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This is my Thinking All the Time Question and My Reply Section

Here are some of my thoughts and comments about how we can alter our lives to accommodate what's happening in our lives on this planet as well as in answer to some of the questions I've come across on some of the Yahoo Groups I belong to.

More and more will be added as time goes on. Please feel comfortable dropping me a note to have me put your thoughts and helpful comments up as well:

I'm trying to improve all the time.. wait, Yoda says, "There is no TRY, there is only DO." Ok, I'll gear up to honor that one!

Thanks for joining me! I hope to hear from you in the future with more thoughts. .. Bekki!

Table of Contents

  1. What can we Americans do about the gas prices?
  2. Growing our own food.
  3. Cut it back, hem it up, hand it down or do without.
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What can we Americans do about gas prices? The question is :

Since this was written, Gas Prices have dropped dramatically and continue to. Who's to say they won't hike again?

Hi Everyone is there any way us as AMERICANS, can we boycott buying any oil even for 48hrs can we all not buy gas and would it make a difference. I am frustrated with everything who is to blame, This is our country why canít our government help us??? Sorry just want some Feedback

Bekkiís thoughts:

It's been done and tried year in and year out. There's an email that goes out all the time as to what gas stations use what fuel from what country and it doesn't seem to make a difference..

BUT just remember.. Europeans are paying $14 a gallon.. and they're calling us wimps for all the whining we're doing about a pittance: $4 per gallon and their money is worth more than ours, which would technically make it about $20 per gallon to us.

Recession has happened time and time again and it's up to us to get creative and proactive as to how to live and get by.

Carpool (yeah I know, takes away the freedom of stopping where you want on the way home), bicycle (yeah, I know it's rainy season), food too expensive (my daughter has a balcony at her apt w those 5 gal buckets with tomatoes, zucchini, lettuce and all can be grown in water with holes cut in styrofoam so their leaves are visible and roots in water.) Do anything you can if you can't afford to park your car.

Sell the stuff in your house that you're not using, need to get rid of, or simply can't have it around to take up space anymore to get gas money.

At least you still have a house and car and it wasn't burned in a second in one of the fires at golden gate. You have a house that wasn't swept away in a flood, or tornado.

Since we don't have a government who will or can help us, we have to help ourselves. Have a family meeting to figure out how to do it.

Have bake sales, yard sales, car washes .. just to get by. At least we still have something. Since every block has new retail construction going on, SOMEBODY has money.. I'm ready to tap THAT!!

It's predicted that by July, gas will be $5 per gallon. Check out the airlines.. their gas is up 46% over last year .. soon they won't be able to afford to fly. We're all in a rut caused by greedy people.

So, what are we going to do about it? Thrive around it. Don't know how? Figure it out.

Best of luck to all of us,

PS: Here is the list of what gas stations are using who's oil:
Shell....... ......... ......... ... 205,742,000 barrels
Chevron/Texaco. ........ 144,332,000 barrels
Exxon /Mobil...... ......... .130,082, 000 barrels
Marathon/Speedway. ..117,740, 000 barrels
Amoco....... ......... ......... 62,231,000 barrels
If you do the math at $30/barrel, these imports amount to over $18 BILLION!

Here are some large companies that do not import Middle Eastern oil:
Citgo....... ......... ....0 barrels
Sunoco...... ........0 barrels
Conoco...... ......... 0 barrels
Sinclair.... ......... .. 0 barrels
BP/Phillips. ......... 0 barrels
Hess........ ......... ..0 barrels
All of this information is available from the Department of Energy and each is required to state where they get their oil and how much they are importing.



Bekki -

This is brilliant, it should be forwarded to the newspapers.

We are spoiled and whiney when we should be grateful for what we have, adaptable in the face of change and smart enough to anticipate/benefit from whatever comes next.  

What was it about growing zucchini and lettuce ... ? Got links or anything?

I wish I had money to open a Vespa dealership:-)


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Growing our own food. The Question:

We are spoiled and whiney when we should be grateful for what we have, adaptable in the face of change and smart enough to anticipate/benefit from whatever comes next.  

What was it about growing zucchini and lettuce ... ? Got links or anything?


Bekkiís Reply:

Here are some links.. of course anyone can google stuff like.. how to grow your own food, or hydroponics, or apartment gardens, etc.

Here are some links to check out:
http://www.breakthe exclusives/ foreignoil. html
Growing in a cramped apartment:
http://www.backwood articles/ wolcott61. html

That should give you a start.

As Americans, we ARE very spoiled and most of us out of shape.. if someone would ever yell, "RUN FOR THE HILLS!", heck, I couldn't even live to jog out of my small condo.

What people are going thru by losing their homes instantly via fire, flood, tornados, etc., scares the hell out of me. How many of us who are unscathed AT THIS MOMENT could be canny enough to act instantly to survive and even more, what is our Plan B?

These are the days and times we've always been warned about.. I'm  not a Bible girl, but check out Revelations. . fire, flood pestilence (whew, thank heaven we can walk and talk outside w/o sucking down lovebugs .. gak..) now we have 'can't see-ems and horseflies.. anyway, suddenly we're all much more susceptible to all of this stuff. Mother Nature is seriously PISSED! And sadly, we're all on her list of abusers to deal a smack down to.

But seriously, for those who've had to grab what they could in 2 minutes, can we look around our homes and know what to grab? Any of us, at any time could lose all our stuff instantly. What do we know what to grab?

For hurricanes, we have time to get ourselves together. Here's an article:
http://abclocal. story?section= news/consumer& id=5724075
mostly documentation, but we should keep a suitcase packed with emergency clothing, toiletries, etc, incase we have to spend a night or more in a shelter (Or worse, crotchety relatives)

Every time there's disaster, either instant or warned, we wander about like deer in the headlights. Why? We all know there is unsettlement around somewhere.

So far, I've been very lucky being able to keep my 'junk' around me,  but I'm seriously looking to start getting rid of most of the crap in my house and allowing others to purchase it or come and get it (I'll have both free stuff and sale stuff coming up here soon, I hope..) I figure others can enjoy what I've been hoarding all these years, now I dream of uncluttered space. But I digress...

Anyway, I'm over this lazy, fa-la-la life and am readying myself out of inactivity and inability to 'run for my life' (which is now, walk a couple of fast steps and then rest for an hour.. jeez!, I used to be a firefighter and used to disco for hours.. where IS that girl? I intend to reincarnate her again and I've started back w dancing to the oldies and yoga.. and man, it is hard and I ache, but I'm an another step closer to the running to the hills thing)

I just can't keep going with a good conscience about using plastic bags, leaving a light on in a room I'm not in, running too much water (ever hear of UNICEF's Tap Water Project? to which I donate $10 a month. I'd do more after every glass of water I slog down knowing that others are drinking brown water w bugs in it  .. click here:
Ecological & 'Click Here To Help' Links)

But, enough of my soapboxing.. (Pushing the soap box back in the corner for the next person)

Hugs and a happy weekend to all and.. LET"S DO IT!!!

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Bekki Shanklin has been a writer all her life. She published magazines and had many articles on how to live in the world today under the 'Thinking all the time' series.
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