Happy Saturday morning:

a bit of an aging reflection:

“Middle age is when a guy keeps turning off lights for economical rather than romantic reasons” ~ Lillian Gordy Carter

Since 70 (yes that is THE Seventy) has become the new Thirty-Five we are now talking of entering Middle Age when crossing that time mark; and that was grandly celebrated a wee bit belatedly earlier this weekend by Marcia and her sibs.

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With a little slip-sliding through the well hyped-up Winter Storm Titan they rolled in to town and many warm memories were created. I can assure you that indeed the memories were created as I sit here mulling on the week while sipping my morning coffee.

Surprise! – Marcia was well aware that we’d have visitors this past week as sis Jeanne and hubby David made the stop-over on their way home from a stay in Florida (yes, they’ve become snowbirds). She was oblivious that there was more to that story.

The timing was perfect and within minutes of each other Marlene and Donn also rolled into town and Marcia experienced a true ‘eye-popping’ moment. Without boring with details, let me just say that it’s amazing how much can be packed into a mere twenty hours. IMG_3969 (1024x768)

Oh, by the way, the meal we enjoyed at the Wine Guy Bistro was a culinary masterpiece. Just ask David to describe his Meatloaf plate. And, breakfast at our local morning place; Sugar and Spice, and it’s ‘Forties throwback setting was the perfect sendoff place to get everyone back on the road home.

To celebrate their visit, while giving goodbye hugs, the sun broke out and its been shining since.

A Greenpeace moment – This week the Greenpeace group needed to up their media time when they broke into the Procter & Gamble world headquarters here in town. There a team of Greenpeace burglars broke out windows to fly some large banners condemning the use of Palm Oil. Their argument being that the sourcing of the stuff is depleting the rain forest in south Asia. The fact that P&G has been working on a solution, has a plan in place, and that in the interim has prevented further problems meant little to this group.

It reminded me of a luncheon I had a few years ago while in Vancouver. The speaker was Dr. Patrick Moore. Who is Patrick Moore? He co-founded the environmental activist group Greenpeace as a PhD student in ecology in 1971. Fifteen years later he resigned his position with the group when he realized that they’d become more interested in “politics” than science. His talk was mind-blowing to me.

This week the “politics” of this bunch was really quite evident.

Politics and Science on the Animal Planet– My renewed interest after the P&G news hit had me delve a bit further. The first thing I did is check on what Dr. Moore had been up to. Well, it turns out that he testified before a US Senate Committee just this past month. Heard anything about this expert’s testimony? No, I suspect not. Especially since his testimony does not fit the current progressive agenda;

“There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years,” he told a US Senate Committee “If there were such a proof, it would be written down for all to see. No actual proof, as it is understood in science, exists.”

He argued that;

“the increase in atmospheric temperature on the earth’s surface goes back the Ice Age when C02 was “10 times higher than today, yet life flourished” at this time. There is little correlation to support a direct causal relationship between CO2 emissions and rising global temperatures.”

Why use the word “agenda”? Here’s why; were you aware that ABC and CBS have not aired views of any ‘skeptical’ Global-Warming-by-man-made-causes scientists for a whopping 1300 days – despite thousands of peer-reviewed articles and thousands of scientists working on that subject. In the meantime ‘alarmists’ on the subject gain ready access and air time. All others have been consistently described as “out of the mainstream” or supported by “coal and oil.” (NBC is somewhat better when about 300 days ago they had Dr. Jay Lehr of Heartland Institute on the “Today” show – where he criticized the supposed link between Carbon Dioxide and global temperatures.)

In this manner the myth for a scientific consensus for cataclysmic, man-made climate change is promulgated, of that I am firmly convinced.

In the meantime we keep looking at snapshots of our lake where day after day, week after week, the temperature drops below -20 degrees C and the snow and ice are multiple feet thick.

Fini – This evening its Dinah’s birthday party – a costume event. Marcia and I have our costumes at the ready. Marcia will be a hit. All those over the age of twenty will enjoy mine – all others will just think it weird.

Please keep the families of the many victims of the downed Malaysian airliner in your thoughts as they struggle with their loss.

Make it a great week everyone, stay safe.
Cheers.
Dirk

From the Archives
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Morning all:

This morning I tumbled down the stairs playing a game of “I can make it to the kitchen without turning on a light”, and won. I then turned on the lights, only to stare into the eyes of two very upset cats. Well, they were either upset scared like, or quite angry, and I know that for a fact since I just finished reading Marley and Me and am now able to commune with all types of critters. The reason they are upset (actually maybe they’re panicked) is because we ran out of cat food. After I post this I’ll make a run to the store. In the meantime I have discovered that cats do not do soy milk, not even some laced with fresh morning coffee.

I am dreading the ‘shank’ of this day. To get ready I did extra ‘duty’ at the wine tasting event we went to last night—always be prepared is my motto. Marcia is on a mission! Over the past two weeks she has stealthily gone about on various grocery buying expeditions (sprees): Sam’s Club, Krogers, Biggs, Trader Joe’s, Meijers, just to name a few. By my latest count I believe she has spent about $895 on a wide array of food stuffs. Open the large freezer door and you’ll stare into a solid and hard frozen wall of brightly colored boxes and foil bags. Open the refrigerator side and you’d be hard pressed to get a small yogurt container to fit. Open the pantry—same.

At the same time she started preparing a list. A list would have been no problem, but it has grown into a 45-page booklet detailing menu preparation, cooking tips, balanced meal how-to’s, kitchen cleaning guide, as well as a cryptic note about NOT doing peanut butter sandwiches morning noon and night. All this is because, on Tuesday, she starts her three-week journey into the heart of Tonga. So why am I dreading the ‘shank’ of this day? I am dreading the inevitable sit-down with madam so that she can preview the 45-page booklet while I appear attentive and during which she will also try to extract ‘house cleanliness’ promises from me.

For those keeping track, yes Marcia is still packed. Not only that, but the piano top is arrayed with an array of wigs, beads, Elton John style eyeglasses, and other various items as tonight she will take on the persona of Fi Fi Rosenbaum. My Larry Lens character I am still in the process of evolving—translate that into “I don’t have my costume yet.” It’s yet another thing I have to do today before we head for our Murder Mystery Dinner later this evening.

Last week I mentioned that Kirstin, Vince, and Derek went on a Disney cruise. All reports have it that they had a great time. Young 3-year old Derek, at one point turned to his Dad and said “I am so happy.” Does it get any better than that?

“No Shang, it’s OK, you don’t have to share your food with them. We’ll go walk shortly.” See how good I am with this animal communing thing. And, one last time, for those of you who can’t get enough of keeping track, yes, Marcia is still packed—3 days and counting.

Make it a great week everyone.
Cheers,
Dirk

3/11/2006 06:29:00 AM

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