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Archive for January 2011

Retaining Water

I remember hearing somewhere that in order to save the environment that Jennifer Aniston brushes her teeth in the shower. So, I set out to see if it was true. Yup. Sure enough she does just that. At the Live Earth Concert in ’07 she announced “I take a three-minute shower. I even brush-wash-brush my teeth while I shower. Every two minutes in the shower uses as much water as a person in Africa uses for everything in their life for a whole day.” Point taken.

I’m thinking that in some cases it’s good to retain water.

I’m probably not going to start brushing my teeth in the shower but I am going to shut the tap off while brushing my teeth. According to the EPA the average bathroom faucet flows up to a rate of 2 gallons a minute, and if you shut off the tap while brushing your teeth in the morning and at bedtime you’ll save 8 gallons of water a day. That’s 240 gallons a month – well you get the idea.  I’m thinking that in some cases it’s good to retain water.

Up From The Ashes

They say that when a forest burns down, it comes back up even stronger. That’s what I see happening in my own backyard. In Detroit, that is. Sure the “Big Three” have had their hardships, but when it comes down to it, it’s the people that feel it most. Even though not having worked directly for the auto companies, the trickle down effect has changed the livelihood of many Detroiters. Many of my friends, myself included, have felt the impact. But you know what? People believe in the city and are staying. They are reinventing themselves and making things happen.

The Spirit of Detroit. Coming back strong.

Businesses are also looking in new directions and new industries are sprouting up, too. With that entrepreneurial drive, it’s the people that are going to turn this town around. That’s the Spirit of Detroit. Coming back strong.