California's record for Green Party
members in the State Assembly is one, Audie Bock (back in 1999).
Greens seem to be doing better in Canada right now than they did
in California back then...
January 6, 2014: I continue to find
ways to use less power than I did last year. I also continue to
find more change in my change. I found this coin today in one of
the two rolls of quarters I got from California Bank & Trust.
I needed the change to do my laundry with. This means that I've
found all five quarters that came out in 2013! Still looking for a
Virgin Islands quarter from 2009, the Gettysburg quarter from
2011, the El Yanqui and Acadia quarters from 2012 and everything
that comes out in 2014.
January 8, 2014:
I've long believed that entertainment value is okay stuff. Glad to
see greens looking at the idea!
January 27, 2014: I'm hoping that
420 bowl creates a mellow space where more of us can get along...
February 4, 2014: It's hard to
think of anything cheaper the Texas Democrats could give us than
an uncontested spot on the ballot! For sure the California
Democrats avoid giving us that kind of opportunity.
February 27, 2014: These items both
came in today's mail. I'm proud that my home uses less energy than
the average efficient similar home, which is one of the more
efficient categories of home that can be found around here. Yeah
there are people that use less energy, but they are the exception.
Yeah, that small a carbon footprint is more worthy of bragging
rights than this, but mine is okay to. The problems are those
consumers that use way more energy! Don't get me started on how
opposed I am to having a gasoline bill on top of your power bill.
Now I'm over seven years car free and still loving it!
April 19, 2014: I've finally found a
complete set of 2011 quarters in my change! It only took two and a
half years to get to the point where I could say that. The holdout
was the Gettysburg quarter. I only found that in my change
recently. Then it only took a week or two to get around to putting
it up here.
May 5th, 2014: For years I've been
pondering how to make a movement out of building a more
sustainable world out of the one we've around us. Somewhere back
there I figured out that pollution prevention is the holy grail of
the environmental movement. About then I realized how theoretical
the idea that Helium is a noble gas is. How many people are really
tuned in to the practical implications of that? That idea
crystallized somehow when I heard the phrase "low carbon
lifestyle" on the local public broadcasting station. All of this
update was done while the staff of that station were on the radio
begging for money like politicians or consultants. I figure there
is a good chance that the people behind those voices have larger
carbon footprints than I do, but it's still not the extreme thing
I really disapprove of. For that I like to point to the captains
of industry that back the Republican Party. I wish they would get
May 20th, 2014: At least the people
arguing about that oil now are more local to the region than we
June 2nd, 2014: Tomorrow I'm serving
as an elections clerk in Palo Alto. Because of this, I voted on
Saturday. In case you're curious, I voted Green for most of the
partisan offices. That is except for Attorney General where I
voted for the Libertarian, Insurance Commissioner where I voted
Peace & Freedom, Member of the State Board of Equalization
where I voted Democrat, United States Representative, where I
voted Republican, and State Assembly member. where I voted
Republican. On the initiatives I just said no because they all
sounded like excuses to run up the public debt, and I'm tired of
voting for that.
October 11th, 2014: I traded Katie
that $3 coin for fair market value in greenbacks in Fairfax,
California. Later the salmon was given me by someone tabling for
the State Parks. They had temporary tattoos like that one for a
lot of different good species that are currently threatened one
way or another. Near the end of the day I pedaled all the way from
there to Millbrae because of schedule comedy and a general desire
to follow my nose thataway for a change. By the time I got to
Millbrae I was very hungry. Went to the In-N-Out, where I got that
Great Sand Dunes quarter in my change. I rode the train home from
there, but it still added up to 66.6 miles of pedaling in one day.
October 19th, 2014: I opened my
power bill while cleaning the accumulated stack of paper off the
counter where I charge my NiMH batteries. Surprise, surprise! This
"California Climate Credit" made my $23ish bill into a $7+ credit.
Thank you California, or should I say "Thank you Governator
2014: I didn't inherit much from my father. A few boxes of books,
a few items of clothing, a few nick knacks, and this account. I
was leaving it alone, wondering what to do with the money. Then I
got this statement. As you can see, USAA stole it. Yeah, I know
they wouldn't put it that way. Something about "risk". As far as
I'm concerned those two pennies I picked up in the Levis Stadium
parking lot during the 49er game last weekend are worth more than
that banks credibility. My advice is take your money out of USAA
if they are holding it.