I'm working on editing a great interview for the site, but I'm not working fast enough. The demands of a daily blog really do get insistent sometimes. If I haven't put up a post in 24 hours it feels like there's a screaming in my head.
In the meantime, well, we can always talk about the weather:
• "In the Northern Hemisphere winter officially ended at 1:14 a.m. ET on Tuesday, March 20, 2012—the vernal equinox, or spring equinox—making today the first day of spring." (National Geographic). Maybe, but here in Wisconsin the weather's been doing a pretty good impression of summer for a week. Right now, it's warmer here than it is in Phoenix.
• It's recently begun to dawn on me that if the very worst happens, and global warming does us in, we're going to go down really enjoying the weather. The weatherpeople on the TV are just over the moon about how "great" this weather is. They can't get over it.
• I'm a Chicken Little about global warming. But I do realize that apocalypic fears have been common among humans in every era. So maybe climate change is just my own fear of the Four Horsemen, updated.
• The TV weatherman, this morning: "If you're worried about that rain on the radar in the western part of the state, don't be. It's not going to get to us." How come, on TV, rain is always bad?
• Realistically, I don't know what's happening to the climate now, and I certainly don't know what's going to happen in the future. But is it wise for us to do absolutely nothing about climate change? Shouldn't we at least set somebody to work on the problem, just in case?
• The reason we're not doing anything might be simple realism. If we knew for sure that we were driving ourselves to death, could we stop?
• 77°F is—or was—the record high here in Milwaukee for the first day of spring. Right now it's 81°F.
• It's probably nothing. I should probably just move to Phoenix, where it's cooler.
And hey, it is beautiful.
And now, back to work.
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