit that area and it will be smoggy and foggy and taste like diesle on your tounge. Mmmm.
This year I’m trying to live out my ideas of working to what I can to help the overall quality of the environment. I can’t say I’ve stopped driving. Salt Lake is big, and I did choose to live here. I do however buy a car that gets 11+ mpgs more than my last car and I’m trying to carpool as much as possible (hitching up to work from the base of the canyon is a big one I think). I’m working on other smaller things as well, like trying to ALWAYS (I forget sometimes) bring my reusable mug for tea and coffee. I really don’t like the idea of bottled water. I don’t buy paper towels. Or toilet paper. Just kidding, I do buy toilet paper. I did see a special on a lady who uses old bits of fabric for TP and washes it in order to save her family money, maybe she’s a visionary. Maybe toilet paper is one of those things I was raised with and am not quite ready to accept is a bad idea.
All in all, I’m not perfect, and I’m pretty sure most other people aren’t either. Maybe someone out there is, but I haven;t met them yet. However, every little you do to work towards a goal or idea is a little bit more that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. So if you feel like sometimes you aren’t doing enough, try to remember the things that you are doing, and be happy about that.
“Some inspirational quote about grains of sand making up a desert.”
Also, here’s a clock that stay accurate for 50 billion years