Sun and Surf

I went to class with Lori yesterday morning.  I studied my PMP book while she lectured and helped her students for the four and a half hour class.  We then headed over to the Solar Decathlon.

Here is the blurb from the websiteThe U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

The micro houses were quite something else.  All built on site and demonstrated by the students who both designed and built the houses.  It was quite busy and we didn’t go into each house but it was very inspiring and also the focus on affordability was wonderful.  It is great to think, hope perhaps that we are moving away from McMansions and back to smaller compact homes.

Our plan was to then go to the beach for a  walk and connect with the ocean but we ran out of daylight.  Instead we got up early this morning and headed to Seal Beach for breakfast and a walk on the beach.  We strolled in the water for a few hours and still were home before noon to watch football (or rather, watch twitter and get texts about football)

The walk on the beach, in the ocean was so wonderful and needed.  It was pretty empty at that hour, die-hard surfers out there but not a lot of other people just some pelicans, sand pipers and seagulls.  Great was to start the week.

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