A Perfect Storm

What was intended as a little break from writing and an opportunity to explore New York City has turned into a big setback. I loved the snow in New York, but I spent so much time out in it that I got worn down. Now I have a nasty cold and I can’t write. To make matters worse, Judy flew down to Florida to visit her mother and she’s having trouble getting a flight back home due to an “historic” storm that is just getting started and is expected to last several days. News about the storm is being buried by the news about Egypt, but it’s supposed to affect over 100 million Americans. This winter, New York has been getting hit by one snowstorm after another, and New Yorkers are weary of it. Snow removal is busting the budgets of a lot of cities on the East Coast and the Midwest.

Judy and I were staying in midtown Manhattan, at Park and 38th, just a few blocks down from Grand Central Station and right in between the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. Walking down the sidewalks, I was constantly overhearing fragments of businessmen’s conversations. The most interesting one by far involved a guy who worked for an insurance company and who was explaining to his friend that his company has been forced to accept that climate change is real and that they are adjusting their business decisions accordingly. Not knowing much about the subject, I’ve been staying away from it. I’ve read two books, both of which I had trouble understanding. I’ve never had much enthusiasm for science. But I stand openly now with those who say that we’ve got a big mess on our hands and that we’re largely, if not entirely, responsible for it. We’ve been unwisely profligate, and it makes perfect sense that we should have to pay a price for it.

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6 Responses to “A Perfect Storm”

  1. Elizabeth Kassly Says:

    Dude…you need to watch a documentary called ‘An Unconveinent Truth’ by Al Gore. I think if he would have been elected President instead of Bush…we would have never been in this mess. Everything he talks about in his 2005 film has happened…down to the glacial melting in Greenland. If you don’t live on a hill somewhere…it’s time to move. Also watch the documentary called ‘Gasland’ by Josh Fox…in it we find how how Bush and Cheney have ‘screwed’ us all…and still are. Global warming and the ice age go hand in hand. You figure it out…if you are as smart as you think you are.

    • markbittner Says:

      I’ve understood why global warming and freezing weather are linked. That hasn’t been difficult for me. I haven’t seen An Inconvenient Truth. There’s not enough time to do everything I’d like to do. I never really doubted global warming is real and that we are causing it. But you have to be standing on solid ground when you get into contentious issues. Otherwise, you risk making a fool of yourself.

  2. Chandani Diaz Says:

    Can someone there lend you something better to read? Have some warm tea with lemon for your cold. We live in Upstate NY which is used to these storms….we have all the plows, snowblowers, shovels and know what to prepare for….but NYC is not well-equipped for such heavy snow and storms. Moreover, they just laid off many city employees so there are few employees TO PLOW (if they can find one). Be ready for power outages too (hope you have a torch with batteries). Get a gallon of water, just in case, and stock up on foods or snacks that do not require cooking. I don’t want to be pessimistic, but it could last a while (especially as NYC is ill-equipped to handle such storms). Hope the airports reopen so Judy can fly back safely. Keep safe.

    • markbittner Says:

      I’m already back in San Francisco. I wrote the post from here. I’ve plenty to read. I’m just waiting for Judy.

  3. Chandani Diaz Says:

    Sorry, we misread; my family and I thought you were still “stuck” in NYC and were concerned for your well-being. May Judy come home soon (meanwhile – trust me, tea with lemon!!!). As for global warming we are shocked at the amount of people who simply refuse to believe in this. I think if they labeled it “climate change” more people would accept because there are idiots who will point to the snowstorm and say “it’s NOT WARMING, it’s getting colder!!!” Sadly, on this coldest of cold days in Upstate NY someone left a dying “marmoset” on our porch today…..I have no idea where the poor creature came from or why we were so “chosen” of all the porches. Came home from work, saw this miniature creature (barely finger size) panting (yet breathing) on our door-step, saw FOOTPRINTS in snow, so I know someone was here. Took the poor little baby inside, wrapped it in a cozy blanket, but the poor little creature died within minutes, and I didn’t even have a chance to look up marmosets/eating/illness, etc. on Internet. Two years ago we tried to save a cuotimundi whose paws were frozen (it was thrown out in the cold and snow….these mammals come from tropical places)…..it also didn’t survive (and the creature was DUMPED on our porch – again, we don’t know why). Of all the CREATURES in this world, we think that MAN is the most curious of all because it continues to want to dominate, control and regulate all the other species.

  4. Karen Says:

    I just read that Texans are having to endure energy blackouts due, I presume, to bad weather. As a Californian who lived through the brownouts caused by the Texas-based company, ENRON, and George Bush who refused to help California deal with ENRON, I have to admit that I’m not all that sympathetic to them.

    I got into a discussion with a young guy at a bus stop last year about global warming/climate change. He said it was a hoax. I told him he should go visit Glacier National Park — while there were still some glaciers in the park to see. That ended the conversation.

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