Quick one this time: I went to the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair in Wisconsin this past weekend...great show. Lots of fun and TONS of amazing food (um...beer-battered cheese curds anyone?), locally made. I met so many interesting people, readers and presenters alike, among them Nate Kipnis, the architect who designed this home featured in our January/February 2008 issue, and Roald Gundersen, who does whole-tree architecture, featured here. It was great fun to meet these two in person, as I've spoken to them by phone and e-mail so many times and they are both awesome and inspiring people to work with.
My newest task: Get a new, much more gas efficient car this week. I am planning to take a trip to the Smoky Mountain area of Tennessee over the fourth of July (just after we get this next issue out the door)...I'm going to drive because plane tickets are way too expensive. And I am NOT going unless I have something that gets over 30 miles to the gallon. I can't afford a new hybrid, unfortunately, but fuel efficiency is my No. 1 priority. Suggestions?