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It’s not like we haven’t seen it coming. November that is. But somehow it still seems like a shock to the system.
Maybe it was the long, warm, sunny autumn that lasted well into October that caused one to think, for some reason, that maybe winter wouldn’t come this one time.
But, alas, the cooler weather came, the snow arrived on the hills (a happy sign for some) and it got dark in the morning when we got up, and after today, when we get home from work too.
In fact one could blame the fact that they pushed back the end of Daylight Savings Time until after Halloween and into November for us not being ready for winter.
The past two weeks I’ve been groping through the dark in the morning to get to the bathroom, cursing the guys who said we should extend DST to November to save money on lights in the evening.
Right. Well what about the lights you need in the a.m.? Doesn’t that negate the ones you don’t need in the p.m.?
And if I break my leg going to the bathroom in the a.m. in the dark, I guess I would have more time in the p.m. to read books by daylight while I’m off from work, but I don’t think that’s what they had in mind.
I’m not a rocket scientist but it seems like the tradeoff isn’t totally rational.
But then it’s humans that came up with the plan so it’s bound to have some built-in irony as we attempt to improve on Mother Nature.
Speaking of Mother Nature, it was wild watching hurricane Sandy hit the Eastern Seaboard Monday night.
My kids watched it with me and were convinced the world was ending, well not really because they think it’s ending on Dec. 21 like the Mayan calendar apparently predicts but then how come the Mayans couldn’t predict their own demise, and when I bring up the fact that I guess I don’t have to worry about Christmas presents then this year they back off a little.
Still, it was surreal yet too real, scary but also inspiring with how people dealt with it, and a lesson for all that Mother Nature has little respect for what we like to call civilization.
Closer to home the earthquake at Haida Gwaii also served as a huge wake-up call.
In these days when we think technology and a modern way of life that produces a bunch of stuff puts us in control of our own destiny, well, nope.
We’re at the mercy of the elements whether we like it or not.
We can prepare better than ever, we can predict better than ever and maybe we can even minimize anticipated damage better than ever, but if the conditions that created the earthquake and the hurricane happen again, and they will, we’re scrambling for cover like our ancient ancestors.
Conspiracy theories are born when we can’t handle difficult realities, including our own eventual demise, but more often than not it’s just that stuff happens. And how we deal with it is much more telling than what actually happened to us.
The Big Apple will bounce back and Haida Gwaii likely already has.
And I, like all of us, should get an emergency kit together, because you never know when a disaster, despite any predictions to the contrary, is going to happen.