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May 18, 2022 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Not bye-ing that

Girl and cows. (Actress Alice Calhoun, 1900, LoC/ USPD. pub.date, artist life/released CR/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Ready to have a cow? How about a banana? Only the quick survive. (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Going fleet and sweet. (Or is that the sound of feet and sweat?)

While the band played boastfully, and the cheerleaders fluffed and tossed with great enthusiasm, they strode past like seasoned NBA championship ring owners, the celebrated boys high school track team headed to state. Followed quickly by the equally talented girls who were acknowledged by all, far and wide, as the best of the best, girls’ relay team.

It was actually nice to see the TV stations worshiping giving them the attention these kids really deserve. They’ve worked hard to get to this level.

Naturally a few interviewers scrambled along to chat briefly before the bus was fully loaded. One of the girls’ relay team leaders – the one who anchors that important final leg – briefly paused. ” Last year, we went and I had hoped to make a name for myself. I am really determined this time. This year, as a senior, I want to make my mark and leave my legacy at this school.

Uh, OK, go, team. Ra-ra team spirit and school honor. Go. Please. Just go.

And the band played on. (and hopefully, they all get scholarships…even the first, second and third runners also swift of foot.) Waving them.

No doubt you’ve been noticing the supposed roasting of the temperature around here. Flee! It’s a heat wave…or not…depending on your supported narrative. 

Honestly, this is the semi-tropics. Hot is us. (We never invite people we like to visit from mid May until after Halloween.)

ERCOT, who is in charge of the electric grid here, has been looking stern and issuing dire warnings for over a week about possible brownouts if the public doesn’t be good little children and behave follow recommendations which are:

  • Up – Geeze, I that direction word misused so often…ignorant  Raise (an actual verb indicating action) AC thermostats to 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Don’t use the dishwasher, washing machines, or dryers between 8 am and 8 pm.
  • OR ELSE (Some trusting people actually signed on to let the power companies control their thermostat…or have Wifi/smart connections others can access…Surprise!)

How odd.

  • It’s May. Night temps have been a lovely cool-for-us lower 70’s at night. Day temps, in the 90’s – while hot – are just a degree or 1/2 a degree warmer than average temps. Even the “breaking records!!!!” that they are yelling about are only 1 to 1/2 degrees warmer than you would expect. Heat wave? If we get a string of 100+F temps, then we’ll talk, but these past weeks? Just Spring and early Summer to those natives who have endured adapted to this area.
  • Let’s not get hysterical and hyper over normal…unless you are into political campaign stuff
Vintage kitchen with people working on stove. ( 1922 film still. USPD. artist life, pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

“Sorry Grandma. Dinner will be late. We’re trying to figure out figure out how to retro fit an electric stove into a wood burner. Meanwhile, how about a banana?” (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Rather humorous – or weird – is what wasn’t on the consumer No-NO list. Consider:

  • Is the City of Fort Worth going to be asked to shut down their Bitcoin mining pilot project ? I understand that uses lots of electricity.

(An aside: An employee of Galveston ISD got caught running a cryptocurrency mining operation on multiple school campuses after hours. Clever if you can pull it off…you knew they were going to catch him, right? They can spot unusual energy use in odd locations…like they did with Grow Houses…but I digress…)

  • Of course, there was no mention of the darlings of the administration: electric vehicles – and there are a ton of those around here – all sizes, shapes and colors. Oh, no. No touchie thoseies. Don’t even want to raise the specter of electric cars need to feed on electricity for speed and go-eee.

 (Yet another aside. Considering the cost of electric vehicles and the environmental cost to make them and their harmful-to-the-earth batteries from the mineral mining process…. how do you feel about having to immediately open a savings account after purchasing the car in order to afford replacing the Tesla Model 3 car battery pack after 5-6 years at a cost of around $16,000.00? See, all those dollars saved on gas and gas taxes (which pay for road/highway maintenance) will come in handy! But once again. Apologies for digressing…)

  • What about turning off giant gobblers of electricity in homes: computers and TV sets? (Wait, the kids will become absolutely horrid and, then the beleaguered parents – well, who knows what might happen. So, no. Pass on those. Besides the Major League Baseball, the NBA, Nascar, even Horse racing all have lobbies – and fans to be considered, right? Gotta keep their advertisers happy, too. )
  • What about all the stuff people plan to do on the weekends? Electric lawn mowers? (All the conscientious have gotten away from those messy and eco-unfriendly gas powered mowers, right?)  Batteries charging for critical leaf blowers and home project tools?

