Timothy L Pagaard: Transportation
"Power has only one duty--to secure the social welfare of the People."
Why motion matters
We commit a huge amount of our time, treasure, and energy to moving from place to place. I humbly submit that we might make better transportation decisions, using our resources more wisely. Here's how.
I've also included some only marginally relevant stuff about how transportation problems have been solved in the past. (OK, I want to post my photos of the Niña. Where else can I put them?)
Evolve: Ride your bike!
"When I see an adult
on a bicycle, I do not despair
Eben Weiss, The NYC Bike Snob
"Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it,
if you live."
Check out my bike.
My favorite rides:
Morning workout: Crest circle
1020 A-2 Tierra Del Rey, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Ask for Mike or Liam.
I've had enough of paying to fuel my relatively fuel-efficient but otherwise cumbersome Honda Odyssey.
Christopher Columbus's flagship, the Niña
In February of '09 we visited a fabulous replica of Columbus's Niña. It was built in 1989, using all original period tools, materials, and shipbuilding methods. It's precisely to scale, 100% size. Everyone's immediate reaction is that it's impossibly tiny; this is true even of my response--and I knew already that this is one very tiny vessel indeed. More shocking and entirely unexpected, the Niña is also nearly completely open, as you'll see in the photos: Except for Chris's quarters, which is an unbearably stuffy closet (less than four feet high) below the partially enclosed tiller house, and a very small adjoining hold (for livestock and other provisions), everything is completely open to the elements. Everyone but Columbus worked and slept on deck.
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