On her vegetable oil-powered 1981 Mercedes: In 2006, I bought a car that ran on vegetable oil. I wasn’t even sure about the mileage I was getting on the car because the odometer broke. Someone left a note on my car; there was a bumper sticker on the back that said that my car ran on vegetable oil.
The car was a pink ’81 Mercedes, a diesel converted to run on vegetable oil. And the place I bought it from said they would fix it but their repair people were, like, meth addicts. The note was in serial-killer writing and said “I have WVO” — if you’re in the community, you know WVO is waste vegetable oil — and it left a phone number. I don’t have recycling in my condo building but my neighbors across the street get blue bins.
At least if not for anything, they don't exercise, they don't move around to be physically fit, they don't really eat to be light and flexible. In Africa ,you hardly see a lady exercising in anyway.
So I called the number and he said, come meet me in my alleyway later tonight and I’ll give you some vegetable oil. Basically the car caught on fire on the freeway and I got out just in the nick of time. So basically every Thursday night I go bring my recycling across the street and fill up everyone’s blue bins.I told my friends that if I don’t come back within an hour, tell the police that I was here looking for used vegetable oil from a guy who left a note in serial-killer writing on my car. On the Diva Cup, a reusable menstrual product: I’ve used it once. I have been threatened by my neighbors who say they are going to call the police.” If you are a carless woman, who is single, you are at an advantage. On finding the funny in environmental despair: I think my role as a comedian and an artist is about trying to find ways to put people at ease.It’s not about trying to shove the issue in their faces like a dog being punished for peeing on the floor, but trying to find ways to bring attention to these things. In the second installment of our Neighborhood Crashers series, Curbed's intrepid video team and funnyman Will Garré went uptown to find out what residents truly think about their neighborhood.
After all, who better to define certain pockets of New York City than the people who live in them?
This summer she’ll be rolling out new episodes for a reality television show, called Wong sat down to share the highlights (er, lowlights?
) of her eco-misadventure — from buying used vegetable oil in back-alleys to her Diva Cup fiasco to the challenges of living carless in L. Here’s an edited and condensed version of what she had to say: On being tagged an “eco-comedian”: It’s a nice change of pace.
(pic from here) Caught news of a new site called Post Mimi at Slant Eye for the Round Eye.
It’s a Post Secret-style blog, where the author Karen encourages Asian Americans to e-mail or mail their secrets to her. But many Asian Americans already routinely post their secrets under anonymous handles on sites like the 44s and 8 Asians.
So I’m walking down this alleyway and there’s a man there, with used vegetable oil that he’s collected from a funnel cake place in Long Beach. Basically I had to go upside down on a bed to get that thing in me. Like, do I call someone I used to date, and trick them into it being sexy time and then I can kind of just be like, oh look what I found? On being an environmental rabble-rouser since age 13: I’m Chinese-American — there’s no such thing as vegetarians in my family. I was being constantly compared to other Chinese-Americans and everybody, basically.