(Still another aside: Why is it only about the weekends? You’d think with all the big buildings full of people chillin’ under lights while working on computers, microwaving their lunches, riding elevators…..)

Fuzzy haired couple. 1921 film still, Rainbow. (USPD. pub.date, artist life/Commons.wikimedia.org)

“Don’t fret, dahlin’. We’ll find some way to survive. Creme rinse can do a lot with hair management.(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Interesting enough, heard this morning that ERCOT seems to think the energy producers will manage this summer Ok – even with the increase demand. (Source)

Fruit cake. And bananas. (Is the wolf at the door?)

That’s all I can power up to say at this point.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Speaking of bananas. This makes me smile.

(Watch on YouTube. Lyrics also here. Article on Mashable.)

Grandma! Wolf! Bananas!

 

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  1. Ally Bean / May 18 2022 7:01 am

    “Honestly, this is the semi-tropics. Hot is us.” Great line. Aren’t brownouts part of your lifestyle? That’s been my impression of ye ‘ole Texas.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 18 2022 7:32 am

      Until very, very recently, brownouts were something that happened elsewhere – part of why it’s so annoying – and suspicious. Especially with all the acres and acres and acres of “new” efficient energy sources. Population increase, more electronic devices and electric cars ( which don’t do well in this climate as the heat/need for vehicle AC/ and long distances even for daily commutes that eat car batteries like cotton candy) yes, but still…far too odd. Part of it is greed vs necessity for keeping equipment maintained properly on the part of plant owners…and a dash of politics. Really hard on those who did not grow up without AC in the area – and don’t know how to adjust life for the climate…there is some smarts to how buildings were constructed, dress codes, and activities varied with the seasons. I think kids read more books – not only because they were required by schools during the summer – but because the pools were closed 12-2 each day…we were all wrinkled by the end of the day HAHA
      Thanks for sitting’ under this sun umbrella to chat

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  2. Kate Crimmins / May 18 2022 11:37 am

    Hmmm…just this past Sunday I took the flannel bedding off and put the summery knit sheets on the bed. Still have 2 blankets but I switched out to the “summery” blankets. It’s a lovely 69 degrees at 1:36p.m. right now. Good to know that electric cars aren’t good for hotter areas. Step-daughter has one in Denver. She loves it and it works for her but it’s Denver.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 19 2022 5:18 pm

      Denver is cool! ( in multiple ways.)
      I always wonder, as quiet as electric cars are, will there be more wrecks with unsuspecting wildlife? Will the NPS eventually either make electric cars have some sort of noisemaker to warn animals or ban electric cars ( and make everyone ride buses around the parks)
      There’s always something!
      Thanks for blanketing this post

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  3. SusanR / May 18 2022 11:43 am

    The mountains are always here …

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  4. disperser / May 18 2022 6:07 pm

    Never mind the electronics (most of which use little electricity) . . . what about kids? When are people going to stop having kids?

    No matter how much we manage to conserve, it’s instantly offset by brand new drains on society.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 19 2022 5:14 pm

      Gosh darn. It’s all a bit amusing to me. Don’t you remember back in the 60’s/70’s all ranting about “how can you bring a kid into this world when everything is such a mess” (there’s some irony) and the zero population growth movement (even promoted by Sierra Club…who also warned about unchecked immigration would destroy the national parks – basically the environment and country). People swearing they wouldn’t have children. (and some questioned “Well, if all the smart/educated/concerned about the environment people do that, who will end up running the country…maybe that’s the explanation HAHA)
      As you said, it seems like a losing battle…but couldn’t people at least pick up the litter? What happen to picking up litter? Oh, yeah, that could mean kitties and puppies, too I guess. Friends are good.
      Thanks for plugging in a fun comment

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    • disperser / May 19 2022 8:58 pm

      Part of our decision not to have kids was the way humans behave (but a bigger part was not wanting the responsibility).

      But, it’s not just population growth problems because of numbers . . . it’s a quality of life thing. Think of it in terms of 100 cows. They can get the same food in a field as they can in a feedlot . . . but it can be argued one is better than the other.

