I'm sad to say I drove to work today. All 1.2 miles of it. When I drive home (again) after work today, the first thing I'm doing is going down in the basement, finding that old bike, and fixing it. From then on, I'll start riding that old bike the 1.2 miles. Whenever I can.
On that note, today's entry on OceansWavesBeaches (the Surfrider blog) resonated with me. Find some meaning. Fixing that bike is small, trivial, but...it is something I can do that to me, has a meaning. And if it took Earth Day, today, to drive me to do it, then Earth Day is well worth it.
Also, you know something I'm interested in? Gardening. And plants. And eco-friendly gardens. Maybe some day I'll do something with that interest. It'd be fun to work on something like that.
Spring is here. Walking around outside -- be it in Dublin, Ireland or Dublin, CA...there are flowers in bloom all around. I like this time of year for that. I also like that along with the flowers, just a little bit of that economical doom and gloom seems to be easing a bit as well...maybe try to balance out my normal economic despair posts with this one here for a change.
Session 34 - Thurs Apr 2 - RV: Took the newest superquiver addition out for its inagural session (with me at least -- picked it up off the consignment rack at Elizabeth's)...just a quick little dip as I had to come back over the hill that night for some coworker wining & dining (good times, I'm fortunate to work with some genuinely nice people)...pedaled the cruiser, flat-tire and all, over to RV and jumped in. Not too many people out, and some surprisingly punchy waves. Saw one guy luck into what I'm guessing was the barrel of his life -- right spot right time, he was just standing there and it miraculously formed for him -- when's that gonna happen to me? :) Just getting a feel for the new board, picked off some insiders...loose. But I liked it. Very loose like I said, but seemed easy to surf. My best wave I got a few extra slow, extra uneasy cutbacks -- getting acclimated. I'm excited on it -- seems like it should be a lot of fun. Good purchase. And good timing too, I gotta add...foreshadowing I guess...OUT with the Old (Taylor, 6'8, El Salvador Special -- met its likely demise today); IN with the New (Taylor, 6'2, El Lizabeth's Special -- just getting started).
Session 35 - Sat Apr 4 - La Jolla, Scripps Pier: So we made a rash decision to drive all the way to San Diego this weekend. Visit S's new niece -- what a cutie. All cheeks! Lots of driving, but it was all worth it. I took a brief respite from babytime on Saturday afternoon and made the short drive down the hill to the beach...should have surfed it earlier when wind wasn't on it as by 2 it was blown out pretty good, but still managed to score a few fun ones in the warm socal water. If not for the wind, I'd have trunked it...3/2 as it was. Toasty. Surfed the KG fish as that is what I tossed in the car quickly on our hurried bay area exit.
Session 36 - Mon Apr 6 - OB: I just might have to write more on this at some point, later. For now, suffice it to say I got a darn good workout...swimming in to shore after my newly leash-plug-less 6'8. OB doing what OB does best, another victim claimed.
Horace the Pig lives in Santa Cruz the bay area. He likes to hang out in the sunshine, entertain weekend guests, eat leftovers, protect the board shed, and most of all: hold open the screen door. He really is a very polite, considerate pig.