Saturday was all about transportation

Saturday was all about transportation for me. I started the day (or rather ended Friday) with a drive, then got onto my moped to head home. Even though I’d been up late I had to be up early to catch a train back into Boston for the Green Transportation fair at the Children’s Museum. When I got to South Station, I walked the few blocks to the fair.

I was at the Fair with GM (one of my clients) and had all sorts of things to set up: signs, bags, water bottles, information on GM cars, etc. By 9:00 we had a hybrid Tahoe on the scene (which I also got to drive) and set up for the day.

It was a pretty perfect day for the event – clear, warm, sunny – a total change from the gloom and rain of much of the week. I hung down by the car for the day, talking to people, taking pictures, etc. Most people who stopped by were positive about the Fair and the Tahoe. Lots wanted to get in and look around (which was totally fine).

GM at the Green Transportation Fair

As the day went on it got warmer. At noon a band – Cooper Boone – set up to play. They were good and get people up and dancing a bit. One cool think that they were doing was to power their equipment without electricity. There was a modified exercycle to one side and they asked people to come up and pedal to charge the batteries for their PA system. It seems to have worked since they were able to play for several hours.

GM at the Green Transportation Fair

Over the course of the day we probably had a few hundred people stop by to check out the car – which seemed good. At 2:00 I headed out to catch the train back to Natick. But was my day of transportation fun finished? Not by a long shot. Yes I took the train home and yes I hopped on my moped to get to my house, but I also decided to go for a little ride.

I cruised around town and here and there and even made a little video:

All-in-all it was a totally transporterrific day.

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Kind of strange

I read a lot and have a fair number of books. (I used to buy a lot but now trade them on Swaptree – check it out.) I try to be careful with my books but I have two that I’ve wrecked in exactly the same way – dousing them with water. Now drenching two books in and of itself might not be strange but here’s what is . . .

The first was the Penguin Classics edition of Thucydides (dropped in a bath while trying to recover from a hangover). The second was the Penguin Classics edition of Herodotus (soaked in a backpack in a torrential rain). It isn’t like this is what I read most of the time and the damage was separated by more than a year and a half. I don’t know, it just seemed strange to me.

PodCamp3 Boston – mostly around the edges

I was late on Saturday and all wound up. I got in after noon. My daughter – who was leaving to spend a week with her grandmother – asked to hang out for part of the day. How could I refuse? She and I went on a photowalk around Mass Hort at Elm Bank. We had a great time.

I had every intention of attending sessions at PodCamp – and I did – but something pulled me away. I became stuck on the idea of photographing everyone at the event. More than 450 people registered for the event and there were about 350 that showed up. As soon as this idea came into my mind I started talking pictures. In the end, I only got 140 people but it was good fun and I like the results.

For me, the high point of any event is the fun and PodCamp was full of it. The photos frolic aside, Saturday turned epic as it turned into Sunday. From dinner at Brown Sugar (where the food was awesome) to drinks at Tequila Rain to Dancing at the Good Life to Jazz at Wally’s to fireworks on Columbus to hip hop in Brookline – the music never stopped and everyone was dancing.

Sunday started late again. Really late. I started the day at a GM event on Newbury Street and then made my way in the pouring rain back to PodCamp. I arrived just in time to help Adam Zand get set up for his session of Social Media as High School. (If you haven’t already – check out his PCB3 Year Book and sign it when you have the chance.)

By the time I got home on Sunday night I was bushed but happy. Thanks to everyone that made PCB3 so great on so many levels.

Awesome commute

It’s another totally beautiful day in Boston and it started perfectly (for me). Had a half hour to get up, dressed and packed for a trip to NY, made it to the train on time and then got onto the Red Line at South Station. That’s when things got really terrific. There was a disabled train somewhere on the system so we had to sit for a while. A baby on the train started to absolutely wail and wail and wail and wail and wail. I was listening to music and couldn’t really hear the kid (thanks to my Bose noise canceling headphones) but I could tell other people were getting really, really mad. For some reason I started cracking up. I couldn’t stop laughing about what was happening. This get people glaring at me but that’s OK, I was totally loving life at the moment and couldn’t have been happier.

The Last Sustainable Year

As I read a seemingly endless stream of bad news: global warming, fuel prices, food prices, etc., I’ve been wondering – when was the last sustainable year? What was life like here on earth just before we crossed that unrecognized and invisible line toward unsustainablity?

Was it some time in the 70s? Was it in the 50s? What has happening in a boardroom? in a classroom? in a living room? when we slipped unnoticed onto the path we find ourselves on today? Could anyone have recognized or imagined all the consequences of decisions that probably weren’t even consciously made?

If we knew the year, the time, the place when we were still living within our global means – could we go back? Could we recreate the world into an image of its earlier self? What would we have to roll back to reach that day and year? How much (if anything) would we be willing to sacrifice to reclaim a world – though teetering – still essentially in balance?

Does anyone have any ideas? answers? clues? When was the last sustainable year? I’d really like to hear.