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Monday, August 8, 2011

"I'm kicking the Habit..." 'Douglas Dunn' (Cosmic Tuesday's)

Welcome guest blogger Douglas Dunn, On Stage with Barack Obama
California Democratic Convention
April 2007

Douglas Dunn runs a small publishing consulting business in which he works with individuals who are self-publishing books. Doug has been a certified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter (for Deaf people), and  last but not least he has also been a Democratic Party media spokesperson for San Diego County, and has appeared at numerous forums in which multiple parties were represented. Please enjoy as Doug blogs about kicking the addiction of petroleum... To be continued when Doug's new car is delivered to him.
Doug welcoming Hillary Clinton to the San Diego Democratic convention in 2007  as she consults with him about kicking the petroleum  habit..Check out the You-tube of Doug signing Hillary Clinton's speech!

Time to kick the habit. Time to “just say no.”

I’m tired of pulling into gas stations and pouring dollars and oil-based energy bought from terrorist pushers down the hatch.

Definitely time to move beyond the gas guzzler. Yep, that gas-guzzling Prius and been a sweet ride for lo these eight years (and 160,000 miles) but time to upgrade to the 100% electric Nissan Leaf.

Did the test drive.
Placed the order.
Got the home charger installed.
Got some nifty “I kicked the habit” stickers sent to me by Nissan USA.

Now just waiting for a car to stick ’em on — waiting impatiently for the dealer to call and say my car has finally pulled into port and ready for me to come in and pick it up. Delivery is scheduled for the first week in September. If any variation, hope it is because the car got here early.

Looking forward to the day when I can plug the Leaf into my solar panels and drive off, powered by sunshine -- the free gift of energy from Apollo the sun god or whatever other deities there may be.

Looking forward to the day when I can just say NO.

NO gas.
NO oil changes.
NO tune-ups.
NO valves, rings, pistons, timing belt.
NO radiator or coolant to maintain.
NO regular power train maintenance.
NO smog checks ever.

Of course, the biggest drawback to an all-electric car, especially here in auto-addicted Southern California where we drive long distances routinely, is “range anxiety.” (For my friends in Kaua‘i, where short local trips are more the norm, this might not be as problematic -- and, yes, Hawai‘i is one of the 9 roll-out states.) But the Leaf is designed to go 100+ miles on a charge, and “rapid charge” stations are now being installed throughout the roll-out areas so that one can get almost a full charge in only about 20 minutes. It would still be inconvenient stopping for a 20-minute recharge every 100 miles or so on a cross-country long-distance drive, but for routine driving it meets most needs, and we’ll be keeping the trusty Prius as a second car and backup.

Delivery of the car is still several patience-challenging weeks away. But I eagerly wait my turn to climb into the sleek, smooth silence and ride off into the sunset ... or plug into it.

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Davis Danizier said...

via Facebook;"The Sun God reveals all!"

Davis Danizier said...

via Facebook;" Praise Apollo the Sun God from whom all power flows!"

Douglas Dunn said...

Wow, Kimo, you make me look good!
Even those grainy pix with Obama and Hillary (copied from a later local TV newscast).

And yes, looking forward to getting that electric car and plugging into the Apollo Sun God referred to by Dave.

...To complete the picture, here is a link to the solar panels:
And now working on adding some additional panels to cover the additional expected consumption for the Leaf.

Breaking news: yesterday I received an e-mail from Nissan USA including a link to my owner resource "profile" page, including full info via facebook;"on my soon-to-arrive car, including even the VIN # of my specific unit.
Looks like it's really gonna happen!
See More"
This is a channel for me to upload video samples

James "Kimo" Rosen said...

that's so awesome watching yo deliver Hillary's speech in sign! You look like Like Bill Paxton the guy with 3 wives on showtime...The irony is I remember the guy signing during those speeches and it was you, that's so cool.

Douglas Dunn said...

via facebook;"Shhhhhh, Kimo, don't tell my wife about those other two wives!
We got married in Kaua‘i in 1987.
Next year is our big 25th and we're thinking of returning to the scene of the crime.
Don't spoil everything and lose me a trip to paradise..."

James "Kimo" Rosen said...

Doug, The secrets safe with me and my 800 friend in Facebook! ;D)

James "Kimo" Rosen said...

Doug and Davis, anytime either of you want to guest blog it would be an honor!