I had this idea awhile ago but I didn't really know why I wanted to do it until now. I'm fucking PISSED OFF about what is happening in my city, my state, this country, and our world. This is fucking rediculous people we need to wake up! We need to do something drastically different or else things are going to either stay the same or get worse. I do not see anyone who has the power to make major decisions who is coming up with any real ideas for change. The only people who want to drastically change things in a way that would do us some potential good get shouted down and labeled "crazy" or "too extreame".

Anyways, I'm biking to California this summer. You read that correctly I'm going to ride a bicycle from Albuquerque, NM to San Francisco, CA. I'm doing this because we need to realize that we do not have to be dependent on cars to get places. We could be a country of walkers, bikers, electric bus riders, train takers, and sailers. Instead when I drive down Central between San Pedro and Wyoming I see car dealer after car dealer with lots OVERFLOWING with brand spankin' new cars. Why do we need so many cars? WHY? Can anyone come up with a good reason other than laziness and convience? Are we going to kill ourselves because we were too lazy to take our fingers off of the trigger? Please tell me I'm not alone here.

I'm pissed because oil is at $120 a barrell and Pres. Bush says that the $300-$600 checks everyone (who filed for taxes) is getting should "help with the costs of rising gas prices.". HORSESHIT! If you really want to fight gas prices STOP BUYING IT. I'm not talking about those "one day boycott" kind of not buying it. I'm saying STOP FUCKING BUYING GASOLINE PERIOD. Ride a bike, take the bus find a job closer to where you live, work online, do something. I still drive on occasion, I am not without the sin of being lazy but I'm trying to change. I need to change. WE NEED TO CHANGE.

If anyone wants to start a bicycle club, or if you are insane and want to join me on my journey to San Francisco and back please email me.

Thanks for reading.

The inspiration for this post: Bush says rebates going out Monday will boos the economy

***update*** I really was not expecting so many people to read this. I'm used to writing on my normal blog where there is literally one reader, my friend Phil. So thanks to everyone It's been a lot of fun reading your comments. Here is a really thought provoking article that deals with this issue: Living in a post-oil society. Thanks again, it's awesome to find out on my second post what an active community this is. You guys are all really great!

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Comment by chantal on April 26, 2008 at 10:58pm
heh heh heh, Don. You know, the other day in the 'hood, I saw some guy riding a bike with a chair upside down on his head. But the chair was probably made of plastic, so it sort of neutralized the whole endeavor.
Comment by Will on April 26, 2008 at 11:22pm
Yeah I forgot to add this: I do realize that nearly everything we do or own or buy involves oil. From manufacturing to transportation costs oil is used nearly every step of the way. However, I'm just talking about one aspect of oil usage, something we have quite a lot of control over. Like I said I'm not perfect and I wasn't trying to criticize individuals. I'm just saying we can do more s'all.

PS: If my vulgarity offended you well, I'm really fuckin' sorry 'bout that.
Comment by Will on April 27, 2008 at 2:08am
First: I'd like to say: "Wow" I'm really surprised that so many people have read this and taken the time to comment.
Second: While I agree that there are certain ways of speaking that will garner support from different groups of people I disagree that people only resort to using vulgarity due to a lack of education and/or vocabulary. While you weren't explicitly saying that, I feel that it is a sentiment that is shared by many people.
Third: Yeah support. Hmm... I guess I didn't really think about that. I was mostly just upset and offended and needed to express that in a public forum. However, seeing as how many people actually read this I will definitely think more before posting some heated blag about how I'm feeling at the moment.
Fourth: Back to vulgarity, I really think that there are times when curse words are appropriate. The term "colorful language" comes to mind. I was upset, and I felt that words like "fuck" and "pissed" and "shit" best expressed how I was feeling at the time. While "chagrined" is one of my favorite words (though I always mispronounce it on purpose) it's just not the kind of word that I would use in a rant like this.

Anyways, thanks for the thoughtful replies!
Comment by Tricross on April 27, 2008 at 10:12am
The whole post would have been better without the F-bomb. Good points made, but all lost in the vilgarity.
Comment by Tricross on April 27, 2008 at 10:13am
Of course I can't spell either.... vulgarity is what I meant.
Comment by Laura on April 27, 2008 at 10:18am
Go Will!!!

Nope, no one can be perfect and no matter how great someone's intentions are, they're still going to use some plastic or have to drive their kid somewhere or fly on a plane to a funeral.

But you can either give up entirely and say "what's the use?" or you can make a statement or a change--or even just stand up and say "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."

Reading your post this morning, Will, made me happy as hell. I'm pissed off all the damn time, too and I'm as sick of my own frustrations and inadequacies as I am of this country's crap-ass policy about everything from energy to the war in Iraq.

And Derek, I think that "Sweet Fancy Moses" is my favorite phrase ever. I am going to try and train myself to say that instead of dropping the damn f-bomb all day long.

By the way, just yesterday, the latest issue of Orion arrived in my mailbox. There are two stories that might be of interest to readers on this thread:

How to Be a Climate Hero and Snap into Action for the Climate.
Comment by brendisimo on April 27, 2008 at 10:42am
Totally with you Will. The world is getting really f*cked up and I think your bike ride to SF will be an awesome experience. Will you attempt to blog about it on the way? Wish I could go but too much to do here in Burqu. And if you haven't been already, come out this coming friday for critical mass. Join a bunch of people riding bikes around albuquerque streets...serious fun, especially when there is a large group. But why are you pissed that oil is at $120 a barrel? Seems to me the higher prices go, the more changes will be made...the days of cheap oil are gone folks, no need to whine, just hop on your bike or the bus!
Comment by Bret on April 27, 2008 at 10:45am
"if you have your eyes and ears open to the world around you and actually give a shit its hard not to feel that way. "
Amen, Brother!

"What do you do for a living? Must not involve hauling anything around. Have children? Grocery shop for more than one person?...Guess I'll start hauling around lumber on my Schwinn."
I've been to the Netherlands. I've seen how it can be.
Go check out the Xtracycle group on flickr.

I'm with you, man!
Comment by Tricross on April 27, 2008 at 10:48am
I'm just curious... what exactly is a bike ride to San Francisco and back supposed to accomplish? I ride over 150 miles a week on my bike to work and running errands, so I'm with you on the biking thing. I hate the war in Iraq as much as anybody and global warming makes me sick. But riding to San Francisco just seems a bit odd on getting a message across. Wouldn't setting an example here where peopl can witness it have more impact? Just askin'
Comment by Joe on April 27, 2008 at 11:13am
lately i've been substituting the actual F bomb w/ effing, fricking, or friggin'. kind of trying to clean it up a bit, but, i get your point. Good luck and safety w/ your ride bro!!


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