April 3rd, 2006

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Responsibility

"No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible" ---Voltaire

This quote brings to mind the waste, pollution and useless "development" that our oil-rich society is bringing to this planet. I am a snowflake. I drive a car. I take a shower every day. I live a life of luxury--compared to the majority of humans on this planet. I enjoy my luxuries. Maybe more than most snowflakes, I think about the farmhouse at the bottom of the hill that we're about to flatten. The cars that we'll knock off the road and over a cliff. The skiers that will be buried alive. But I think I would be happier if I went back to being mindless like snowflakes in the avalanche: I can't stop the rest of the snowflakes so I'm going along. I have no choice.
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Grand Canyon River Strategies: The Early Start

There's a strategy for getting down the river during
the spring windy season. The winds can howl in the spring, making it hard
to get downstream. They die down at night, start
gently in the morning, and increase through the day.
The trick for having the most time to relax on your
trip, is to get on the river early in the morning. If
you're good, you might be at your next camp by lunch.
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