Ron Burgundy Says

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.)

PART_1390797246283 [More Than 4,000 Show for Clean Air Rally]

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.

Screen shot 2014-01-26 at 9.22.36 PM[TP Free Mamas]

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

Tickety-Tock! An Even More Accurate Atomic Clock
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Making Decisions

My mother’s family was raised Jewish. I like to think that I get my chronic need to pinch pennies and forgo frivolities through some osmosis of my mom’s and grandparent’s heritage. I don’t know if that actually is possible, but that’s what I’m going with.

Because of this, I can get major anxiety when trying to decide if I should purchase something or not. $1.50 for the bus? Fuck that, I’m only a mile and a half from home and it’s technically above freezing, I should walk instead of take the bus. $5 sandwich that has everything I want vs. $4.50 sandwich that I could technically eat since it doesn’t have meat… that decision usually takes a good 15 minutes.

What I should really be doing is adding the amount of time I’m about to take agonizing over my choice and work out whether my time is worth the difference between the two costs. I’ve been working at my ability to start considering external costs and non-monetary benefits. The last couple days I’ve decided to spend money on things that I look at and don’t feel that I NEED these things to survive, but that getting them would up my quality of life and happiness. I do have to know when too much spending is too much, because the opposite of being happy with buying a few extra things is being broke and not being able to pay for shit.

And there you go, a short glimpse into my mind and how I make minor day-to-day choices. Seeing it written out up there is funny; it looks way more intense typed out than when I’m going over it in my head haha.

Two things that are very average for others were big exciting events for me today:

1.) I bought some foundation from Sephora (a BareMinerals set with brushes, foundation and bronzer)

2.) Got a gym membership at 24 hr fitness (the guy helping me out looked literally stunned that I’d never even set foot in a 24 hour fitness before. I’ve noticed that I’m really good at surprising people in Utah when I don’t expect to).

These things are good for me; I’m working out how I want to live out here where things are really different from places I’ve lived for almost my entire life. I’ve visited a huge range of places, but there’s a sever difference between visiting a place and living there for months.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what that photo on the other page is about, that was at a bar in AK from this past March. Lifeproof cases are proven in most liquids, I was taking the testing to the fields.