It has been a hot summer and it only just began. With the way things are shaping up, I think we can safely say it will be hot, possibly the hottest summer ever that we know about. Although the number of days doesn’t change from year to year, it will feel longer. It already feels longer and it’s just June.
According to the calendar, summer only began yesterday. Meteorologically, it started June 1st. No matter how you count it, it has been hot. We’ve had long hot stretches of exceptionally hot weather with intermittent breaks. But when you look at a national weather map, it’s so red it looks as if it’s about to burst into flames.
Friends in even hotter places — Arizona, California and the whole southwest — are staying inside until the sun goes down and stores are staying open later so people can get their errands done without venturing into the midday sun.
If you were ever in doubt about climate change, it would be hard to deny it these days. Unless, of course, you are a politician being paid off by corporations who make their money polluting the air and water and helping to heat up the earth. I’m sure they figure they won’t have to answer to the world they’ve made because they are rich. Can’t money buy you anything?
Well, yes, to a point, if what you want is for sale.
It won’t buy rain or cool down an overheated planet. Nor will it make you live longer if you catch a fatal disease. Money will buy you things. It won’t buy you — anyone — a life or make your personal corner of Earth more breathable. The power to do that is far above anyone’s pay grade.
What’s one question you wish more people asked you?
I can’t think of a specific question I’d like to hear. I would like to hear more people ask “why” with far fewer rants. I would like to hear questions that have answers and hope that the asker will hear the answer and make room for the information. That the question isn’t rhetorical and the answer irrelevant.
So many people are walking around with minds made up based on zero knowledge. They apparently were born knowing everything except they know nothing that is real.
Ignorance is NOT bliss. It’s just ignorance.
Do you like eggs? What’s your favorite way to have them served?
I don’t hate eggs, as long as I make them myself. My mother, who was a really bad cook, made the worst eggs ever and although she passed away almost 40 years ago, I still feel a bit nauseated remembering the way she made eggs.
Thoughts on scary movies?
I hate horror movies or at least modern horror movies. I like the old ones, when Godzilla had “Goodyear” stamped on his butt and the Wolfman was a deadringer for Gibbs, our Scottish Terrier.
The modern, recent ones are graphic and gory. I find them not so much scary as repulsive. I won’t watch them. I hate anything with graphic violence or torture. If I can’t escape the showing of the movie, I will leave the room. I think I’m at an age and stage in life where I just don’t have to put up with that kind of crap anymore.
Do you believe in Karma?
I would like to believe in Karma. I think it’s a fantastic concept. It’s just that in reality, I have not seen it doing its job. I have not seen bad things happen to bad people. More often, I’ve seen bad things which crush good people.
So in theory, I believe in Karma. But really? It’s right up there with dying and going to heaven. I want it to be true. I just doubt very much that it is.
We have had some rain. Not enough, but some. If it continues the way it has gone, we might make up for some of the decade and a half of drought we’ve had. The rivers are low. I’d like to see some water coming back. Water is the bottom line of existence for everything living, whether it is a plant or an animal. Without water, nothing livese.