It's not super convenient all the time, but I sure am enjoying being car free most of the time. I was sad to miss a fundraiser for a friend who has cancer because I was too tired to bike the 50 miles to Loveland and back. However, it is really easy to get around. My friends make fun of me because I'm still "using" cars by hitching rides with my friends and such. I agree. I'm not actually "car free" because of this. However, I am not driving by myself and so therefore am lessening my overall carbon footprint and keeping one more pollution-spitting vehicle off the road. And today was extra interesting. I hitched a ride into Gunbarrel with my friend Alison because I had a meeting at the Kelty offices at 1 (in relation to the Lyons Outdoor Games). Annoyingly I forgot my power cord and so my plan to work in a coffee shop until 1 didn't work out. However, I was about to take the bus to Boulder when my friend Eddie walked by me, on his way through Boulder to snowboard in the mountains. I hitched a ride with him into Boulder, which was lovely because we were able to catch up a bit (he's heading to Bali in a few weeks). then I ended up at my Buddhist teacher's house (Jim Yensen), where I borrowed a power cord. Over the next few hours, he made me a great lunch, I finished up a few articles, and had a great discussion about how to interpret what "need" means in certain situations. I.e. sometimes a homeless person or pan handler really does "need" $1, while other times s/he does not, most notably when that pan handler aggressively and rudely tries to get money from you and then treats you poorly when he does not get what he wants (this happened to Jim). Anyway, around noon, Alison decided she wanted to get away from work and eat lunch in Boulder, so Jim, who had to bring a shelf back to a used furniture store and do other errands, drove into town and dropped me off on Pearl Street. I then met Alison at Wahoos, where she ate lunch and we chatted. We then headed back to Kelty, where, after some wrangling at the meeting, they notified me that they wanted to become a significant sponsor for the Lyons Outdoor Games. Cool! Then I headed back to Boulder by bus, and am now sitting at the Library. In an hour or so, after I finish writing one more article, I will head to the Shambhala Center, meet Madaleine, meditate for an hour, and then the two of us will head over to Chuck and Kira's house for dinner.
This is my everyday experience when I'm out and about on the town, which is why I have to stay home so many days so that i can actually get significant writing work done!
What a lovely day!
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