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February 22nd, 2009
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Meme from siliconshaman :

Comment on this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

1. Funky Coffee shops!

A good way to get out of the house, read the paper, escape from the wind, and be part of society without actually talking to anyone. The independent ones tend to have better coffee too.

2. Photograph of the day

I live in a pretty extraordinary house in a pretty extraordinary place, with a pretty extraordinary view which changes dramatically with the weather, the time of day, the ships coming and going.... I bought my first digital camera with the idea mostly of posting pictures of various craft projects, but started posting a picture of the day of the view from my window. My LJ friends commented positively - so I kept going. My range of subjects has expanded, and the photography has become the craft project. The discipline of posting daily is good for me too, keeps me practising even when I'm suffering from crises of confidence.

This is a blog, which means that a certain amount of pretentiousness and self indulgence is entirely expected and, I hope forgiveable.

3. belly dancing

My study and work life have always been a bit too head-focussed, and I need something physical to balance that out.
Belly dance involves interesting rhythms, over the top costumes, swords (occasionally), works for all body types, and I don't need a partner to do it. Also, I really get into the extreme isolations.

4. The bay area [of Wellington of course]

I moved to Wellington for my job - it's not a place that I'd ever planned to live in. It's important though, to find things to love in the place where you live and the interface between the wild and the civilised is one of them.
Wellington's not an easy city to love, but it can be rewarding.

5. Alt. Transport [scooters & green gear]

Just as I didn't set out to live in Wellington, I didn't set out to work in the transport sector. Being flat broke and unemployed can serve to broaden the options one will consider and I applied for every job that seemed to fit my skill-set [1]. The Ministry of Transport offered me one, and I've found myself working in fleet energy and greenhouse gas modelling. It's our job as public servants to come up and evaluate options for our elected representatives to consider and choose from. I take this pretty seriously, it is intrinsically interesting and I feel that I'm doing something of value, so I spend a fair amount of time thinking about alternative transport solutions.

Pretty early on in my employment I learned that people choose the vehicle they do for the trips they take least often. They'll choose a 4wd tank for the twice a year trip to the ski-fields, and then use it five times a week to take the kids to school. With this perspective I decided to choose the smallest vehicle I could possibly get away with - hence the scooter. It's cheap to run, parking is free, and if I need a car for a longer trip or to transport stuff, I can rent one.

[1]Can't sing, can sort of dance, can wrangle numbers a little.


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Date:February 23rd, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
"people choose the vehicle they do for the trips they take least often"

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Date:February 23rd, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
"people choose the vehicle they do for the trips they take least often"

By jove, I think you've got something there.

At one point, I confess, I'm guilty of this. Own a now-defunct 3/4 ton Chevy van; when I first purchased it, the primary use-thought was once to twice monthly weekend trips related to hobbies/pass-times. Also at the time I commuted to work via bicycle... until, you know, about six months into vehicle ownership.

Currently, we own and operate a Subaru Outback wagon, and a Nissan Pickup Truck. The Nissan is a 1/2 ton. We could use a heavy-haul what with the livestock, feed, hay, and such. Between the two, we do OK. And the Subaru is a far sight better on the daily commute to work than the old van ever. Particularly since the commute got longer when we purchased our piece of the country, well out of town.
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Date:February 23rd, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Seems obvious when you think about it, doesn't it? The whole field of vehicle choice is a minefield of post-hoc rationalisation.
So do you guys want 5 things or just to comment on on this aspect?
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Date:February 23rd, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Hm, yes, those could be misleading responses on that count.

Let's go with the literal interpretation: 'Comment on this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things... ' I've commented. Lord, for what we are about to receive, make us truly grateful. *G*
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Date:February 23rd, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
Ok, here goes...

1. Border Collies.
2. Portraiture.
3. Goats.
4. Old. Rural. North Central Baja Jorja.
5. Nursing.
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Date:February 24th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. Okay, gimme a high-five and I'll see if I can make anything from the subjects. :)
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Date:February 24th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)

a) Engineering
b) Dogs
c) Texas
d) Geekery
e) Food
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