Memorial Day Camping

I went camping this Memorial Day weekend with Emily and Tookie at Burlingame State Park in Rhode Island.

It was my first camping trip of the year and everyone had a blast. Especially Tookie who made it her goal to pee on every square in of the campground. It was a pretty big place so she probably didn't succeed, but you can't say she didn't make an effort.


It's Bike Season

Geez, gas prices sure are high. How can I combat high gas prices?

I'm glad you asked. You could take the Bush approach and try invading Iraq, but think I have a better idea. You could ride your bike to work! By using less gas you help the environment and there's the added bonus of exercise.

The only two negatives I can think of for riding to work are that it takes extra time and its not quite as safe as driving a car. Unless you live a really far distance from work then the time argument is pretty weak. I live about 10 miles from work and it takes me about 20 minutes to drive my car or about 35 minutes to ride my bike. So that means for a few extra minutes each day I'm getting over an hour of exercise which I would claim is no waste of time at all. This exercise idea leads into the safety concerns. I would argue that the increase in risk of getting hit by a car on your bike is much less than the health benefits you get from riding your bike. Many more Americans die each year from preventable heart disease than die from accidents. And this is just one of many deadly diseases that could be prevented with exercise. To anyone who says riding my bike to work is too risky is crazy; I say eating potato chips and watching TV is too risky.

Help me lower gas prices by riding to work!


Big Brother Fun

While I haven't mentioned Big Brothers Big Sisters lately, I still do things with my little brother. This weekend was exceptionally fun. The AMC took a bunch of us on a little hike and then to a community owned farm. The animials there are more pet than farm animals so it was great for the little kids, and big kids like me. While I don't have any pictures to prove it, a few of the adults commented on the fact that I got dirtier than any of the kids. Ask my mom, and I'm sure she'd say that sounds about right.


Helsinki Pictures

Here is a link to some more photos I took in Helsinki, Finland.