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Green IS as Green DOES

What do people think if you act green?

Last Update: 2012-07-04 11:26:44

People think it's strange when you act green. Whole foods, paper bags and hybrid SUVs are mainstream.  Today I decided the rains were light enough and I felt good enough to leave the car in the driveway, hook the trailer on the bike and take Sam to school.  So what it's a little cool and rainy, the work keeps you warm, skin in waterproof and I have this nice hooded foul weather jacket, anyway.

It's a 20 minute ride through my neighborhood and the next one north.  I get the the school and pulled up under the porte-o-coche is a friend's mini-van.  Idling.  Wife behind the wheel.  Husband inside dropping the kiddo.  "You're crazy!" she yells. Am I?

Got home worked on two listings and read up on scripting and value propositions.  After lunch, I biked over to my associated broker's office to pick up an agreement using the new trail. Overheated a bit and there was a bit of off-road as the City hasn't quite finished the trail connections. Even if they do, I'm not sure I'm going to cross over the road and ride an extra three-quarter mile just to stay on the paved trail. It's a commute -- short and direct is what I'm after here.

Anyway, I got back in time to hook up the trailer and go get Sam.  It's fifteen minutes, one big hill and a north wind.  The rain is mostly cleared and it's warm enough I've switched to a light windbreaker.  Fun ride.  At the school I see the husband.  "You're way too hard core!  I mean I haven't ridden in a long time, let alone in the rain...."  Really -- too hard core?

We stop at 7-eleven for a cookie on the way back.  Nice day in all. Got some things done. But it's eating at me.  Am I crazy?  Too hard core?  Is it unacceptably out-of-step to take the extra time and make the extra effort to knock out some business and personal commuting on a bicycle?

More on this later.  But, for now, I think no, it's not crazy, it's not hard core, it is an acceptable choice. I thinking about how people bike in Amsterdam and Copenhagen and Munich other places I've been.  I think Green Is as Green Does!  I think more folks choosing to do green as opposed to buy green is change for the better! 

ON the other hand, maybe someone with a 9,000 pound hybrid personal bus can buy some credits from me?

Thanks for reading,


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