April 19, 2020 § 10 Comments

Everyone in the South Bay knows about the New Pier Ride. A few people know about National Public Radio.

But the real NPR looks like it’s going to be New Pandemic Resolutions. What changes did you make that you plan to continue once the quarantine lifts?

Mine are pretty simple, WWWS.

  1. Walking. I’ve been walking 15 hours a week or so. It’s not great for cycling, but it’s great for everything else. Walking is low impact but unlike cycling it’s weight-bearing. so maybe good for my creaky old bones.I’ve seen beautiful parts of my neighborhood I’d have never otherwise seen. I’ve seen starry nights. I’ve found wild orange trees laden with fruit, and a wild tangerine tree similarly fruitful. I’ve seen orioles, hawks, flycatchers, and wildflowers galore. Most of all, I’ve been able to reflect without the constant rush of speed that comes from cycling. New ideas have been easier to grasp, old ones easier to release and set free.
  2. Water. I used to buy a gallon of distilled water every month to bake with. Then my friend and baking mentor Lisa Clayton told me that you can use tap water if you let it sit out overnight so the chlorine evaporates. No more wasteful plastic water bottles in my apartment, ever.
  3. Washing. A few days after the quarantine I quit using soap and shampoo. I still take a bath every day but only with hot water. There’s been zero change in the way I look or smell. Okay, a tiny change in the way I look … but it has taught me how wasteful and pointless all of the personal hygiene products are that we are coerced and guilted into buying, not to mention the junk we pour by the ton into our water supply.
  4. Sugar. I used to go through ten pounds of sugar a week feeding my hummingbirds and baking for cookies. I’ve cut back to five pounds. The hummingbirds are fine, and my cookies and other baked goods are not as sweet, which makes the other tastes and flavors really pop. Sugar, like salt, if you use too much, is a cover for crappy cooking or bad ingredients.

There may be others but those are the biggest ones. You?


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§ 10 Responses to NPR

  • Dean Abt says:

    A notorious lightweight and occasional “social beerer” I none the less developed a 1-beer-a-night habit after moving from NorCal to Chicago late 2017. Dunno, maybe Winter. Decided to not do beer in 2020 because I’m rapidly approaching 100 yrs old and maybe it wasn’t helping on the bike or anywhere. Glad I did that cause in the global human meltdown 1 beer likely would have become more than 1 beer. And even though it was not a lot, I found that even 1 beer was interestingly a “thing” that’s gone now. Sugar on the other hand…

  • Linda says:

    Mainly just pondering consumption and purchases and how they’re related to emotions and what we really need versus want. Whether to buy something on Amazon purely for entertainment purposes knowing that puts Amazon workers at risk, yet keeps them employed, but at paltry wages. Realizing why my parents, raised during the Great Depression, were so frugal with paper towels and tissues and why there was a 20-pound bag of rags stuffed into a closet when I cleaned out Mom’s house after she died.

    Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without

  • Tim Joe Comstock says:

    Well said.Linda! As one who is professionally poor I have been in training for this pandemic my whole adult life. A gallon of tap water left in the fridge without the cap has got me through just fine. Soap and shampoo for Sundays only.

    Walking? I’ve heard tell of this phenomena, although I prefer the Float…riding your bike just fast enough to keep it upright, going nowhere with nothing to do when you get there.

    Sugar I don’t know about. I never bought any.

  • I think you’ve evolved into a frenchman.

  • downwinder says:

    Chloramine and fluoride does not not evaporate and both are toxic to your health and your fish too if you have an aquarium. There’s more than enough fluoride in regular toothpaste. What the baker told you was true a long time ago back when they only added chlorine. I’ve ran my water through a reverse osmosis system for over 30 years.

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