Friday, May 23, 2008

The Green Experiment

I know many of you are interested in this zany adventure on which I am about to embark.  There are some things I'd like to tell you about this "project".  

The word "dilettante" more or less means dabbler.  I chose that because for most of my life I have had a sort of ADD when it comes to things that interest me.  Because, honestly, just about everything that is artful or "of the moment" catches my interest.  I'm "kind of" good at many things, but I really don't excel at all of them.  I do fancy myself a fine cook and avid reader though.

But this green experiment I am committed to.  It is going to be hard and I will admit that right now.  Not having my TV is probably going to be the hardest part, while I believe riding my bike will be one of the easier things about the whole experiment...until winter that is.

In case you were wondering,  the experiment does not officially begin until we have moved to D.C.  Which should be sometime in mid June.  The experiment will begin as soon as we get there, just to make my life that much more hectic.  Every day I will update you on the ease/difficulty with which I was able to live my life under the rules of this experiment.  And I'll post plenty of pictures of course.  

The reasons I am waiting until we move to begin this project are simple.  I live in Mississippi where big wheel trucks (I prefer to call them "compensators") are commonplace, as are drunk drivers.  Since Katrina, the drivers have actually gotten worse.  And since I would like to live at least until the next election, I have decided to wait.  I am a danger enough to myself and I don't need to add the wayward driving of  hundreds of people with Post-traumatic stress disorder into my scenario.

I encourage anyone who can to undertake some or all of these life changes with me.  In such a big world, it's often hard to feel as if you can make a difference, but you can.   So join me, and let's change the world together, and remember, don't forget to smile.  
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~Mother Teresa


chic cyclist said...

I bet you'll be surprised at how little you miss your TV. We haven't had one for 8 years and when we watch it now it feels like we're being repeatedly bludgeoned. The number of truck ads is staggering!

I confess that we do have NetFlix, and watch things on the laptop or project them like a real movie theater on our big white wall. But many movies are art, and the best TV shows make it on to NetFlix so I don't think we've lost anything by giving up the TV. And we've gained so much time!

Jenn said...

I was actually planning on doing something like this anyway. I've been cable-less for over 9 years now, and relatively recently gave up the rabbit ears too. But, I could be better about buying local, and I'd love to get my bikes out and into the world a little bit more. I have a few things more that I'm mulling over, but all of your ideas sound great, and I'm looking forward to starting them.

RidingPretty said...

I admire your fortitude and wish you great success! This will be a really wise and teaching adventure for the rest of us who choose to learn from you ... I can tell already you're going to make it a fun one.

Jillian said...

Thanks for the encouragement and support. I know that on those days when I really don't feel like doing it, I will choose to, because I know there will be people cheering me on.

2whls3spds said...

It is going to take all of us doing little things every day to set the example. I am convinced that this country is on the wrong path. I am also convinced that the change is going to HAVE to come from the bottom up. So my feeble contribution (other than smiling at everyone I meet) has been to utilize Amtrak to get back and forth between my jobsite and home. It has cut over 400 miles a week off my driving and according to my bride has greatly improved my disposition ;-)