      Of course, if the cows have only ever known the feedlot, they have no sense of of ‘better’ . . . now think of a city in the 60s or 70s . . . New York, for example. Since then, its population grew by about 11% . . . it doesn’t sound bad, right? It’s 900,000 people (less than died from COVID).

      In that same time period, the US population grew by 125 million (or roughly 60%).

      Certainly, a rich country like the US can absorb that number and more . . . but how happy are people with opportunities today versus 50 years ago? How about the ability/opportunity of people to buy homes or land? How much does it cost to have kids these days (presuming you want to take care of them)?

      But, it’s not just the number of people . . . with growth, comes complexity. You need more and more sophisticated systems to support an increasing number of people. But the problem with complex systems is that they are more prone to failure . . . precisely because they are complex and intertwined. (look at water out west)

      One little disruption can cause a snowballing series of disruptions. Having one company producing all of one type of product is more efficient; indeed, it’s often the only way to meet demand . . . until something causes that company to shut down for a bit.

      Just-in-time delivery of goods is the only way you can supply food to a big city (you can’t keep it in storage, and in fact, you don’t have the space to store it all for when it’s needed).

      But, what happens when something disrupts the supply chain? Heck, a huge snowstorm can result in empty store shelves in just a few days. And, it’s not just local. It’s global.

      People don’t read history. Don’t read why civilizations fail, don’t read how competition and self-interest play a part in those failures. It doesn’t mean we’ll be wiped out . . . but it also doesn’t look like it will be much fun going forward.

      Or, maybe a couple of billion more people will make life better for everyone . . . because we’ll be used to the litter (some say we already are).

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      • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 22 2022 2:21 pm

        You aren’t the only one with this line of thought.
        As you say, we may be seeing all that come home to roost.
        Parallels with previous civilizations.
        Complicated systems just fail – not human centric anyway, exist mainly to continue the structure/organization, not the individuals it is suppose to serve.
        Anything that lives, destroys to do so – even plants. But at least plants are honest about what they are.
        Any attempt to point out the obvious is useless. Reality isn’t going to be pretty.
        Just looking for a bit of land and dark sky meanwhile.
        Write until writ done

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  5. Anne Mehrling / May 18 2022 7:05 pm

    I enjoyed this post and will remember it until my brain is fried. I have a relative who speaks of brain function going way down as the temperature rises to 90 and above. Good luck to us all!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 19 2022 5:22 pm

      I think that a may be right – one ancient relative here used to say “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in this heat.”
      I do know not to mess with a hot dog in the summer who doesn’t want a bath – they get really cranky and snarly. Thanks for adding a cool comment

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  6. sustainabilitea / May 18 2022 8:49 pm

    One former president wanted to make electricity expensive so that people wouldn’t use as much. Never did understand how that would actually work. Methinks we’d just all pay more. Some people evidently don’t understand that there are costs to everything, pros and cons (and there seem to be lots of cons out there these days!!) Maybe all the Hollywood people, Al Gore, and other politicians could all cut back on their electrical usage and sweat a bit more like the rest of us (I’m talking about you, B. Streisand!!) Or alternatively, we could figure out a way to harness all the hot air they produce and harness it for energy. Hey, maybe that’s causing global warming. As for heat, here in our part of Arizona, summer has already started and will run until at least September Sigh. I hate it when it’s too hot at dawn (5:30 am or earlier) to even open the windows.

    janet

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  7. easyweimaraner / May 19 2022 12:28 am

    it is a great topic here… and all people are angry… but elected the one who comes up with more of this bs… oh wait, I forgot… no one voted for him according to poll numbers ;O))))

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 19 2022 5:54 pm

      It’s whacky world-go-round…and we want off!
      (like I am going to go around with dirty clothes while it’s OK for Ken and Kendra Millennial to charge their electric car for trips to the mall….) Paws up barking loudly until they go away – no sit no stay!

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  8. shoreacres / May 19 2022 5:45 am

    There are some who argue that the current administration is attempting to make us all move to electric cars by making gas and diesel unaffordable. I don’t think that’s entirely true, but there’s clearly some truth to it, or they wouldn’t be promulgating the energy policies they seem to favor. What they don’t understand, as they drive around in their $40K cars, is that a large percentage of the population can’t afford even a used car of any sort, let alone an electric vehicle. While they spout off about various divides in society — racial and otherwise — they’re busily creating a terrible class divide. May they roast in Texas-style temperatures for it, sans AC and sweet tea.

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