Baby, You Have To Leave This Town.

Via on Jun 28, 2009

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Last week we went flying on an airplane to Boulder, CO,

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we had a party to get to.

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But when we returned home,

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someone had cut down four trees in the garden!

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They told us that it was to help the big, old, sick tree in the center of the garden get more water.

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It’s just the way it goes, they said.

It kind of reminded me of the airline industry…

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but even though air travel is a huge polluter,

it’s so much more convenient.

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…and, if we did anything else, it would be like going back in time.

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might not be all bad…

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…traveling can be an art.

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When we got home

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your letter was waiting.

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We miss you.

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and your stuff.

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Lately, we’ve been packing up all our stuff…

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because we are moving to a new place.

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but it’s not ready for us yet.

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So we have made some plans…

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that will allow us to get to all our family reunions

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and still see you!

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I told my mom on the phone today that we were planning on taking the train,

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And she told us no, that we couldn’t.

“It will be too hard for you.”

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But we are already good travelers.

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Mom, I want to you to know that

to fly, we would be putting .26 tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere;

to train, it’s .056 tonnes of C02 – five times less.

These numbers really do impact our lives.

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Our decisions effect the health of the planet.

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We need to start learning how to travel light.

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We can break the mold that says it’s all got to be about the destination…

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And we won’t even get our liquids thrown in the garbage if we forget to take them

out of our bag before going through security.

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(at least it was not a complete waste…)

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We won’t make it to every place that we wanted at every appointed time,

but eventually, we will see every one. (we hope)

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And collect some valuable stories

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(and treasures!)

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along the way.

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Then we will turn back for home…

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to stay for awhile

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with all of our stories in our pockets.

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LVEO. peace.

~The Smiths

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See you soon!

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About Joana Smith

Who I'd like to meet: Superman's Children, eco-warriors, truck drivers, persephone, roller derby queens, nurses, scientists, givers, priests, yogi, storytellers, people who don't know right now, playwrights, philosophers, people who are more visual, people who hop trains, performers, poets, seamstresses, activists, Spider-Man, kids, rangers, Snow White, dj's, massage therapists, people who work with their hands, bunnies, sportsracers, people who work in offices, dancers, baristas, artists, cleaners, climbers, Jeff's sister, Colbert, Skiers, Bikers, skaters, surfers, ani, people who are recovering, trees (and flowers), people who will die soon, gardeners, horses, Jolie-Pitt, soon-to-be mothers, margie's daughter, astronomers, people who are scared, girls who wear black and listen to the Smiths, cuffmakers, lambs, Miranda July, the man in the moon, Bono, people from 'round here, Obama...

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8 Responses to “Baby, You Have To Leave This Town.”

  1. sj* says:

    happy trails. bon voyage! bless*

  2. Chuck says:

    The planes will fly regardless and you will be stuck along some side rail. Have you considered a Consatoga? Even Al Gore takes the plane.

    • JoanaSmith says:

      Dad, the problem is that the plane is not ever going to be environmentally sustainable. It is the old, sick tree. The train, on the other hand can be very green and sustainable. Sure, many improvements need to be made, we could have better rails and trains in the US, but the only way to make that happen is get everyone to switch from the planes to the trains! It needs to be a paradigm shift. But how can we expect this wonderful paradigm shift to happen if we don't cross over ourselves? People are flocking animals, we just need to start leading them away from the dangerous cliff. They'll come, and things will change, and it will be better, yeah?

  3. JoanaSmith says:

    Does anyone else hear me? Are we going in circles, here? Do we need to switch from planes to trains?
    Should we do it now?

    Who wants to play the game called Take the Train this summer?

    We can meet at the Wanderlust and see who the winner is!

  4. rachel says:

    wish i could see you in california lady
    how long will you be there?

  5. JoanaSmith says:

    I understand where you are coming from, on an emotional level~
    my beloved younger brother happens to live in the UK.
    He got there on an airplane.

    But there is a problem, which is, peak oil production may have already been reached,
    and there is no other known way to travel by aircraft than by petroleum.
    Also, the planet is also heating up due to an excess of carbon in the atmosphere;
    and it is believed by some scientists that 20% of the plant and wildlife species will be extinct by mid-century–
    all climate, carbon-pollution related.

    So what are we to do? I don't think we can answer our problems by looking the other way.
    We have to keep moving (together), eyes open, looking for possibilities.
    Right now, the train is dying. Ask any train aficionado, they will tell you,
    and it is one of the most eco-possibilities: It doesn't need petroleum, it can run on lots of things!
    I think we should help the train figure itself out for this century.

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