I was working on a post about tolerance, same-sex marriage, homophobes, racists, etc., but suddenly I realized that I really didn’t feel like being deeply and seriously introspective today, so I decided to do a short, hopefully humorous piece instead. I like a good chuckle sometimes … it kind of clears out the cobwebs that build up around my brain. So, I have decided to write a single paragraph about five (5) random thoughts on this day. But “Oh wait”, you say … “aren’t ALL of your thoughts random?” Yeah, pretty much. But these are a lighter (as in less hefty) variety of random.
• On weather: I have heard from at least five people that this coming winter will be horrible, cold, snowy, icy, and I’ve even heard the word “catastrophic” used in conjunction with the upcoming winter. Where are these people getting this? From the forecasters and the Old Farmer’s Almanac. My first observation: aren’t these the same forecasters who, approximately six months ago, projected a terribly HOT summer with record-breaking highs? In July, which is typically the hottest month of the year here in the Midwest, with temps in the 90’s much of the month, we had only two days that actually made it to 90 degrees, and most days were in the mid 70’s to lower 80’s. Actually, most of July felt rather fall-like and generally quite comfortable. So, these are the forecasters who everybody is placing their trust and faith in as they stock up on salt, shovels and de-icer. Which reminds me … I need to hurry and buy a new shovel before they are all gone, since one of my kind neighbors pilfered mine this spring. At least they waited until after we had seen our last snow to steal my shovel. The same shovel, I might add, that I generously lent to every neighbor on the street at one time or another. But I’m not bitter … I’m not angry … I am just shaking my head and hoping they enjoy using my shovel. And as for those who are basing their predictions of gloom and doom on the Old Farmer’s Almanac … time to come on up out of the rabbit hole, peeps … I hate to be the one to break this to you, but the Old Farmer died long ago!!! The Old Farmer’s Almanac was first published in 1792. Remember who was president then? Yes, good ol’ George Washington. According to an article in Modern Farmer, “ … “Old Farmer’s Almanac”, which started in 1793, publish annual weather predictions based on their own unique (and entirely secret) forecasting formulas.” And just more brief comment on weather … Mother Nature has over-watered my flowers, parsley and onions and now they are all in varying stages of dead. Thanks, Mother N.
• On football: Please make it go away … SOON.
• On climate change: I am currently, as part of my interest in international relations, taking a course in Climate Change. One of the things they keep focusing on is trying to figure out how much methane is emitted, per animal, by grass-consuming animals such as sheep and cows. The part I loved was that they briefly noted that humans also emit CO2 in the process of breathing, but that they (climate-change scientists) have decided, at least for the time being, to leave that one alone, as the cost of trying to get humans to forgo that activity is just too high. WHEW … I was getting worried there …
• On procrastination: It takes me precisely three (3) minutes to change the furnace filter, so why do I procrastinate for a full month before actually getting around to it?
• On laundry: How in the heck does a family of three (3) people manage to dirty 13-15 loads of laundry EVERY week???
Okay … there were five random thoughts that are not political, contentious or controversial. If you want to know how hard this was, I started it on Tuesday and it has taken me until Thursday to come up with five such statements. (I’m not entirely sure the first one even qualifies as completely non-contentious, but it was intended to be humorous.) I think this says that my mind is not wired for random, non-controversial thought and that I would be better off to stick with my usual argumentative, opinionated random chatter. So, with that said, upcoming are posts on ISIS, the aforementioned same-sex marriage issue, Kim Jung Un, forgiveness, and whatever else pops into my cob-webby mind. Stay tuned, and until then ….
Cognito Ergo Sum