- Quit my job working as a project manager at an architecture firm
- Sold my car
- Bought a bike
- Packed up everything I owned in a truck and moved to Los Angeles
- Started grad school at USC
It's along the same lines of what I am trying to accomplish in my graduate thesis. I've mentioned it a few times on here but never elaborated too much....essentially with my thesis, I'm focusing on residential architecture, because I think homeowners have the potential to make a huge impact in the fight against global warming. But as much as we need to reduce global warming, I think we also need to prepare for it. So with my thesis, I'm going to see if there's a way to effectively communicate with the American homeowner about how they can change their home to make it more energy efficient in the simplest and most cost-effective way possible. It's a huge task, or as my thesis advisor likes to say, it's a "big bite." I know this, but as you might be able to tell from my other blog, Living in Los Angeles Without A Car, I am not one to shy away from a challenge.
In the weeks and months ahead, I've decided to intersperse academic and personal updates with helpful hints about how to live a more environmentally sensitive life. I know this is the "popular thing" to do right now, but if you 70 people a day don't mind reading about my adventures horseback riding, then I figure you won't mind extra posts about changing your lightbulbs and what not :o)
Happy Independence Day, folks, and here's a fun fact: only 200 days left in the bizarre, unfortunate, and sad chapter of the country's history known as the Presidency of George W. Bush. Here's to hoping we change the country for the better in our quest to save the Earth!