1973 in San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California, Lenny worked at a drug treatment facility called Tarzana Psychiatric Hospital. Life was easy and as most 22 year olds, Lenny lived day to day like the proverbial grasshopper of Aesop’s fables; then came to America the Arab oil embargo. At least the Arab countries were blamed for an immediate increase of gas price from $.30 to $1.00 per gallon.
People were led to believe that there was not enough gas in storage, so people in Los Angeles could only buy gas on odd or even days, depending on our license plate, and often they could only buy 5 gallons at a time. The stores also had empty food shelves, as trucking slowed to a crawl. Lenny’s daily trips to the store were now hit or miss in getting food. As solutions to these problems came up, they often were simple and effective. The immediate food problem solved itself with buying larger quantities of food when it was available. Next in importance was getting around. The bicycle proved the solution to that problem.
Though not currently a bicycle or motorbike commuter, Lenny has commuted by bicycle since 1973. He has raced bicycles from 1981 at age 30 to 1991. A life shifting experience was the Arizona Challenge of 1986 a 24 hour race covering 325 miles and including a total of 17500 feet of climbing. It only took Lenny 23 hours to finish the race which would be won by Jim Elliott in 17 hours and 45 minutes. Jim also was a record setter as the first person to cover over 500 miles in 24 hours, and crossed the US from California to New jersey / shore to shore in 10 days 9 hours. The record for that crossing is about 9 days.
As you analyze and then methodically take care of a situation, and get others involved also, those around usually settle down to the business at hand. The Lord will certainly add to your perceptions and abilities. Your intelligence, learning and thought processes are the most important training that can bring you through any life threatening emergency.
Above is just a sampling of sites online this morning that I visited that may open your mind to alternatives in transportation and other problems.