[ROVERNET - UK] Headlight Talk

geffandjulie geffandjulie at comcast.net
Tue Feb 6 04:31:58 GMT 2007

Paul that is very good of you to support education in Africa. I biked 1.5h 
home tonight. Would have been 20 min in the 3500S!
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Paul Smith" <Paul.Smith at auroraenergy.com.au>
To: <rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com>
Sent: Monday, February 05, 2007 1:37 PM
Subject: RE: [ROVERNET - UK] Headlight Talk

Yes, finding the balance is tricky.  Here it is a status bit to spend big on 
your car.
People here have so lost the plot that they harass cyclists - those who 
travel at low cost with 0 oil usage.   Why?  Because motorists are impatient 
(the biggest killer), and want to show off their status symbols.  I only 
drive if I have a load to carry that is too big for the bike.  I shop on the 
bike if possible.
Currently I am providing an education to a guy in Buduburam refugee camp in 
Ghana; lots of Liberians were displaced by a civil war in 1990, and have 
been stuck ever since.  A year's education costs as much as those headlamps. 
Somehow the evils of Rwanda and Liberia escaped Western govt attention; just 
wasn't enough oil involved I suppose.


-----Original Message-----
From: rovernet-bounces at lyris.ccdata.com
[mailto:rovernet-bounces at lyris.ccdata.com]On Behalf Of Glen Wilson
Sent: Tuesday, 6 February 2007 12:03 am
To: rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com
Subject: [ROVERNET - UK] Headlight Talk

> Check out
> http://www.danielsternlighting.com

I often find myself in this position these days, but am I the only who
finds it somehow morally repugnant to contemplate spending $109 or even
$75 on a single sealed beam headlight? Personally, I'd start question my
priorities if I found myself spending over $200 on a pair of Cibie
headlights for a 40-year-old automobile. This would demonstrate a
serious lack of perspective on where the world is at the moment. There
are much better things to do with such disposable income, and it's not
just a matter of what one can afford. It's still a conscious decision to
spend an extra $150 on headlights rather than providing medical care to
some family in Darfur or New Orleans. This is not directed at anyone in
particular, but let's get a grip.

I'm such a killjoy, I know.



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