In an effort to save money but still upgrade to something that is highway capable, I just purchased a motorcycle. $3500 brand new including registration and fees, 250cc and up to 100MPH. 60MPG, and she looks pretty bad ass if I say so myself. I call her Betty-Boo or Boo for short. My insurance did double, to about $450 a year as opposed to $200 for my moped. A little more expensive yes, but much cheaper than my recently polled shipmate’s car insurance of $1200.
In terms of being both green and saving money, turns out (much to my disappointment) a motorcycle is not necessarily more environmentally friendly than a car. Less CO2 emissions yes, less parts and weight in general which means less manufacturing costs yes, but more emissions of nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons. The general consensus? No one has any idea. This girl, at least, will still be doing a lot of bicycle commuting.
The other downside? I now have gears to shift and one day to learn how to do it. Here’s a little from my morning adventure.
And I think that’s about it for today. I have a pizza party to throw.
This week in updates: Alameda, and Pizza Party
The last few weeks have continued to be really busy. Thankfully Jesse has been a terribly good sport. After my last full weekend for awhile (standing duty now) we made the trek to Alameda CA coast guard island to participate in Diversity Inclusion training. Sounds boring, and I expected it to be, but it was actually quite good. I once again found myself as one of the sole voices speaking out about the problems in communication and lack of trust between ranks, but the Coast Guard has seemed to finally catch on to the real problem of diversity inclusion. One of my favorite quotes is that “it is not about counting heads, but about making heads count.” Diversity inclusion is a resource issue, an adaptability issue, and a safety issue. I think the next quote says it all.
“How do you know you have a good diversity inclusion initiative? Well, if you are about to make a big decision and you look around and everyone looks the same, you are doing it wrong. However, if you look around and everyone looks different but thinks the same, you are doing it even worse.”
It was nice to have a rental car and be given a hotel room. It meant that Jesse got to tag along, and we got to eat a bunch of really good food.
The Recipe: Zucchini Parmesan Strata
So I attempted to make hamburger buns last week, and they turned out good but not perfect. The result? Lots of leftover hamburger buns! Stale bread means it is time for strata, and I just so happened to have some leftover Parmesan cheese. The result? Deliciousness for dinner for the next week! I used sour cream and soymilk because they are cheap and good for you. Very little cheese is used in this recipe, but if you have a good parmesan, boy can you taste it!
2 cups chopped zucchini
2-3 cloves garlic
4 spring onions
1 1/2 cup sour cream
2 tsp thyme
2 tsp black pepper
1 cup soymilk
1/2 can sun dried tomatoes
3 cups stale bread crumbled
1 cup grated Parmesan
Fry up zucchini, garlic, onions, and the shallot in a pan until cooked. Place over crumbled bread in a large greased pan. In a bowl, beat together eggs, sour cream, soy milk, spices, and green onions. Pour over bread crumbs and veggies, cover, and let sit 8-12 hours in the fridge. Take out and bake for 30 minutes at 350 until the top is toasty brown and fork comes out clean. Top with tomatoes and cheese, and put back into the oven until melted. Enjoy!