June 2006

There’s a time and a place for being a “girly-girl.” I enjoy getting dressed up and going out on a Saturday night just as much as anyone else. I carry a pink purse. I wear lipstick to work. There’s nothing wrong with being girly, but sometimes, just sometimes, it’s more appropriate to look a little rugged while still maintaining that girlish look.

What does this have to do with anything? Well, I went to REI yesterday. And all I wanted was a mustard colored camelbak backpack. There were plenty of golden backpacks to choose from – for men. But there were none designed to fit women.

Well, how about black then? Nope. No black either. If you want a backpack and you’re a girl you’re pretty much left with baby blue or grassy green. Some come in pink as well.

It’s not that I don’t like those colors, it’s just that when I think of those colors they look like mom colors. You know what I’m talking about. They look like something only your mom would carry around. If anything I’d have liked at least something to match the backpacking backpack I already have, which is eggplant purple. I don’t mind looking girly, I just feel like when I’m out doing rugged things guys are already looking at me like I can’t keep up. The truth is when it comes to hiking I usually leave them in the dust. But if I show up with a baby pink backpack they’ll come to a foregone conclusion that this “chick” can’t hang.

PS I usually do show up hiking in super cute clothes, with lip gloss and all, because I like to prove those stupid boys wrong. Just because you primp before going out doesn’t mean you don’t like a mean workout once in awhile. And it doesn’t mean you’re afraid to get dirty. I just don’t want a pink backpack. Don’t retailers know we want options?


Call me a skeptic, but I don’t see the ruling about Guantanamo Bay making any difference anytime soon.

Yesterday the Supreme Court, in a 5-3 ruling, decided the Bush’s plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees violates both U.S. and International Law (duh). But there have been no rulings about whether detaining the prisoners themselves violates any laws, which it does because they are being held without formal charge. It violates the Bill of Rights. If they’ve done something wrong, as we say they have, THEN CHARGE THEM. Otherwise they should be let go. I’m not saying we should put terrorists on the street, but if we truly had anything on these people then we should be able to prove it.

People are saying the most recent ruling could be the beginning of the end for Guantanamo, but I think it’s just the beginning of a search for another way to try these “criminals.” Bush is not one to give up easily, especially if it means admitting he was wrong. Look at his continued rhetoric about Weapons of Mass Destruction – when only minimal chemical weapons were found. As far as I know no nuclear weapons were ever discovered. (edited per Jared)

At least the ruling was a small victory.

I just read in the NYT that Daimler-Chrysler is thinking of bringing the Smart Car to the U.S. I’m super excited. When me and my sister were in Europe we were in love with these little cars. Aw, it would bring back SO MANY memories to see one of these driving down the street here.

I just finished writing about a proposed 220-acre devlopment in the Lodi area. It’s open for public comment until July 24, but a meeting is being held Wednesday as an open forum and public hearing on the proposal and the recently released Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

An EIR is required to be completed by any developer and/or city wishing to build on undeveloped land. The 220 acres in this case are primarily agricultural lands and would be tranformed into retail, office and residential spaces. The EIR is some 300 pages in length, with 30 pages alone dedicated to describing the environmental shift that would take place if the development is allowed.

In addition, the group who conducted the research gave three alternatives to the project, with a notation by each environmental impact of which alternative would best prevent the possible pollution. The number one alternative offered for EVERY impact listed? Alternative 1: No project/no development.

But the project will pass. The 220 acres will soon look like Anywhere, USA with it’s Wal-Mart or Target right off the highway, and it’s because everyone wants to complain but nobody has the desire (or more possibly, the time) to read 300 pages of legalese to make a legitimate complaint to the board before they pass the project and the builders move in.

I’m not against all development. I’m just FOR smart development. Why can’t we build up instead of out? A beautiful downtown with chic lofts and restaurants leaves the outlying area available for ag lands and parks, instead of clusters of matching houses. Yes, we can all have our own house on our own piece of land, but how much better is it to have wide, open spaces to visit and revel in their beauty. I’d give up my own backyard to have a huge central park like that of NYC any day.

Militant, angry, judgmental liberals are just as off-putting as the hard-nosed, evangelical Christian, judgmental conservatives they oppose. They are the mirror image of each other reversed. AND all either of these groups do is make me wish I could stab myself in the eardrums with a pen so I can stop listening to them tell me how they’re right and the other is wrong.

See it.

Then get other people to see it.

If you can’t see it, read the book.

If you don’t have time to read the book, get it on audiobook.

I don’t want to be an alarmist here, but I really think we should at least be aware of what’s going on.

I don’t know how people can deny that our actions are effecting weather systems and ecosystems WORLDWIDE.

Be aware, even if you aren’t willing to change.

One day you may change your mind.

And your actions.

Bicyclists throughout the world take part in a monthly event known as Critical Mass. The movement was started in San Francisco in 1992 as a statement about commuting, traffic and cyclists right to the road. It has since grown to include nearly every major city in the United States, with cyclists taking part nearly every month to clog traffic with their bicycles and show cities the need for bike-friendly roads and pathways.

I’ve reached a critical mass of my own.

My favorite pairs of pants no longer fit well. Not wanting to admit defeat I bought a couple pairs of gaucho pants and skirts with elastic waistbands. My running has slowed severely in the past couple weeks because of the moving and stress of changing jobs. Not only that, but I’ve become increasingly lazy and unmotivated.

Getting on the scale last night and searching for clothes for work have changed that though. I’m going to have to begin running again on a daily basis and hopefully eat more healthful foods. It seems like I’ve turned to sugary foods as my only option lately. They must have a higher satiety level than other foods – that or I have an intense addiction to sugar.

Today’s the day I put it in writing. You all know I’ve made this commitment so now I can’t give up.

PS The change starts tomorrow. WHAT?!?!?! I have plans tonight. But I promise I’ll run tomorrow.

And eat carrots.

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