Monday, April 06, 2009


Temperature at departure = 29° F (-2° C)

Cold and windy this morning and, to be honest, I was tempted to just drive today. Wind gusts up to 40 mph forecast for today ... but I only have two weeks left to be an official bike commuter. I rode my bicycle and was glad I did.

A quick note of thanks for all the people who volunteered and helped clean up the trash that has been accumulating along the creek since last summer. Most of the trash has been plastic grocery bags and plastic water bottles. I'm just sayin'. This is a shot from a couple weeks ago:

Sure, there is still more that can be done to clean the creek up, but thanks to a few people who were willing to give up part of their Saturday a lot of that trash plastic is now bagged and ready to head off to the land fill -- along with three kid's bikes from the short section of creek around the park on 103rd, just west of Metcalf.

The swimming pool has been stuck under the 103rd street bridge since the big storm we got on March 8th. Glad to see it's going away.

I don't want to get all environmentally on you, but if you have seven minutes and twenty seconds, this is worth a view; it has changed my answer to the question "paper or plastic..."


Noah said...

It's amazing what I can carry in two panniers and on my spring-clip equipped rack (and maybe using some bungees and/or a backpack)

Of course, when I drive to get groceries, I also have an assortment of various "green bags" - nylon-woven bags that are ubiquitous schwag-surfer fodder at trade shows. Oddly, none of them are green, all of them are made with petroleum by-products, and most of them were sent to our shore from China on an inefficient cargo ship. But that's aside the point.

I don't currently have seven minutes to watch the video clip, but if I do need bags, I usually opt for plastic. They do eventually end up in the landfill, but my wife and I re-use each bag at least once, as they're (virtually) free and come in handy. In reality, grocery bags are overhead and the cost is offloaded onto the customer the same way that utilities, payroll, spoiled/damaged goods, theft, and the building lease are.

Lenexa doesn't have a good recycling program and I'm frankly too lazy to partition my refuse and haul stuff out to a recycling center. Paper bags offer me no real advantage.

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