April 22nd, 2007


The couple

On my way home from Los Angeles last Thursday I stopped in the little town of Los Olivos. The town is off route 154, known as San Marcos Pass. I usually take this route when heading south, to shave about 15 miles off the trip and to take in the beauty of this road. Los Olivos is a little town that is starting to cater to tourists by maintaining its old-days charm. The main downtown contains many old buildings, along with newer ones built in a similar style (but obviously new). There are cafes, antique shops, and wine tasting shops. I don't know if I have seen as many wine tasting places all together in one place before.

I settled on a cafe that had an outdoor seating area. While I was eating lunch I noticed this couple:

The man on the phone: "...Okay, what have we got on Frontier? uh huh...Let's take that one, then, the window seat...." He included the person on the line in his phrasing, as if he or she would be on the plane with him. The woman was jotting down details, her expression indicating what she thought of this guy. I noticed her breasts and his self-importance. So I set my camera on my table and casually clicked the shutter.

Earth Day 2007!!

It has been a long time since Earth Day was really noticed. I remember going to various fairs and other events to celebrate it but that was oh so long ago. Lately I've been like others, appreciating it but not doing anything special.

Now, though, a great many of us are aware of the damage we are doing to this earth and are taking steps to minimize that damage.

One of the harder things to do is to get merchants to stop throwing plastic bags at us. I went into Taco Bell yesterday (a rare event) and ordered some rice. I said I would eat it there. But the guy came out from the kitchen with the rice already in a plastic bag. I should have just taken it out and handed the bag back but I took it instead. Still, I was aware of it, thinking of it, and deciding that I will do better next time. Of course fast food joints are impossible in the disposable container department anyway. I could never have given them a bowl to put the rice into, for example. I had to take the styrofoam one. So it's a good thing I don't go to these places very often.

I will not drive today. That's one thing I can do. Is there anything you are doing to recognize the fragile state of our earth?

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Reusablebags.com uses shareasale.com for affiliates. If you have a web site or two you can get an account with shareasale.com and become an affiliate with any number of businesses. One account, several affiliations. Convenient. It takes a little more to go through the process than usual for an affiliate but I figure it's worth it when it's done. But I lost track. What I meant to say is that shareasale.com is recognizing earth day by pledging $5,000 to carbonfund.org. Excellent, I say. That would be one way to help. There are so many organizations we can give our money to, and we should, we should, but it will never be enough just to send money.

more on the mobile home...

It has been two weeks since I sent the letter to the park management company asking about their requirements for my mobile home replacement and enclosing another copy of the landscape plan. In that letter I asked that they contact me directly and immediately if anything is missing. I have heard nothing.

I have been thinking about what I can use to get them to move. I looked into the California state mobilehome ombudsman. That position does not deal with this type concern, I learned. While I was on the state site, though, I downloaded a copy of the mobilehome park regulations and scrolled through a lot of that document. In it I found that parks are responsible for maintaining driveways except for those driveways that are installed by the tenant. I saved that page separately so that I can attach it to my next letter. I did not find anything that said that there were exceptions to this requirement for tenants who are replacing their homes. So that was one good thing.

Then I went on a hunt for legal services and finally settled on a county legal service that offers half-hour consultations for $30. That sounds good to me. I have the number and the hours of operation. I can call tomorrow morning and set an appointment. I really feel I need to talk to someone about what legal options I have in this case.

I would rather be perusing catalogs of furniture and gazing at accessories and working out how to fit things in my new space.But I feel I need to put that on hold.