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Saturday March 11, 2000

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Cleaning and Walking

I spent most of the morning cleaning and doing laundry. It feels good to get my clothes washed and put away. I've been so tired the last few days I just left all my junk sitting in the middle of the room. I also rearranged my furniture a little to get a new look.

I got so busy cleaning that I forgot to brush my teeth and take my estrogen which is the first thing that I do when I get up so I won't forget it. I'm amazed that I have been so good about my estrogen as I never have taken long term medicine before and used to forget to take my vitamins. I even keep toohpaste and a toothbrush at work for when I forget to brush. I took bus 34 for a quick run to the bakery and walked back home. Olive bread and multigrain. As they were slicing it I noticed that they had rolls of some breads so I added a couple rosemary rolls and ate one on the way home. So yummy and crisp. On the walk back I noticed that the Nature Conservancy is building a new office for the Arizona chapter. That will be handy to my apartment.

A couple blocks later I browsed a yard sale that a little antique and collectibles shop was having and a little further the Tucson Junior Chamber of Commerce was having a rummage sale. It was mainly clothes and a few crafty items. I am always amazed at the things people have. Part of me wants to cry out in despair at the acquisitive, consumerist society but another part of me is so grateful that we can buy this stuff. It may not be considered "great art" but I've seen a lot of things in museums and art gallerys that I consider junk.

Of course people want to buy things and they tend to buy junk because it's cheaper and they can get more. Some people buy clothes and others buy gadgets. Even environmentalists buy all kinds of environmentally friendly junk. It is of higher quality but they still don't need a dozen outfits and, above all, a car, if they really were more interested in the environment than in consuming.

It's been a lovely and warm day but it's putting me to sleep. I guess my body still hasn't recovered from the drive. I'm sitting in front of my computer, looking out the window, and falling asleep. and it's not even evening yet. Maybe I'll take a nap.

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