Around 9:30 a.m. one morning, the doorbell rang at my mother’s home in Florida. My brother tossed in his bed, perturbed by the disturbance and when the doorbell rang for the second time he rolled over and firmly pressed an extra pillow to his ear and returned to his slumber without any curiosity as to who was at the front door. It turns out there had been an attempted delivery of a package purported to be a flat panel television.
That’s when my cell phone started ringing. Energy costs in Florida have been on the rise all summer and as the price of the kilowatt-hour has gone up, my family has been finding ways to bring their demand for kilowatt-hours down. My contribution was the Energy-star 4.1 certified Samsung LCD television that arrived at their house earlier this week. Merry Christmas, from San Francisco!
In my own life I have also been cutting out energy consumption in large chunks and making my carbon footprint as tiny as possible — more out of concern for the environmental and social costs, than monetary reasons. However, as far as money is concerned, I hardly even notice that I have an energy bill these days: no television, all CFL light bulbs, and no oven or stove usage because I’ve been a raw foodist for nearly a year. Paying my energy bill costs as much as having lunch at La Boulange!
The majority of my waste is compost and recycling. I take the actual trash – meaning plastic packaging that isn’t recyclable – out once a month. And I’ve cut down on eating the processed foods that come wrapped in all of those wasteful packages.
My favorite upgrade to the future however, is the change I’ve made in my transportation habits.
Since the beginning of the rehearsal season in July, my bike has been my mode of transportation. I’ve biked to work every day, except for maybe four or five.
Alas, in the past few weeks I have started to re acquire my taste for the comforts of a car for everyday use. The winter weather along with the Nutcracker rehearsal and performance schedule has caused me to reconsider my mode of transportation on recent mornings. On several occasions I have succumbed to my desire to be warm and rest my overworked legs. Hark, there is a solution to this dilemma.
In late November, on a rare day off, I ventured over to the SF International Car Show to satisfy a curiosity that has been building over the past few months. I’m speaking of Nissan’s new all electric car. The future has arrived and I had to see it so I went for a test drive. Then afterward, before I had time to devise a plan to acquire this vehicle for myself, a young man asked if I would be interested in making a short video on why I deserve a Nissan Leaf and thereby entering a competition to win the car. My answer: um, yes! So I pulled out all the stops and I topped my video off with a double tour in front of the car. Unfortunately, that half of the video was lost in cyberspace and I am forced to use only the first half of the video to rally for votes. But I’m no quitter. If anything I’m more motivated to win than if I had a flawless video to post. But, I can’t do it alone. I need you and everyone you know to vote for my video.
Click here and enter your email address in the box on the upper right (don’t worry they won’t spam you); you’ll only get one email to confirm your vote.
Go to your inbox and open the email from Nissan Leaf Tour. Click on the link in the email to confirm your vote.
Then do it again for every email address you have.
Finally, share this video with everyone you know. Thanks for your participation! The voting period ends December 30.