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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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