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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
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January, 2008



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Joe Sixpack Re-emerges In Bolinas
By Dwayne Hunn

Over the last six years, Joe Sixpack's been MIA on the social scene. Being the "typically American American" praised by his leader, he claims he's been missing, because he's been "working three jobs." "But enough's enough," he frostily blurted out in his damp Bolinas rental, where he's been saving bucks by keeping the heater off, "I need a few friendly cool ones, where I won't clip food coupons in mittens."
Pausing inside the door of Smiley's Tavern, staring at the two non-sexually explicit john doors still standing at the end of the bar, he mumbled to himself, "Damn, it's nice and warm in here."

There were two empty seats next to Chuck Sense, an around-town guy, who seemed okay.

"Empty?"
"Yep," Chuck replied.
As Joe's adams apple bounced for the second time, while swallowing a third of his pint, the fellow a seat away shifted right, middling Joe into a threesome. Joe lowered his pint sooner than desired, as this left-stooled, professorial looking guy said, "Hi. My name's Eran. Eran Rudite. Don't think we've met."

Joe landed his beer, shook hands, and re-clutched his mug.

"Haven't seen you here before. What brings you?" Eran asked, nudging his bi-spectacles up on the bridge of his nose.

"Warm in here... Wanted a beer."
"Heater broke?"
"Nope, trying to save few heating bucks."

"Also good that you are not defiling the atmosphere using oil or non-disposable nuclear generated power to heat your home."

"Not mine. Couldn't afford a home round here... And usually burn wood, just getting low on dry stuff."

"Hope you fully oxygenate that 'dry' wood, since putting un-combusted particles in the air isn't healthy."

"Sounds like I should just work all day, drink in warm pubs, and crash in my clothes, hopefully, with someone who curves a sweatshirt."

"Thanks to Grinches who keep giving us Christmas coal lumps, that's where much of our middle class is headed twenty-three years after the Brave New World of 1984." Dr. E. Rudite continued.

Raising mug to lips, Joe asked, "So what's the solution?"

We, and the world, quickly need to implement much more conservation and appropriate technology... More solar, wind, ocean current, thermal gradient differential, and geothermal production of energy... Lest we fall into a un-mitagateabe climatic disaster. Unfortunately, not enough Americans and world citizens are implementing these doable solutions quickly enough."

As Joe watched bartender Eddy Love refill his mug, Chuck chimed in, "Isn't mere bar talk by guys like you part of the problem?"

"Mr. Sense, you know that in my college classes, I consistently lecture and write scholarly papers on our nation's myriad needs, so I do much more than 'mere bar talk.' "

"Yeah, and it's all talk, Eran. Most Middle Americans don't really learn much via lectures and scholarly writings. They learn by doing and producing more doers," Chuck replied.

"I know. I know. Now you are going to say that your friend pushing, 'People's Lobby non-partisan, citizen-initiated American World Service Corps (AWSC) Congressional Proposals, which would inspire 21 million Americans into voluntary national service over the next 27 years...blah, blah' is the answer; because it puts Americans into walking the talk."

"Action tops talkin'. Your sky's-a-fallin' speeches and pontifications on presidential candidates' promises won't reverse much of the mounting economic and climate change problems. Involving an army of Americans, however, may. So why don't profs like you, who teach at Dominican and College of Marin, have him speak about how implementing the AWSC legislation will build a productive American army that learns and solves domestic and international problems?"

After belching, Joe asked, "You mean guys like me could actually work on that Gore stuff rather than just watch his power points?"

"Yeah." Chuck Sense replied.
"Like to learn more about that after I hit the head."

"Well, if I'm not here after you flush, you can involve yourself at www.WorldServiceCorps.us.

Dwayne Hunn, Executive Director of People's Lobby, sponsor of the non-partisan American World Service Corps (AWSC) Congressional Proposals, used to drink often with Joe Sixpack.

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