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Saturday, August 30, 2008

QUESTION: Time vs. Quality of Life

A couple weekends ago, we (OK, my wife) bought furniture for our porch. They come in these large cardboard boxes. Once upon a time, these boxes would have ended up in the garbage, but there I was cutting up the boxes, making them ready for the recycling. It took time, over a half hour for all of the boxes. It was a tradeoff between by time and the quality of life I want to maintain.

I'm recalling the local experiment the local paper Times Union did with test riders bus riders. One of the riders said, "I don't know how anyone could subject themselves to that. (I excoriate them here.)

So the question is simple in structure: What do you do that could be done faster but that you feel is important to take on in a slower manner? My wife makes brownies from scratch. Maybe you participate in a gardening project. There's a "slow-cook" movement that you might be part of. Perhaps you sew, knit, crochet. I was going to note that we compost, but I just don't think of the time we spend separating the compostables from the other items as that substantial, though it does reduce the amount of trash we put out weekly.

Miss Wasilla for 1984, Sarah Palin.



Gary ("Old Dude") said...

whats the old maxim? "A job worth doing is a job worth doing well!" I bet you did a bang up job mincing up the boxes and getting them to the recycling center. We have recycling centers here too, but I let my gardners and street gleeners take my stuff there.

Its about time we had a good looking "face" in our national politics.

Rose DesRochers said...

These days I'm slow at everything.

Anthony said...

The picture of Sarah Palin you posted, kinda looks like a young Annie Potts with a pinch of Dawn Wells. I sorta wanna download a couple of pics of each of these ladies and through Photoshop see if I can make Sarah Palin out of them.

As far as recycling goes, I spend time washing lots of plastic to throw it in a recycling bin. Sometimes I wonder if the water and energy I use to clean these plastic containers is worth it, or am I just taxing our environment in another way.