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This section archives articles and essays on topics that don't quite fit into the other categories on energy. They include articles on high-mileage vehicles, chain-reaction accidents, our neighbors, Tule fog, and . . . well . . . other subjects.

Unearthly: The Little Lake Earthquakes in the Back Country

July 8, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

It was the sound you noticed first, an unearthly rumble that grew louder but never quite reaching a crescendo as it neared you. Then the ground beneath your feet moved. The solid earth we stood on...[more]

Category: Essays

Copes is No More: The Darkness Descends as the Last of the Independent Grocers Bites the Dust

January 16, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

We'd seen the signs before we left. For the past several months we watched the inventory disappear. Then they took out some rows of shelving, but the inventory continued to shrink. All signs we'd...[more]

Category: Essays

Justice in America: If You're Going to Steal--Steal Big

April 14, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Charles Keating died recently. His death marked a milestone in American political history. His crimes and those of my nephew illustrates one of the truisms in America often attributed to Al Capone....[more]

Category: Other Articles, Essays

On the Writing Life

April 9, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

I began writing as a way to explore the world, learn something new, and make a difference. It has been that--and more. I've been more or less freelancing since the mid 1970s when I published an...[more]

Category: Essays

10,000 miles per gallon of gasoline: Shell's Ecomarathon

April 11, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

On Aprill 11 and 12, 2008 teams from highschools, colleges, and universities from across the continent were scrambling in the garages at the Fontana raceway preparing their cars for the Shell's...[more]

Category: Essays

With the Lyonnais: My Big Fancy French Dinner

March 1, 2003,  

  The following is a report to family and friends form a lecture tour to Lyon in southern France. In celebration of surviving another conference venue from hell I treated myself to a fancy...[more]

Category: Travel

With the Lyonnais

February 27, 2003,  

  The following is a report to family and friends form a lecture tour to Lyon in southern France. Ok, I am oriented now. Couldn't get my bearings yesterday, but I've got my see legs back. One...[more]

Category: Travel

With the Irish 01

November 1, 2002,  

  The following is a report to friends from a lecture tour to Ireland, to Carrick-on-Shannon to be specific. To a black crow it's offspring are bright Or so it goes in Irish, a form of...[more]

Category: Travel

With the Irish 02

November 1, 2002,  

  The following is a report to friends from a lecture tour to Ireland, to Carrick-on-Shannon to be specific. Carrick-on-Shannon may be a regional center, but it's still a village. We took...[more]

Category: Travel

With the Irish 03

November 1, 2002,  

Tea Means Dinner & Other Anomalies[more]

Category: Travel

With the Catalans or How to Become a Sardanista

September 1, 2002,  

  Well it was hot during much of the day but it cooled off in late afternoon when I was touring the city on the top deck of a "bus touristic". Nancy would be proud. Though I missed the walking tour...[more]

Category: Travel

With the Kiwis

June 1, 2002,  

  The following are note to my friends from a lecture tour to Wellington, New Zealand in the summer of 2002. No, no, no, I am not working for the CIA. But if they paid enough it might make...[more]

Category: Travel

With the Kiwis for Dinner

June 1, 2002,  

  The following are note to my friends from a lecture tour to Wellington, New Zealand in the summer of 2002. A few weeks ago Nancy and I dined atop the Reichstag with a grand view of Berlin and...[more]

Category: Travel

With the Aussies

June 1, 2002,  

  The following is a report for friends from a lecture tour to Australia in the summer of 2002. While sitting in the Adelaide airport I thought I'd try keying in some more notes from my visit...[more]

Category: Travel

Strolling Melbourne

June 1, 2002,  

  The following is a report to friends from a lecture tour to Australia and New Zealand in the summer of 2002. Travel broadens the mind, so they say. It can narrow the seat as well. Let's just...[more]

Category: Travel

With the Tassies

June 1, 2002,  

Report from the end of the earth--or just about as close as you really want to go.[more]

Category: Travel

Get to Know Your Neighbors

January 15, 2002,  

Lupe knocked at the door yesterday. Lupe's our postman. If anyone knows what's going on in our neighborhood, it's Lupe. Lupe was concerned that a reclusive neighbor hadn't picked up her mail, nor...[more]

Category: Essays

Tule Fog or Three Strikes and You Could Be Out

January 12, 2002,   by Paul Gipe

You've read about those massive chain-reaction accidents. Miles of mangled vehicles on Germany's autobahn, Italy's autostrada, New Jersey's Turnpike, or California's I-5 in the San Joaquin Valley....[more]

Category: Essays

Dancing in Roskilde

November 22, 1997,  

  The following is one of several reports we filed with friends while we lived in northwest Denmark. Roskilde is on the same island as Copenhagen. 97/11/22 Cold, gray, windy. That's the...[more]

Category: Travel

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