St Pete is like a botanical garden. In certain yards and neighborhoods there is a diverse landscape of exotic tropical plants. For a gardener and horticulturalist like me, who hasn’t spent much time in the tropics it is an adventure just to ride my bike around. On this trip I happened across a very strange fruit on a strange tree.
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My aunt and uncle take me out sailing on a sailboat my uncle built himself. This is wind power technology that humans have been using for thousands of years. I love the feeling of speeding along knowing we are moving without the use of anything but natural power. Maybe next time I can get them to do the entire trip without the motor. I know they have the skills. I’ve only gone sailing sporadically in my life and most of those times were with my aunt and uncle.
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In this video I arrive in Florida and explore the town I’m living in while down here–St Petersburg. This town has a lot to offer and of all the places I could go to in the horrendously backwards state of Florida, this is probably one of the best. It’s not that Florida doesn’t have a lot to offer. If it didn’t, I wouldn’t want to be here. Unfortunately, Florida is a lot more like Disneyworld than it is like the places I’ll be showing you during my time here.
Before I went to Florida for the winter I spent some time with family in the burbs I grew up in. I have a lot of nostalgia for times I never lived in, and though I know that life wasn’t easy back then, it was by far more sustainable. In this video series I look for the signs of what used to be before everything became covered with parking lots, housing developments, and shopping malls. There’s nothing sustainable about these places and in fact they are perfect examples of exactly what’s wrong with our economy, and why it is doomed to failure.