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Free wheelin

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Choosing the mode of transportation is important. So many new and modernized forms are available now with electric-powered devices seemingly becoming very popular. I still prefer the old ways myself. My feet, a bicycle, or a gas-powered car.

I can ride these equally as well. The difference is how fast we get up when we fall. Photo by Mike Hartley

I guess I’ll need to adapt someday but it won’t be soon. I’ll be keeping my gas-powered go-cart (Miata) for some time. Getting a bike when I retire is a priority. And I’m walking more than I have since my very early youth.

Plus that new technology comes at a cost. I believe those Onewheel devices are between 1-2 grand. Electric scooters are between $300 to over $3,000. And electric cars still cost more than their gas-powered alternatives by thousands of dollars.

Don’t get me wrong, I think we have to do something about our climate, and anything that helps reduce our negative footprints I’m behind. But I haven’t either educated myself enough or heard a convincing argument addressing concerns about this technology.

What do we do with all these batteries, I assume they run out at some point. What about all the added weight of these vehicles and the excess wear and tear on our highways? Do we even have enough materials/minerals to make all the batteries needed to replace all the gas-powered equipment? And if so what is the impact of mining all these materials both in cost to extract them and environmental concerns?

And again I’m no expert here but where the hell is all this new power coming from to keep these gazillion batteries recharged? I thought areas in this country were already struggling to meet power demands and we want to add what percentage to it for electric vehicles and equipment.

Luckily having grown up in the muscle car era and now at the end of the combustion engine vehicles, I will probably be able to still get a gas-powered engine and stick shift even if I have to buy a used one if I can’t keep the Miata running another decade or two.

What a wonderful day it has been celebrating my grandson’s 1st birthday party. Few things in life have made me as happy as my two grandchildren. Their innocence, happiness, their expressions, and laughter leave me smiling long after the day is over.

On the other hand, I’m filled with stress and worry about a good number of things. Things like the health of those closest to me. Things like am I making the right timed decision on when to leave the workforce or will the new management regime terminate it before I’m ready? Things like should I think about back surgery or put it off again? And many more.

But that is life and while tough at times, it has its high points also.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Tired doesn’t do what my eyelids are feeling justice.
  • I’m finding the biggest challenge in losing weight was still getting started at it in the first place. Once you get going it seems to be something that you keep going on because you look and feel better.
  • I discovered a new part of the state today.
  • Advice from experienced and knowledgeable people is easy to find. Sorting out the wannabes and the real deal is the trick.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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