His is something like, anything to do with startups and burritos

Noah asked me yesterday which topics I’m so passionate about that, if he asked me about them, I wouldn’t be able to stop talking in response. I told him at the time, good food and sustainability and "the american spirit and what that means". The latter was in reference to John Steinbeck’s "Travels With Charley", one of my favorite-ever books and one that’s been on my mind a lot these days, wherein he sets out to meet and discover who are the people who make up and define America’s being (one day, I want to follow in his footsteps and drive the same route he did all those years ago and see how things have changed). More people are probably thinking of it these days than normal, what with the upcoming elections and all, but it’s a topic that’s always fascinated me– what America means, both as a country and as a nation of states, and where it came from and where it’s headed.

Anyway. I gave it a little more thought, after, and decided that other topics that would make the cut are: water, Las Vegas and D.C. and why I love both, the concept of home, the concepts of friendship and family, epistemology, philosophy of human nature, why in theory I love CivE and Geo side-by-side so much, children’s literature, and frozen yogurt. That’s it. Those are my passionate-speech topics (as opposed to things about which I am plain-and-simple passionate, which would be… kind of everything). What are yours?

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6 thoughts on “His is something like, anything to do with startups and burritos

  1. “American cities are like badger holes, ringed with trash-all of them-surrounded by piles of wrecked and rusting automobiles and almost smothered with rubbish. Everything we use comes in boxes, cartons, bins, the so-called packaging we love so much. The mountains of things we throw away are much greater than the things we use. In this, in no other way, we can see the wild and reckless exuberance of our production, and waste seems to be the index. ..in France or Italy every item of these thrown-out things would have been saved and used for something. This is not said in criticism of one system or the other but I do wonder whether there will come a time when we can no longer afford our wastefulness–chemical wastes in the rivers, metal wastes everywhere, and atomic wastes buried deep in the earth or sunk in the sea. When an Indian village became too deep in its own filth, the inhabitants moved. And we have no place to which to move.”
    This could have been written today….

  2. It is said that all the waste the U.S. can produce could be confined to 30 square miles. San Francisco alone is 49 square miles. We have a long way to go before we move HeyJoe.

  3. D., is there a reference for that? I don’t think I’ve seen that stat before and I’m curious as to the rest of its details.

  4. i did some digging about waste, this is all i could find: http://www.islandwood.org/kids/impact/wade/facts/usfacts.php
    what i could talk about forever: burritos, startups, hot sauce, movies, the Fed education system of USA, sparkling water (not really but i just got into it), being practical/frugal, ayn rand and some other fun stuff…
    have you read nickel and dimed, black like me or nigger? interesting takes on life in america…

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