Nothing to pump: Our Children's future?
Fred First came up with this caption in the "Name Game" contest, and also had this to say:
"Nothing to Pump: Our Children's Future?
Looks like a great magazine article image (photoshop out the barbed wire?) for a piece about the "end of oil".
These old pumps are also such symbols of community--found at the old country stores that were also the post office, feed and seed, and checkers-playing hubs of a neighborhood. This makes this rusty remnant of an era all the more lonely-seeming-- looking back on so much, looking ahead to such a bleak energy future if we don't change our ways in major and immediate ways. "
I chose this caption because it made me think....got the wheels turning in my head, so to speak. As a mom of a young child, oil dependency and the pending oil crisis is something I MUST think about. What will my son's future look like if we don't find another source of sustainable energy and start trying to repair the ecological and environmental travesties that plaque us now? I wanted to try to find some good websites on this topic to post along with this....Here is one I found that is having an open conversation about Oil and sustainability. If any of you know of others, please feel free to share them.
Another part of his comment resonated with me.....how the old country stores that had pumps like this used to be the hub of the community, a gathering place. I am fortunate enough to live in an area where there are still these types of places. You can go to one of several local gas stations/convenience stores nearby and find the farmers, construction workers, retirees, etc. standing in the corner together discussing all the local going-ons. You can smell bacon frying as the store clerks make breakfast sandwiches. It's a place where you are known....and if you aren't, you are referred to as 'Hun or Darlin' . The ladies there know your regular purchases. If I stray from the norm, they say, "Oh, you're buying The Grapevine today with your paper." They give Sir Laughsalot free slurpees "just for bein' so daggone cute!" They may not look as ancient on the outside, like our local 7-11 on the corner, but the spirit of the old gathering places resonates there.
There are still some old general stores and gas stations out on the rural roads, the kind with wooden plank floors and front porches with benches and rocking chairs.....I hope to go on another Photo Safari when the weather warms up and share these treasures with you.
What is the community hub where you live? Since many of you live all over the country... and world, for that matter, I'd love to hear the different places " where the locals go" in your area.
(sidenote: Here is a post by my blogging friend, Kirsten, about sustainability. She also includes some good links.)