My posting and blog reading will be limited this week due to the fact that I’m in AZ until Tuesday. For those who aren’t aware, I’ve decided to go back to school. I felt it was time to reconcile the difference between what I feel passionate about and my current career path, bringing those two things in line with each other. That’s just another way of saying, I’m going back to school to learn about sustainable community development with the goal of merging this with what I already do, residential design. Keeping an open mind that what could emerge may be something entirely different. The wonderous thing about this adventure is that I’ll be devising my own curriculum and finding local individuals to become mentors for the courses. It’s crazy, I know. The school is Prescott College in Prescott, AZ and it’s an adult degree program, hence the reason I’m in AZ. This weekend will entail meeting my Core Faculty, other ADP students, getting acquainted with the schools ideals and philosophies, and learning how this mentoring thing really operates.
Meanwhile, back at the homestead, the child and E. are having to fend for themselves. So far, the child has had her first experience with a dead car battery and E. has discovered the perfect spot to unleash the wild pack of dogs we’ve adopted. Well, there’s only 2, not really a pack, none-the-less, they’re wild. Tomorrow night, E. and the child have been enlisted to take my place at a gathering of sustainably minded folks from the community. There will be a showing of An Inconvenient Truth, a presentation from Alabama Electric and Waste Management and open discussion with local business owners about bringing sustainability to Walton County. That’s where I, er, E. and the child will come in. Wish I could be there to see how that pans out. Here’s wishing you two well!
So, not much else to tell right now. The plane ride was uneventful, except for my own inner dialogue I had with myself about how I was increasing my ecological footprint by flying. I tried to offset that just a bit by bringing my own water and food, though I was forced to empty my water when I got there (airport security). That resulted in using 2 plastic water bottles, which who knows if they were recycled or not after they were collected by the flight attendant. I declined one of the snacks. They always seem to be a disappointment anyways and I always find it a bit disturbing when I hear the collective rustling of everyone opening their airplane snacks at once. Dropping into Phoenix was yet another reminder of our excessiveness with it’s urban sprawl rambling on for miles, all the way to the foot of the distant mountains. Once in Pheonix, I shuttled over to the car rental place when I should have been shuttling my butt to Prescott. This is a sustainable degree I’m seeking after all!! By this point I was exhausted and disappointed in myself and realizing that once out of my cocoon (local environment), I like everyone else was plagued and bombarded with continual enticements to consume more. So when the nice lady at the car rental place asked if I wanted to upgrade to an SUV, I said…well, I didn’t say anything, just wrinkled my nose at the suggestion. When I thought all was said and done, she chirped in with, “How about a convertible?” I couldn’t say no to that. It was 75 outside and the 2 hour ride through the desert is magnificent at sunset. Somehow, I rationalized the whole experience by reminding myself that I’ll probably drive my Toyota until the wheels fall off and as long as I’m renting a car anyway, why not just enjoy the experience. I wonder how much longer we/I can go on rationalizing our superfluous choices. Somehow, I don’t think the fact that I’ve started a garden will cancel out my airplane ride and car rental.