Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Water drinkers take back the tap

Ashland Food Co-op in Ashland, Ore. has eliminated the
sale of single-serving bottled water.
Photo from the Ashland Food Co-op website, www.ashlandfood.coop 
I am as guilty as the next person of buying single-serving bottled water, usually upon an impulse because I was thirsty at the time and didn't plan ahead by carrying a reusable water bottle. Afterward, I try to obtain additional uses by refilling the bottle again, but I don't care for the plastic taste that leaches into the water.

Impulsive purchases of bottled water have been far less frequent since I escalated my efforts to carry a stainless-steel water bottle.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Berkeley to SF aboard BART

Jonathan and I went to Berkeley on Saturday. We attended a meditation class at the Nyingma Institute and afterward rode Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) into San Francisco. A security officer walked us through reading the schedule, calculating the fare, buying our round-trip pass and going through the gate. The trains rush through every few minutes.

The Richmond to Daly City route took us to San Francisco. We disembarked near the Embarcadero and walked around SF for awhile. BART trains are noisy, metal-on-metal, and the air pressure changes in the cars when we plunge beneath the bay. But we were spared the aggravated stress of crossing the Bay Bridge by car and then aimlessly trying to park. I think mass transit will be the way to go when we spend time in the Bay Area.