In the comments of the previous post, Simon notes the big trucker rally in Albany today protesting Thruway tolls and gas prices (are they also protesting the Finger Lakes trash truck agreement?) Hate to say it, but I wonder if that honking sound you hear is the sound of dying dinosaurs. I was on the Thruway yesterday and it occurred to me that this might be the last generation to see so many trucks on the highways. Even if the Chinese raise the price of fuel for their own consumers, thus temporarily lowering global demand for oil, rail will probably be the future of freight.
I was at Letchworth State Park earlier in the week. If you are camping at Letchworth, and can’t hike 17 miles or more, an automobile is required to see all the sights (it takes a couple of minutes to drive even from the camping check-in to the actual campsites). As far as I could tell, the park has no shuttle service between its major attractions, which would seem like a no-brainer just in terms of being eco-friendly, not to mention kinder to visitors’ gas budgets. Letchworth has cute warning signs written in a vaguely 1950s-style Populuxe font; but the park still exists in a 1950s-style time warp where the personal automobile rules. Maybe it’s time to re-think that.
So, that’s my first beef. My second beef is with beef. I got mild food poisoning from a hamburger during my stay. Just enough to make me consider going a little more vegan on these trips.