Today: sucky, crappy day. Mark it: August 31, 2005.
Granted, my problems pale in comparison to someone who, say, watched their house get washed away by the rising waters of the encroaching Mississippi River after a visit by Katrina And The Waves. But in my world, it was still all very upsetting. Nothing interesting enough to bore you with the details, however.
One thing that can make things a little brighter: my editor-friend left her publishing-company job. I have spent the past
thirty one years of my life several months working on a book and I am ready to move on with it. Anyone know a good editor who can help? My book is funny. And if you are an editor reading my weblog right now, welcome. I usually have better stories, don't judge me on this blog today.
I also need someone to convince the staff of Magnolia Bakery in New York City to remain open during Labor Day, since that is the day I will be there. Methinks me needeth the vanilla cupcakes adorned with pastel icing. Yummeth.
Speaking of New York: if you have ever been to the big city, you may have noticed a large area of "wetlands" along the Hudson River, which look like really ugly swamp filled with weeds. Why are they there? Those swamps keep the city and the surrounding towns from flooding. When water washes in from a storm or something, swamps catch it, and the mud on the bottom of the swamp moves around and creates little natural dams. It's pretty cool. And yes it's ugly, but isn't the city as a whole prettier when it's not under 10 feet of mud? Whoever planned New York City was very, very smart for leaving those swamps there. Rock On New York.
Then go to New Orleans sometime, when the water recedes. Take a trip to a nearby swamp; they're a reasonably-short drive away. And then think about the fact that those swamps used to be all around New Orleans, but they were drained because they are ugly, and someone wanted to build suburbs and mini-malls. Those swamps would not have stopped the flooding; Katrina broke a wall holding back the river, and the Waves would have washed in no matter what. But the swamps would have softened the blow a LOT.
Another example: For years houses in Los Angeles have been sliding off the hills, due to runoff of water and the erosion of the soil on the ground. Why? Because there's nowhere for the water to soak in, with all the development, and the water washes everything away.
Here is a picture of a house in LA that fell off a hill. Notice it is in the middle of the street. Seriously, this happens all the time; I looked this up in 30 seconds and had a zillion pictures to choose from. Major roads are often blocked off because there is a house in the middle of the pavement. And you have to drive around it.
And those wildfires in LA you hear so much about? They happen every year because they are a natural part of the ecosystem. Those plants have flammable chemicals in their juices, and they need to burn to germinate again. It's like building a trailer park in Kansas and then freaking out when a tornado sweeps it away, or putting wedding dresses on sale at the Barney's Co-Op and being horrified when Bridezillas pummel each other for them. These are the forces of nature.
Please, encourage your local politicans to support environmental preservation in your hometown. This is not "save the whales" hippie stuff. This is just common sense. Although I think we should save the whales, too. But that's a different topic for a different time.
Have a good day. There will be a quiz tomorrow, so read chapters 1-3 in your textbooks. Just kidding. Hugs.