Why I Love Solar Drivers
Have you ever been somewhere far away from where you went to collegeand saw a bumper sticker from your alma mater? When I lived in Florida, I had a University of Colorado sticker in the back window of my car, and I can’t tell you how many times people would go out of their way towave at me and yell, “Go Buffs!”
With my affinity for all things solar, you can imagine how excited Iwas when I saw a bumper sticker that said, “I [heart] Solar Drivers.” In that “Go Buffs!” way, I was determined to share my support with myfellow solar peeps. At the next stoplight, I pulled alongside them andgave cheery waves and a thumbs-up.
Uh…I was really surprised that my efforts were met with blank staresand averted glances. It looked as if someone in the car was saying under their breath, “Don’t look at the crazy lady…”
If you’re going to have a bumper sticker on your car for the world to see, don’t you want to connect with others who share your enthusiasm?? I can attest that CU alumni in Florida sure do.
Solar — or Sober — Drivers?
When the lightturned green, I pulled away slowly, which wasn’t hard to do as the other driver layed rubber to get out of there. What did I miss at firstglance? Are they pro-drilling? Or employees of BP?
On closer analysis, their reaction to my waving suddenly made sensewhen I realized that their bumper sticker said, “I [heart] SoberDrivers.” Oopsy!
Can you imagine?? Here’s this crazy lady waving at them for noapparent reason. They probably thought I had just come from the bar. I’m lucky they didn’t call the police. Try explaining that to the officer who pulls you over. “No, officer, I swear I haven’t had any alcohol; I just get really excited about solar.”
Yeah, right lady…
I still heart solar drivers. And sober drivers.
Christof Demont-Heinrich is founder, creator andeditor of SolarChargedDriving.Com, which he launched in September 2009.SolarChargedDriving.Com is a unique site devoted to covering andpromoting the synergy between solar energy and EVs (electric vehicles)and PHEVs (plug in hybrid electric vehicles). In addition to offeringreaders a mix of how-to information, news feature and newswire coverage, and news analysis, SolarChargedDriving.Com is an interactive community: Readers can create their own blogs, post pictures and video, createtheir own photo and video galleries, and meet other solar-chargeddrivers online. A journalism professor at the University of Denver (DU), Demont-Heinrich is a lifelong environmentalist who loves to bird, hike, camp, and bike. Articles l Homepage
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