So with all the oil crisis stuff, they’re coming out with a new automobile fuel that’s both cheap and convenient. It comes in pellets the size of hockey pucks that you can buy anywhere – corner shops, grocery stores, etc… in cases of 24. The case will sell for around $50 and each pellet is the equivalent of a full tank of gas for the average SUV.
You just drop the pellet into the gas tank, fill up the tank with tap water and off you go.
There are a few drawbacks however:
- First, your car won’t go any faster than 30 mph/50kph.
- Second, after about a year your gas tank will corrode and start leaking fuel.
- Third, the stuff emits exhaust that eats away at your car’s paint and the paint of other cars on the road.
- Finally, there is a good likelihood that your engine will seize anywhere between two months to two years of using this fuel.
Alternating these new fuel pellets with regular gasoline will decrease the chances of any of these problems somewhat.
So, would you purchase these new fuel pellets for your car? Would you perhaps consider getting them for occasional use? They are so much more convenient than having to go to a gas station all the time. And they’re incredibly cheap.
I’m thinking most of you are saying no way you’d get this stuff for your car. No matter how convenient or cheap, right? What a crazy idea, right?
You’re right, it is a crazy idea. And none of the above is true. I made it up to illustrate how careful we are about fuelling our automobiles to keep them in good condition and to keep them performing at their optimum.
So, how crazy it is that we aren’t nearly as careful about how we fuel our bodies?
March was National Nutritional Awareness Month, but I totally missed it, so I’m making up for it now. Food has become a pretty touchy subject. Eating local, eating mindfully, eating healthy, eating vegetarian, eating raw, eating too much, not eating enough….Food has almost become one of those topics like religion and politics that you don’t discuss in public because people can get pretty heated up about it. But we’re among friends here, so what the hell. Right?
I read the other day, for instance, that this whole 100-mile diet thing might be a crock. They said that a whole bunch of food shipped from South America or somewhere in a big boat or on a train or something uses up far less carbon fuel pound for pound than a whole bunch of farmers in pick-up trucks dragging a few crates of stuff from their farms to the market. And that the freshness factor is pretty much equal. So the only real benefit is that you’re supporting small local farmers instead of corporate agriculture.
See that’s the problem with all this food wisdom — you never know who’s right or what the latest research is going to spring on you. My general rule of thumb is to try and eat stuff in its most natural possible form. So that the less processing food undergoes and the fewer ingredients (additives/preservatives/etc.) it has, the better.
I also think anything too drastic diet-wise can’t be good — like eating only raw foods or eating only protein or only lettuce or something. Or never eating a meal you cooked at home with real food.
That seems simple and sensible, and yet statistics say that the average American (and also, I assume, Canadian) consumes 159 fast food meals every year. And of the “meals” consumed at home, a good percentage of them are of the ready-to-eat, packaged, frozen or microwavable variety.
You wouldn’t treat your car like that.
On a completely unrelated note I just wanted to brag a little that the other day I finally cracked the 1,000 barrier in the hits-per-day on this blog. They’ve been creeping up slowly and have been hovering in the 900s for quite a while. The other day: 1005. Who are all you people? Do you come here by accident? Do you actually read anything while you’re here? Why don’t so many of you ever comment?
Thanks for visiting anyway.