February, 2009 - Issue #93
A month that began in California and ended up in North Carolina.
SUSTAINABLE BIODIESEL SUMMIT - DAY TWO
Mathis Wackernagel, Swiss-born sustainability advocate and Executive Director for Global Footprint Network gave a insightful presentation which clearly illustrated the unsustainablilty of our current consumer lifestyle. Mathis was the Keynote Speaker for the second day of the Sustainable Biodiesel Summit. See photos from the first day of the Summit at: January, 2009 Bob wore a tie for the occasion. For a closer look at this handsome devil, click here.
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY AT HENRY AND KELLY'S
Henry and Kelly invited us to a party at their house so we high-tailed it out of the Summit and down to BART. There's more on this here: Super Bowl Sunday at Henry and Kelly's
OUT TO DINNER
After a long day at the National Biodiesel Conference and a bit of unwind on the 39th floor, a group of us hiked on over to Bucca di Beppo for some Italian food, passing this biodiesel tanker along the way.
TAKING THE BUS ACROSS TOWN
The next evening, we took the bus to meet longtime family friend, Carolyn for some Burmese food. After we hooked up with Carolyn, we were so engrossed in conversation that we forgot to take out our camera and capture the moment.
HENRY SEES US TO THE AIRPORT
The next morning, bright and early, Henry drove us to the airport at Oh-dark-thirty in Kelly's grandmother's car on his way to work.
BACK HOME IN TIME TO COOK LOCAL LUNCH
We dove right back into the bubble as soon as we returned home, helping prepare lunch for 40-some hungry people. Bob fries Tempeh the morning of, and Doug, also on our team, chit chats with Moya in the plant kitchen over lunch.
EVERY BIT GOT EATEN
Sandi, Adah, Michelle, Jack, Doug, Moya and Jason were only some of the people who feasted on a Mexican menu of Smoky Chipotle Stew, Posole, Beans, Rice, Tempeh, Salad and Cornbread. There were no prisoners (leftovers) after all was said and done.
MAKING MUSHROOM LOGS WITH ANDY
Andy starts up his chainsaw and got right to work, cutting logs for a mushroom workshop Bob plans on teaching in April.
We used our 1995 Ford Escort, Christine to haul the logs back up to the house
There is nothing like a nice pile of work all done at the end of the day.
THE GARDEN CONTINUES TO PUT OUT GREAT GREENS
And we keep on eating them. Parsley and spinach to name two. Bob is also over-wintering some flowers which will ultimately go back into the ground.
We love the way it looks like frost when it runs. The substrate here is cardboard.
Bob helped Ian plant some trees that were inoculated with truffles. Ian looks quite pleased with himself as well he should be.
Our yard is full of crazy squirrels, one of which has adopted this piece of yard art as his perch. This is a deer sculpture Camille's Mom gave us. She is forever giving Camille deer figurines because that was what she called Camille when she was a tiny girl.
THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:
“Everyone wants to eat like an American on this globe,” said Daniel W. Basse of the AgResource Company, a Chicago consultancy. “But if they do, we’re going to need another two or three globes to grow it all.”
"To drink coffee by the cup, we use oil by the barrel." - from John Michael Greer's new book, The Long Descent
"Many people say they hope the dominant culture stops destroying the world. By saying that, they’ve assumed that the destruction will continue, at least in the short term, and they’ve stepped away from their own ability to participate in stopping it." - Beyond Hope by Derrick Jensen
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