Sunday, January 20, 2008

Mutterings of the Global Warming Kind

There's something so not right about 18° (-8°C) this time of the year.

Global warming is a myth? Whatever. We were 20 degrees ABOVE normal today. Hel-loooo? I think we're probably all doomed. Alaska's going to turn to mush and be consumed by the oceans. It's just not right. Then again, it probably won't concern me too much; I'm probably not gonna be livin' here forever... but then again then again you never can tell. Oh wait, then again then again then again wherever I am, probably New Hampshire, I'll still feel the crappy warmth in winter there, too. A snowless New England in winter? It would not surprise me within my lifetime. I'm not sayin' Al Gore's the environment god we should all bow down to, nor am I sayin' we, human beings, are in any kind of super-dire emergency... but it's happening and certain nations ::cough::U.S.::cough::China::cough:: just don't care. I shouldn't say the United States doesn't care but Republicans seem to not care as much as Dems, seems they'd rather favor corporations who will make more money by polluting instead of telling them they have to settle for making not as much money by cleaning up their acts. Oh, that and the fact that we're still addicted to oil. Lobbyists for the auto industry and the oil companies have politicians in the palms of their hands. Of course America could switch to having all new cars use alternative fuel engines... but why? There's still oil to use. It doesn't matter if gasoline costs $3.00 a gallon, people still keep paying for it.

So it all continues. Oil-based pollution keeps filling the atmosphere. Every single month and every single year what happens? That INCREASES, yes, there's more and more and more of it screwing things up. The Earth's population keeps increasing: more people need cars, more oil, more gasoline, more industry, more pollution... more global warming.

On the plus side, because we weren't in negative temps today, I finally decided to take my friend Jan up on going dogsledding. Her brother raises and trains sled dogs and on the weekends she helps him out and told me to stop on by. Fun time, I tell ya what. It's fascinating being in the wilderness, everything is white, air is crisp, a dozen dogs pulling a sled just as they have for hundreds of years across the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions. It's interesting how they actually love what they're doing. It's not like they're slaves doing something they hate. They get joy from working in that way.

I just wish my dog was half a decade younger and didn't have a bit of arthritis... I don't know how well he'd do compared to true sled dogs but Samoyeds have dogsledding (amongst other things like reindeer herding) in their ancestry. The first ever dog, named Etah, to reach the South Pole was a Samoyed. They're not used very much anymore for sledding but he (my dog) mighta had fun with it. Ahhh well. He's had a good life. In any case, good day today ... hmmm, technically that was yesterday but since I'm still awake from yesterday it feels like it's still today.

Anyhoo... wow, I didn't intend to type all that. All I was gonna do was say: It's cold but not as cold as it has been... but like I often do, I got carried away. Sometimes it's good to just let the fingers go where the mind is wandering. Why not?!

All done for the time being...

How about now...

a free association game -- I say ... and you think ... ?

1. President :: Lincoln ... Honest Abe!

2. Stare :: off into space

3. Embrace :: hug

4. Movie :: Holiday Affair ... i just recorded it to watch soon. I'm not sure if I've seen the original but am definitely looking forward to it.

5. Everything :: band from rural northern Virginia ... I knew a girl who lived in a nearby town, the name of which is escaping me but it starts with an S ... ohhhh man, I've never forgotten the name of this town until now... I gotta check my atlas........ Sperryville and in January of '95 I went and picked her up to drive her to a new home with her best friend in California. I was in Sperryville for about a week and Summer (her name, from hippie parents) loved driving around my [VW] bus and one place we went was a cool old farmhouse in the rural countryside along the Blue Ridge Mountains near Sperryville and there in that house the band Everything lived and worked. I don't know if they all lived in the house but it was their base of operations, complete with a credit card machine connected to a phone line for merchandising purposes. This was a few years before they had a hit song in the movie The Waterboy and just after they were on a tour opening for the Dave Matthews Band. Fun time.

6. Profile :: information

7. Satire :: comedy

8. Erratic :: driving

9. Costume :: Halloween

10. Secretary :: Of State


frenchkys said...

Melting ice caps and warm winters...yeowza! Not really happy about those either. If you live in a tropical climate, you tend not to wish for it to get warmer.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

milet said...

nice mutterings!

mine is also up!

Kwizgiver said...

Christmas '06 was a green Christmas in No. Me. Never seen one of those before. This winter, December saw more snow than all of last winter combined. Does it even out? I donno....

I'm rambling about your ramblings.

afterthegoldrush said...

No matches today.My answer to #7 Satire:: Mel Brooks was as close as it got today. I just turned on my lights and I now have electricity. I just turned on my computer and I now have internet access (down here in one of the lower 48). The snowfall was nothing like what the local meteorologist predicted.Global warming, my ass! I have chronicled this unbelievable experience on my blog. It has been a freakin' nightmare! I am packing my bags and relocating to Tierra del Fuego. I can't stand this weather!

Laane said...

That's a nice list of unconscious mutterings.

Want to see mine?

Click here

Have a great week!

one says one number and the other another
but they were set at the same time. Hmmm...

Calvin and Hobbes in the snow -- animated