Veggie Voyagers

Couple travelled 30 states and 3 Canadian provinces between 7/07 and 5/08 running their 1987 Ford truck on straight veggie oil. The blog continues with a focus on the natural world and energy politics from a personal perspective

Friday, April 23, 2010

Earth week

Earth Day. I recorded my energy discretions and reveal them here: wake to electric clock radio, shower with demand hot water heater, pancakes cooked on natural gas range with microwaved thawed frozen strawberries. Did a load of wash with gray water out to blackberries. Hung out on line to dry. Went to work and used computer, phones and copier all morning. Then drove to SF on ultra low sulphur diesel at 42mpg. I stopped on the highway and rested at a place with multiple fans, t.v. screens and a bathroom with continued automatic flushing and sensor monitored hand towel dispenser.. lots of lights and fans. Then squeezed in by 18 wheelers til I-80 where I was (travelling alone,) stuck almost to standstill around the toll plazas before the Bay Bridge. The sky dense with smog; listening to Derrick Jensen on KPFA. Ending the day with over consuming Indian food; taking home the excess in a styrofoam tub then watching TV with my dearest daughter on computer--a serial about a magical blue energy source offered by coniving aliens.
Me of what I have eaten, the clothes I wear, the house and the stuff in it, the car. Me driving insanely through the vallley of discrete natural gas wells and through delicious velvet green hills with conservative candidates (exclusively) advertising campaigns along the "freeway."
No, none of it is good. I know consumer oriented solutions are frought with economic and ideological problems but I can and will do better. I will. My journey was to the honorable and becoming ancient Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic, servant to the homeless, those suffering from addiction, disease and alienation. I feel graced to have visited them and added my two cents to assist them and the safety net.
Last weekend up on Brokeoff Michael insisted on taking pictures of me. This one I like because of the cornice behind me:

I don't know what to say about our survival this Earth Day. Enjoy our rammed earth while you consider it....
And be grateful we live where we can grow our own beautiful food. Not everyone is so lucky.


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