Today, I rode bikes with 550+ fellow cyclists and friends, all of whom were affected by and brought together by the loss of a single young man last week. Not all of them knew Tommy personally, but each and every one of them understands how important it is to stand by each other. We all want to bring awareness to motorists that our lives are fragile and have value - not just to ourselves, but to every person we touch in life. We’re all affected by the senseless and 100% preventable loss of life such as this incident.
This is not the first time this has happened, and unfortunately it likely won’t be the last.
Back in 2013, I wrote about my decision to switch to an Android phone. I started out using the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. When I switched my phone provider to Ting, I needed to get a phone that could work on Ting/T-Mobile’s GSM frequencies. Giving up on the idea of a modular battery, I ended up getting a Motorola Moto G. On the Moto G, I continued to use Cyanogenmod without all of the Google apps. I still kept my phone usage to a minimum, preferring to keep it dark, silent, and in my pocket most of the time. My Android phone combined with my low usage resulted in a consistent monthly phone bill of $26. But I’d started to consider switching back to an Apple iPhone.
Last week, I came to the realization that I don’t need to use disposable paper towels to dry my hands.
No one does.
For a while now, after seeing this TED Talk, I’d been using only one small sheet of paper towel to dry my hands in public restrooms. But here’s the thing: I don’t even need to use a single sheet to dry my hands after I wash them. I wash them with soap and water. I shake them to get a lot of the clean water off. Then, instead of tearing off a paper towel that will immediately be thrown in the trash, I simply dry my hands on my shirt or pant legs. The small amount of clean water on my clothing will dry in a minute or two and no unnecessary waste has been created.
This is just one more small step toward reducing my ecological footprint on this world.
Please join me in making this tiny change with a significant impact.
The first road race of the year down here is the Megan Baab Memorial Road Race in Copperas Cove, Texas in the middle of January. This year, it was held on January 16th. It’s a 52-mile course that’s in the shape of a big lollipop with mostly rolling terrain. In my first time participating in this event, I raced in the 4/5 race and finished 18th place in a field of 70.