Sunday, June 03, 2007

The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun. ~Ralph Nader, quoted in Linda Botts, ed., Loose Talk, 1980

Things That Make You Go Hmm

On mornings I don't have to go to work, I walk the dog. 5:30-6:00 is the best time during the summer months but that is just a little
too early for me. I need to have at least 2 cups of coffee before I start. Others are up and out at that time and I usually meet up with several dogs and their people on the walk. On the weekends I see many people. I walk from the neighborhood down a dirt road into the wash and then under the powerlines near where Pulte is building their watered down version of Civano. (For more on the history of that controversy see Simmons Buntin's article here). Long story short; the developers always win. And now the housing market is flatter than a fritter and all these houses are being built. Just have to scratch your head-hmm

The houses being built to the right of the walkway shown in the photo are another bone of contention. I will have to say the models are quite mmmmm, what's the word....ugly. But the problem is not the aesthetics but the number of houses, the size of the houses, the wall around the development, segregating them. They're mostly 2 story, which Civano has its fair share of already. A 2-story house in the desert just sort of flies in the face of energy conservation. After our
Vail Experience, I've had all the developer controversy I can handle but the builder hype found in this article is just over the top. I guess it's better than Pulte.

On with the walk. These are crosses erected in remembrance of someone killed in an accident on this little dirt road. Roadside crosses are prevalent in the southwest and I've started to see them in other regions. There used to be more information written on a piece of paper there but that has disappeared. There are flowers in the wash bed which is about 15 ft below the crosses. Hmmm

In Memory of John Roman Voytas
June 18, 1956-June 3, 2006
There were fresh flowers there on 6/3/07

Freshly mined urbanite-could be my patio! Hmmm

General, with Civano in the background.

Back in the neighborhood, 7 Generations Way.

Houses along Civano Blvd.

Walkway in the Desert Country neighborhood.
(There are houses on either side)

Just before crossing the bridge to our house at the end of our walk this day.

The only thing missing is the sound of the birds and the darting quail and rabbit families that are abundant this time of year. The bunnies drive Gen crazy, he would so love to take out after one but, he ain't nuthin' but a hound dog, even off leash.

Upadate on punch list items. The solar hot water is now connected and working. It's a Copperheart and keeps the water heater filled with preheated water decreasing the constant heating and reheating of water that just sits in the tank awaiting our use at the turn of the tap.

We can now get a car in the garage. Yeaaa!!

We have the landscape plans and have started some preliminary work.

Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient.

~Aldo Leopold


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