Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Yesterday, in a ridiculous moment of fuzzy-headedness brought on by to much heat and exertion and not enough food and water I "miss-placed" my car keys (they were never really lost, grrrrrr.) I naturally began to panic when all my searching could not locate them, it did not help that I was at my field research site with no cell phone reception, and a 3.5 hour drive (plus a long embarrassing explanation to my colleagues) away from another set of keys.
In a fit of near-tears-panic I found myself saying a little prayer in my head to locate the keys. Even in my fuzzy headed state I thought what an odd thing to do. Who exactly was I asking for help? Did I think the Flying Spaghetti Monster had reached down from the sky and plucked the keys from my pocket? Holding them hostage until I showed his meatballs the appropriate reverence? Of course not, but in the absence of any corporeal help it was, apparently, my first instinct to ask for assistance from some non-corporeal being.
The logical part of my brain finally screamed at me loud enough to be heard over all the static, “retrace your steps, go through everything, they must be here! start with the most likely places…..” and quite quickly I literally ran right in to them (the keys having been laying right out in the open for nearly a hour while I frantically search all around them.) And after I located the not-really-lost keys what was my immediate instinct? To once again thank some non-corporal being.
What did the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Shiva the destroyer, or Ra the sun god have to do with my not-really-lost keys? Diddley. But in my fuzzy headed state the need to rely on someone or something else was so strong I couldn’t contain it. The impulse has to be more than simply the effect of our culture, for culture only names the non-corporeal being. The impulse to give up control, to put a situation in someone else’s hands when feeling helpless, must be much deeper than that.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
- Keep it at or under 55 mph (much easier on the windy coast road to my research site than when I take I-5 to visit the parents) but driving 55 mph or slower saves gas, and using less gas to go the same distance is a basic green concept.
- Drive with high tire pressure in the summer. We have icy and wet winters so if you visit the tire centers during the winter months chances are you're driving away with lowish tire pressure to aid in traction. But greater traction also means greater friction and less efficiency. Once the weather has improved get them pumped up an your gas mileage with improve.
- Just say no to drive-thrus. Yes, it's un-american but we have completely given them up. It's easily the simplest green choice we've made, just park the car and walk into get our greasy fast food or mocha frappuccino. I have no idea just how much gas is typically wasted in drive-thrus, but it just makes sense to give them up.
- Get a tune up! (I emphasize this because I have yet to check it off my "to-do" list). A well tuned car is a clean running more efficient car.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008