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January, 2009 - Issue #92
Featuring a trip to San Francisco, fun with fungi and the usual goings on at home.
WINTER TAKES A BREATHER
Bob brought in another truckload of compost and added it to our garden. Camille dried her hair in the sun on one of winter's milder days.
FUN WITH FUNGI
Tim and Bob have been working on their respective fungi-related projects for months. To find out what these two are up to, click on: Fun with Fungi - Tempeh Starter and Oyster Mycelium
WINTER COMES BACK WITH A VENGEANCE
When the clouds do funny things like this, a storm is on it's way. Two days later we got six inches of snow.
Bob keeps the bird feeders heavily stocked and the birds flocked to them in the snow. The trees wore a blanket of snow on their branches for a day or two and then it all melted away.
No one calls San Francisco by name unless they are tourists, and then they often say "Frisco.". The appropriate way to say it is "The City."
Last year we didn't fly anywhere. When Bob got invited to The City for the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo, he thought long and hard. Two invites later, we decided both of us should go and take that opportunity to hook up with family and friends. We spent some time with Camille's brother, Joe, Bob's high school roommate, Henry and long time friend, Carolyn, whom we did not photograph. Click on: Touring the Bay Area with Family and Friends for more.
SUSTAINABLE BIODIESEL SUMMIT
Fellow Oilseeder, Simon stands in line at the registration table at the Moscone Center to sign up for dinner. SaraHope and Kimber did a fabulous job of setting up this year's Summit as they have done in the past. Camille considers herself lucky to have worked the fiscal side of the summit from her desk at the Abundance Foundation in North Carolina.
We took SaraHope and Kimber's accommodation recommendation and stayed at the Good Hotel, just a short walk from the Moscone Center. Our walks back and forth were memorable. Camille, SaraHope and Kimber walked over to Bloomingdale's one afternoon and Kimber bought herself a beautiful new pair of boots.
LYLE AND FRANKIE
The best part of being here was seeing all of our Biodiesel friends. Frankie seems to be making an important point about something to Lyle in this photo. The weather was in the sixties and we were reveling in it after a couple of weeks of freezing temperatures at home.
Day one of the Summit and the keynote speaker was Richard Heinberg, one of our heroes. Many at the conference wanted their picture taken with Daryl Hannah, Bob was excited about getting his picture taken with Richard Heinberg!
TEACHER WITH THE BUS
The Summit crew set up a very cool bus tour and hired this formidable bus for transport. The seating on the bus was designed to encourage open conversation, which is what happened as soon as the bus began to roll. Check out: SBS Bay Area Biodiesel "Hot Spots" Tour
THE THIRTY-NINTH FLOOR
Over the five evenings we spent in The City, we came to think of this lounge as our little secret. Lyle tipped us off and we came her nearly every evening to watch the sun bathe the City in gold on it's way down over the bay. More photos here: The 39th Floor
THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:
"People do not want to hear bad news; they don't want to hear that they might have to limit their consumption - especially when there is a 225 billion-dollar-per-year industry telling them that if they don't buy and consume in ever-greater quantities they can never be happy." - Richard Heinberg
"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on seventy-two degrees at all times... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK." - Barack Obama
"We have lived under the myth of rugged individualism so long we think we are in charge of our destiny -- which in our utterly monetized American system, means our financial fate." -Joe Baegent
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