What I like – recyling done well by companies that sell you stuff, companies I might go to anyway. I just had a very positive experience at my local Best Buy. I was recyling a old desktop computer. The pleasant person at the front kiosk told me where to take my desktop and pointed me in the direction of the flatbed carts, conveniently located in the front of the store. I took a cart to my car (parking lot with plenty of parking, trees and flowers too), loaded the desktop on the cart, wheeled it back into the store and stopped at customer service, also located in the front of the store. The equally pleasant person at customer service asked me to fill out some minimal information and told me I could leave the cart right there – they’d take care of it. I had such a good experience that I did what Best Buy hoped I would do – I looked around the store. In the mobile electronics section I chatted with another pleasant, knowledgeable person about GPS. I might even come backlater to, you know, shop.
My current MBA program has a concentration in sustainability. Assuming that recyling is part of sustainability, I hope my school talks about recyling in a world where it’s simply recycling, something that’s convenient, something that we do. Best Buy is making it work by including recyling as part of what they do. I like that.
From the website http://www.kksf.com/main.html
May 18, 2009
Today marks the end of an era. KKSF-FM is no longer the Bay Area’s home for Smooth Jazz.
Everyone at KKSF would like to thank all the loyal fans of our station and the years of support you’ve given us. Over our 20 year history, you have always been there for us, and we truly appreciate it. You’ve traveled to our hundreds of KKSF listener parties and concerts, celebrated at our Sunday Brunches, helped raise over 4 million dollars for Bay Area AIDS organizations by purchasing Samplers for AIDS Relief, and you’ve listened to countless hours of Smooth Jazz music and artists. That unwavering support is reflected in a rich and successful track record at 103.7 KKSF.
The spirit of KKSF isn’t going away, however. KKSF.com will continue to thrive as your source for Smooth Jazz including a digital audio stream of the Smooth Jazz Network as well as videos on demand, concert listings and other features. We hope you’ll choose to continue to support the artists and the music online.
So the radio station now has a different format. I understand that the owners of KKSF may have needed to do this for commercial reasons, but I don’t like it.
I’m glad I can still listen to my KKSF over the web.
Here’s a picture for Doug, who asked if I had any photos of ice plants on the beaches of San Francisco or Pacifica. The closest I have is some photos of the ice plants at Point Reyes National Seashore, in Marin County, north of San Francisco. This photo was taken at North Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore, in March 2006.
Now that I’ve learned that ice plants are invasive, I understand that they should probably be ripped out of Point Reyes National Seashore. I know that, but the ice plants are wonderful to see in the spring – the brilliant color and the green leaves against the ocean.
The ice plants have started blooming, here where I live, south of San Francisco, in the San Francisco Bay area. Ice plants are succulents which form a ground cover. The most common species in my area appears to be Carpobrotus edulis. They are very hardy, hold water (good for this dry area) and they have beautiful pink and yellow flowers in the spring. They were popular as ground covers for commercial spaces, and were planted along the highways to help prevent erosion. They grow well in our climate. Here’s a description and some pictures – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpobrotus_edulis
I like them, though, yes, I know that they are an invasive species. Ice plants are not native to this area. They are native to South Africa, which has a Mediterranean climate like our climate, so of course they grow well here. I realize that we need to get them out of natural habitats such as the Point Reyes National Seashore, and the San Francisco estuary, but I do enjoy seeing them bloom in my area, in the spring.
The ice plants are pretty along Bayshore Drive. I went there on Sunday, April 5, 2009, and took pictures.
The California Poppy (our state flower!) has also started blooming. I’ll have to go take pictures.