Amen to that.
Archive for June, 2008
“Today my time is my own”.
That’s a joyous phrase. So full of possibilities. So seldom true.
One of life’s many treasures.
I don’t drive a car. I don’t have a driver’s license, I never have had. I’ve always preferred modes of transport where I’m both engine and passenger, (Bicycle, skateboard, Shanks’ Pony). If those methods prove impractical, then I do love a good train ride, (I’ve even thoroughly enjoyed a lot of bad ones). I’ll take the bus and enjoy it, but not as much as the others these days, (too much traffic.)
This used to put me in a minority when I moved to LA.
“How did you get to the party”? I’d be asked.
“I took the bus from my house. It dropped me at the bottom of the hill, and I walked up”.
Equal parts wonder, horror, and confusion.
Well, not any more. I’m delighted to see more and more reports of increased human powered/mass transit activity. Even people in LA are dimly becoming aware of the great concept of public transport, (By that I mean the people who employ the people to clean their houses and gardens, who already use it).
The transition will be hard for some, but surely the writing is now clearly on the wall – global fuel protests, US gas nearing $5 a gallon, Fuckwitt Jr. bleating about drilling offshore (again). Here’s a recent sampling from across the media. Some realities to face for some, but the mood may at last be shifting.
Not before time, I say.
Indeed she must. As must we all.
Saw this graffiti on the LA river bank. Reminded me of this past week’s BBC “Start The Week” podcast, with the always excellent Andrew Marr, (had cameos on Dr. Who, he has.) His guests included Andrew Critchley on how philosophers have viewed death over the centuries. Also on was Amitav Ghosh on his novel “Sea of Poppies”. He raised a host of interesting points, not least the opium wars being the foundation for the practice of free trade. Good stuff. The show is always thought provoking and well moderated by The Man Himself.
I like to enjoy it with a cup of tea and some biccies.