hobbies based not on consumerism and elitism, but instead based on simple effort leading to sophisticated thinking.
In order to make this idea begin to be "real", I am embarking on a talked-to-death project to locate rock-bottom-priced fish tanks, filters, stands and air pumps. I am going to assemble a few complete sets. Then I am going to donate the results to rural schools, ordinary kids or other worthy places.
I want to do this as a one-person show--no hassle, no worries, no trouble. My first ad, describing what I am up to, but also that I want to buy not beg for free things, has thus far gotten one response offering some peripherals. I'm optimistic. I want to keep this simple, effective, and make it happen. I am tired of talk.
I also intend to make it my mission to learn more about the grassroots things in my state and county. I want to learn how to argue for textbooks that give full education and not merely abstinence training to high schoolers. I want to learn how to insist that history and science be accurate. I want to be a gadfly for truth, if that's the best contribution I can make.
A childhood friend e mailed me today. I have not seen him in literally 30 years. He lives in Dallas now, has for 23 years. I had no idea. What a fun thing to hear from him again. I'll have to see if I can see him again, after all these years.