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Staying in Touch and Keeping this Journal Going.

Jun. 8th, 2007 | 10:32 pm
location: Chicago
mood: awake awake

Two things :)

1. If anyone wants to keep in touch, you can add me to your myspace: www.myspace.com/fallingintosin

2. I decided the other day that just because WWO is "offically" over, it doesn't HAVE to be OVER.  I'm going to keep my journal going. I'm going to keep documenting ways I'm saving oil and other interesting oil related information/items I come across.  I feel that the more I keep reminding myself what a big part oil plays in my life, the more apt I am to keep continue learning how to conserve!  I'm wondering if anyone else has thought about keeping their journals going??

Tying Up Loose Ends: Train, Drops, and Chats

Jun. 1st, 2007 | 03:07 am
location: Chicago
mood: curious curious

Mr. Smith (the railroad executive) sent me an email with a link to a great site that shows how moving freight by trains is becoming more and more enviromentally friendly: http://www.freightrailworks.org/

Also, it has an option for you to join two different  groups, so that we can continue to make a difference: GoRail and Go2.

GoRail is a national grassroots organization dedicated to keeping people informed about the policies affecting the freight rail industry.

Go21 is a national non-profit organization reaching out to business and community leaders to find solutions to our nation's increasing freight transportation needs.

AND... I was wondering...did anyone ever pick up the DROP I left in Louisville? If you did, I've to hear what you did with the items I left inside and what you left in return.  It would be a neat thing to keep going even after these 32 weeks come to a close.  What about the other drops? I'm still curious to know what was in them...

Finally, the WWO IRC Chat room is STILL UP  and running.  It's a great place to come and share what you've learned.  Perhaps we could even set-up a time for everyone, including some members of the 10 to Save Our Country to join together for a farewell chat?  Maybe sometime this weekend would work? What do you guys think?

Another One Bites The Dust:

Jun. 1st, 2007 | 02:42 am
location: Chicago
mood: optimistic optimistic

Even though gas prices and availability  have stabilized, things are still not back to "normal".  Another gas station by my house closed down this week, that means more people out of jobs.  I find myself taking snapshots of these images because it is so easy for me to forget what really happened these past 32 weeks. I need visual shock therapy to remind me why I bring my own cloth bags to the grocery store and why I no longer buy bottled water and why I got up at 5am this morning to drag the recycling box to the curb.  I'm so easily caught up in materialistic America and I that is not a trip I want to get stuck back on anytime soon.  I encourage you to keep these blogs, photos, videos, voicemails close to your heart and fresh in your mind. May we never forget.

Always Remember:

May. 31st, 2007 | 12:42 pm
location: Chicago
mood: determined determined

 It's A War Zone Out There!

And It Will Take ALL Of Us to Turn This World Around,
Together We Shall Prevail.

Go, And Make A Difference!

The End (semi-OOG)

May. 31st, 2007 | 02:33 am
location: Chicago
mood: hopeful hopeful

This has been one of the most amazing experiences in my life.  I want to write a proper goodbye, but it's going to have to wait until I gather my thoughts together.  I can't believe it's been 32 weeks and that it's the last day. I've made so many wonderful friendships, learned so many things.  It's my hope that this site still stays up because there are so many blogs, videos, emails, voicemails that I never got the chance to listen to.

When this started, I was excited, but I kept waiting for the puzzles, the anagrams, the hex codes, you know all the standard "Arg" components...yet as days, weeks passed I realized this ARG was so much more than a puzzle ever could be.  I had high hopes for this event, but I never dreamed it would be come the amazing tool for change that it is.   Time passed so quickly and I find myself wishing it was longer so that I could learn more and more about people and the changes they are making in their lives. 

I hope that this game met every expectation that the 10 to Save our Country had for it. You should be proud at what you have accomplished. I can't imagine what a high you guys must be on knowing that you created a the first ARG think tank that has had  a significant impact on the changing the world.  I think this game has ushered in a new wave of building community and educating the masses in a digital world. The founders of this ARG made history and we, the players thank you for it.

I guess this has turned into more of a proper goodbye then I thought.  I have to say though, that I didn't expect to be so emotional and have so much sadness in my heart that this ARG is coming to a close.  Like Gala_Teah, I too have tears in my eyes as I write this post. 

Thank you to everyone, players and creators,  for helping change my life and change the world. I and the planet will be forever grateful.  

I end this post with HOPE.  Because, that is what I'm filled with in this moment. I have HOPE for our future and a what powerful feeling that is.

Final Changing Lanes Challenge: Week 32

May. 31st, 2007 | 02:14 am
location: Chicago
mood: accomplished accomplished

This is the last challenge. Thank you to everyone who's participated, I've learned so much from each and everyone of you.  I'm honored to call you friends.   

