09 January 2011

What I Want

I want to be a better person.
I want to show respect for every person I work with.
I want to show respect for the job.
I want to show love to my friends in concrete ways.
I want to tell my boss that he's doing a good job.
I want to work 16 hours a day and 7 days a week to make the world a better place.
I'll start with Victoria. I want to make Victoria a better place.
Give me a minute to collect my thoughts.


What would make this city better?
More biking, less cars.
Better drivers.
More civic interest from younger people.
Less reactionary NIMBYness from the older people.
I'm just throwing out ideas here, not every item on the list is necessarily relevant to the task at hand.


But here's what I want to do:
I want to make Victoria a city famous for recycling, not in the sense of bottles and cans and stuff (though that's pretty good). Oh, hold on, there's a good idea.
How about pay a bounty for every bag of street trash collected by the homeless? Reduce the money we need to spend on keeping the streets clean, give them a way to make money (a lot of them already recycle bottles full time). Ok, leave that there.


I want to make Victoria famous for chopped up, cheap-ass, recycled motorcycles. Reduce the number of cars on the street, increase the number of people who own motorbikes instead of cars. Make it normal to take a bike to the office and vulgar to take a car.


How?
The beginning is the motorcycle salvage yard on Discovery Street. There are piles and piles of motorcycle parts stacked every which way in there, and while everything in the world can probably be found in there someplace, no one has the time to look.


To start, just to START (you have to start somewhere) I want to organize the salvage yard. Catalogue, photograph, stack things up nice and tidy. Make it user friendly.


Next step is taking bikes to wreck and recycle (there's about to be a glut of old Harley's on the market), and building new ones from parts.


That's down the road. What I want to do right this very minute is start spending 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, whipping that shop into usable condition.