And the beat goes on.

20130518_165652The work on sustainability goes on. We’re in the maintainence phase of a few aspects of this whole venture. I just got Sparky back from the body shop after a paint job, removal of a bunch of dents, re-aligning the doors and a few minor modifications. At 17 years old, it was time.
The water tank is sealed up on the bottom and in it’s place. I just have some plumbing to do and oh yeah, some rain would be nice.
One of the things I have been having fun with is learning to weld copper. For anyone who welds, this is almost counterintuitive as copper is used as a backing or a brace or heat sink as most metals will not stick to it because it doesn’t melt easily. One has to put a lot of heat into it and back off to keep the whole piece from turning into one puddle. Because of the difficulty, getting good or at least satisfactory results is quite gratifying and something of which I am a bit proud. The only thing is that there are so few people that I can show off to. I know so few people who could give a rat’s behind. Point is that I’m occasonally working on a heat exchanger for the oil fueled excursion and should have it running on grease again soon.
One thing I’ve noticed with time is the effect on people around me. I had a co-worker tell me that I had irritated him. He threw an alminum can into a trash recepticle and he thought of me and how I would be shaking my head if I saw him do it. Because of this guilt he pulled the can out of the trash and placed it into a recycling bin. Yes! Small victory! If you have ever taken a traffic refresher course (long irrelevent story, but I have taken the course), they talk about how most people are offered a different but better way of doing things, and they see the new way as better, they will generally act in the better way. If people understand why recycling and sustainability are important, they will eventually act in a less wastefull way. It’s nice to see that setting an example is bearing some fruit. This is, in the end the reason for this blog. It’s a way to spread the word that there is a better way to do things. Consuming less is not difficult. Instead of throwing many items in the trash bin, they go in a recycling bin or a compost bin. Instead of making a run to the gas station and pumping that nasty stuff, I plug in the car at home. Instead of going to the store to buy produce that came from an average of 1500 miles away, we are working at growing food in our back yard (and now our front yard). The pickles I made are pretty good. We recently had a dinner of a Caprese salad with homemade mozerella with local milk, homegrown tomatoes and basil. Only the balsalmic vinegar came from a store. That’s a better way to eat.
SEG