There was a veeerrrryyyyy long line at the grocery store last night as people have started stocking up for the Eclipse next week. There were some shoppers with multiple carts filled with food, and there were rumors of gas stations running out of gas yesterday and of grocery stores like Costco being incredibly busy. Wife M shipped me out early this morning to fill the car full of gas. One of the things I love about owning a Hybrid is a tank of gas will last us a very long time…
I have been bussing to appointments today, and am noticing how especially awful traffic is as people drive for Christmas-related reasons. Despite all the fears in Seattle of global warming, so many of us hop in cars. We hop on planes, we drive places, we eat meat (which contributes a ton to global warming), we order things from Amazon that have to be shipped from far away. Human beings are not able to control themselves until the crisis is real and immediate – we fear global warming and say we need to control it, but don’t as a mass take steps as individuals to control it. And buy the time the Earth can no longer sustain humans it will be too late. In short, we are doomed to extinction in the years ahead. We will be like those early forms of life that helped create oxygen but died off because of oxygen – we are creating global warming and will die from it while blaming the republicans and Chinese for global warming while riding in our cars, planes and boats.
Trump is in Everett today, which at one time was dominated by Boeing. But there are rumors that Boeing will start making planes overseas. We have so many working poor, yet continue to funnel business overseas, which costs US jobs and allows a few Execs to pocket the profits at the expense of the average American. Additionally, globalization can’t be great for global warming and our food supplies (like the Ocean). So at some point, this will end. Humans will die from global warming or there will be war that shuts it all down, so that hopefully centuries from now this is seen as a short-term blip – or not remembered at all since we store all our records in cyberspace, which means a catastrophe will eradicate all these files. Anyway, I continue to feel discouraged but also encouraged that the world will survive the greed and this isn’t sustainable beyond a few generations.
Just a few short years ago, Highway 97 in Central Oregon was 2 lanes. And it was fine. Then they expanded it to 4. Now they are adding another lane. Which means where there were trees just a few hears ago, there are 50 yards of concrete – for miles and miles.
Has he read the articles that show once healthy rivers that are now mud? Or that California is a desert? He mocked using water to protect a 3 inch fish but am sure he’ll keep the golf courses and private pools filled.
Nearly every day I don’t have client meetings, I take the bus. It means a minimum of 10 blocks of walking (5 blocks each way) and instead of worrying about the road, I stare at my phone, stare out the window, cloes my eyes and think or (best of all) close my eyes and don’t think. So I’m more fit, less stressed and promoting less traffic and less fossil fuels. What is not to like?
Whenn I was in high school, I was bussed across the city as part of the desegregation initiative, which means there were a number of times I took public transportation nearly 2 hours. Those were simple times, and riding the bus today — as a 40-something — takes me back to those times.