Well, it only took 32 weeks but I finally started a garden! I finally learned what it feels like to have dirty fall through my fingers and have calluses from digging.  Here's some photos of some of the items I planted!

Once again THANK YOU to everyone who participated! You are what made this challenge a fun and education experience!!!!!!!!!!

Follow-Up Interview With Railroad Excutive: Part Two

May. 31st, 2007 | 02:01 am
location: Chicago
mood: impressed impressed

I had the opportunity to talk to Mr. Smith again about the future of the railroads in a World Without Oil. It's split into two parts again due to time restraints :).

Follow-up Interview With Railroad Executive: Part One

May. 31st, 2007 | 01:52 am
location: Chicago
mood: impressed impressed

I had the opportunity to talk to Mr. Smith again about the future of the railroads in a World Without Oil. It's split into two parts again due to time restraints :).

The True Netizen Heroes in My Life

May. 30th, 2007 | 12:38 am
location: Chicago
mood: indescribable indescribable

I spent much of my day in tears.

My parents have been hit so hard by this oil crisis.  They are both in their 70's and have serious health problems.  My mom is suffering from systamatic Lupus that has ate away the lining of heart and while she was on a heart transplant waiting list for a while, she decided to take herself off because she couldn't bear the idea of taking a heart that could go to someone who still had a long life again.  My dad has Mystenia Gravis, a very rare disease that wears away the muscles. 

God, I'm crying again.

Anyway. My parents live in a semi-rural, semi-suburb area about 45 minutes outside of Chicago.  They live on a street in the middle of a corn field with about 10 other houses.  It's about 5 mile trip to nearest store, and that's just a small town grocery store.  They're about a good 15 miles from the nearest pharmacy. 

Maybe you see where I'm going with this? 

They live on S.S. and up until my mom's last stroke a few months ago, she still worked at the local pizza parlor in town as a hostess.  That same pizza place was another one of the small town business that bit the dust during these tough times.

Sigh. So to make a long story, semi-short. My parents are poor, have to travel long distances for medication and doctors. Without oil, without gas, they die.  There's no other way to put it. No sugar coating here.  In fact, I'm crying so hard, I can hardly see what I'm typing on this screen.

The only plus, is that they do have about 1 1/2 acres of land and some wonderful neighbors.  In the years past my mom would fill almost every free space of back yard with some kind of fruit or vegetable or flower.  This year, she can hardly kneel and loses her breath every few steps. But. She still planted, not nearly as much, a few tomato plants, some rhubarb, some pumpkins, some sun flower seeds, some hot peppers, some carrots.  Everything that she planted in the ground took every bit of energy she had. 

In my eyes, she is the true Netizen Hero. 

My dad, he used to fix cars, he could fix anything. He'd be the one everyone in the neighborhood came to when they had a car problem. When my dad saw a nice car at a good price, he'd buy it up and sell it at cost to someone who needed it. 

With the gas shortage, he can no longer buy cars, he can't afford to and no one is buying cars anyway.  His hands shake and his eyes are weak but he still goes out everyday and spends hours tweaking neighbors cars so they can eek out just a little more gas mileage.  He has an air-compressor and he makes sure everyone's tires are always full so they get better gas mileage.  

He is also a true Netizen Hero.

It's getting to the point where they can no longer afford gas in their car to drive to doctors and get their medications.  If they got sick, would the reduced 911 coverage even make it to them in time?  I've been hoarding gas for them. Whenever I see a gas station with gas, I take the little extra money that I have and I fill my gas cans for them.  Me, my butt can walk, it needs to get a bit flatter anyway.  They've given me everything, I am who I am today because of the love and kindness they have constantly shown me.  The least I can do is promise myself that I would give up everything in order for them to live out their last years.  

I'm going to call my mom tomorrow so you all can meet her.  If I can find some gas, I might even go and visit her. She's beautiful and I love her.  She doesn't deserve this.  If I had only known, if I'd only had some clue of what I could of done years ago to help America become less dependent on gas, if only I had educated myself, if only I realized that my selfish American lifestyle would eventually one day kill my parents.

I can't type any more. I'm going to be sick.

Everyone is Helping to Save the World

May. 28th, 2007 | 10:33 pm
location: Chicago
mood: contemplative contemplative

I saw this sign up on Rt41/Indianapolis Blvd today.  It was heartening to see that even local business's are doing what they can to help save and conserve.  I wonder how may cutbacks and layoffs affected this Oil Express since the oil shortage hit.  I'm going to see if perhaps I can talk to some of my area business's, so that I can be more aware of exactly how the local economy has been affected.  Hell, maybe I'll even end up building some more community connections!