This week Bumba is exercising some artistic freedom with the As I Sat On The Bus Invitational. He is exchanging the bus for a bicycle, and hopes that no one has any serious objections. Please submit your own As I Sat On The Bus stories and photos, poems and songs in the comments section. Good luck and have a pleasant ride and a good week!images-2

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As George Packard rode on his bicycle he considered the question of conserving of energy: how things he learned to do on the bicycle to conserve his own personal energy were applicable on a more general scale.

On the bicycle George slowed down before reaching red lights in order to not come to so many full stops. To start pedalling from a dead stop was strenuous (a large expenditure of energy). To pick up speed on the downhills, to reduce wind resistance, and to try to avoid going over bumps of course and rough patches in the road (metaphorically as well) all saved energy on the bike. George had long driven his car in a similar slow-down-and-roll-and-try-to-not-always-be-stepping-on-the-accelerator kind of approach.

“People would probably save ??? percent of gasoline usage that way if only they stopped driving like damned nuts,” considered George. “Maybe 10%,” he began to calculate.

“Of course, they could most of them drive smaller cars. That would save almost 50% on gas. Or they could not drive at all sometimes,” continued George in his mind.

“They could take the bus or the bike. They could walk more.”

George Packard, retired schoolteacher pedalled on.

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Bumbastories’ political analyst/pundit adds:

We figure that in the United States and in most of the industrialized nations an immediate 20% reduction in energy consumption could be easily effected – without any skin off of anybody’s you know what. A reduction in energy consumption of 20-25%!  Who would object? Who would cry about that? Well… the oil cartel, the car manufacturers, the energy lobby: all the guys who have been succeeding in keeping simple, plain old conservation off the table. Let ’em cry says Bumbastories.

George Packard, retired schoolteacher rode out to the UCLA campus, where he visited their wonderful Botanical Gardens.

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