Monthly Archives: December 2008

Day 161: Tired Out


I go through bicycle phases.  Sometimes I ride a lot, sometimes not.  For the past few years, I’ve been riding it a lot.  Back and forth to work. . . around town. . . to Mexico. . . etc

Anyway, I’ve had the same bicycle for about 14 years, and last week I got a hole in my wheel.   Not the inner tube, not even the tire, it’s the rim.

The rim of my back wheel where the brakes touch has been getting progressively more concave as the years go by, and as you can kind of see in the photo, I finally wore through it.  This meant, of course, that I had to replace my rim in the middle of our buy-nothing year. Continue reading



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Day 157: Jump-Start Your Balls

ballsWe’re pretty sporty.  I mean, we have lots of sports equipment.  From baseball gloves to bicycles, snowshoes to swimming goggles, our shed, basement, and closets are filled with gear.  What I’m saying is if you want to do it, we got the stuff.

And, when we’re talking traditional team sports, you gotta have balls: volleyballs, soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, squash balls, tennis balls.  But the thing with balls is, they usually need to bounce, and once a ball has lost its bounce, it’s all over. Isn’t it? Continue reading


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Day 155: Young Minds Need to Know


I hate public speaking.  In fact, I have been known to throw-up before public speaking (my university car pool buddies can attest to that).  But I’m getting better at it, and last week Grant and I got to test out public speaking skills at a local high school.  We spent a morning block with three classes of mostly grade 8’s from Charles Tupper Seconday.

We showed the video of us on the news, we did a little presentation about the Clean Bin Project, we watched some of the Story of Stuff, and we brainstormed ideas for how the kids could reduce waste and consumption both at school and at home. Continue reading


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