No response on my suggestion to ride our commuter bikes to PEEC on Earth Day. Hope some folks did at any rate, but maybe the steady silence was a reaction to celebrating Earth Day on Schicklgruber's birthday. Meanwhile, PEEC and Atomic City Transit advised that folks should park their cars at the free parking at Sullivan Field and take the atomic shuttle to PEEC, because there is very little car parking at the building.
Perhaps rather than reinforcing our lazy nature, i.e., drive your freeway flagship to an Earth Day celebration, PEEC could next year work with the county to provide county-wide M-F (i.e., weekday) bus service on Earth Day and say nothing about providing free parking. After all, the whole idea of Earth Day is to contemplate our increasing burden on the planet, not to contribute to even more of a burden, i.e., celebrating Earth Day by driving there.
I suppose the cynic in me would say such a paradigm as we saw today fits right in with the upcoming Motorist Ride Your Bike to Work Day. (acknowledgments to Ian Cooper, who really came up with that phrase, as far as I know).
The Only Thing Stopping a Bad Guy With a Pressure Cooker is a Good Guy With a Pressure CookerHitting two birds with one stone, our tendency to look for simple solutions to vexing problems, such as an annual one day feelgood time-out from being megapolluters, is pretty universal. As the Senate was gutlessly walking away from any attempts to make background checks more uniform, we once again see that one does not need guns, and certainly not "assault rifles (s.l.)" to commit horrible acts of violence. A pressure cooker, home brew shrapnel, and low tech explosives will do quite well. As we say in the bike world, if there is a problem with the engineering of an automobile, its mainly with the loose nut behind the wheel. Maybe its not just guns and cars that need regulation.
"Whose Garden Was This" written by Tom Paxton, made famous by John Denver