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Thursday, November 1, 2012

November Stew

Thoughts for November:

Is Sandy an anomaly (just a freak storm), or is Sandy our new reality? Does the fact that Greenland had no summer ice shield for the first time in recorded history have a bearing on the fact that the storm turned inland instead of out to sea, as is the norm?

We're off for the north country for a needed respite. Heading to Lake Superior to catch a sight of the gales of November off the "big  shining sea". But I expect we'll miss the whitecaps to the horizon reported yesterday.

While the devastation on the East Coast is heart wrenching, the new civility in the political campaign is as refreshing as a dip in aforementioned lake. I trust that New York and New Jersey will bounce back with their usual resilience, assisted by the coordinated help of a a fully funded FEMA and a strong Federal Government. At times like this, it sure is nice to have one.

We will be back in time to vote. I hope everyone does. They always talk about "likely" voters in the polling data. What about the 90 million unlikely voters? What would happen to all the polling data if a majority of them turned out?

Five days to the big election. Let's vote!

Oh, and of course I'm taking my diary and my kindle so I can write and write and write, keep in touch with the online world, and inbibe in some of Marquette's famous micro breweries (seeking the muse), all while enjoying the serenity of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Wish me a safe journey! I'll see you in Five.

5 comments:

Anthony Duce said...

Enjoy your trip. It would be great to see the U. P. this time of year. Before I retired I used to get up there a lot in November and December. It would have been great to see the crashing waves a few days ago.

Al said...

The only weather certainty these days seems to be uncertainty.

Down here in Oz voting is compulsory. It is a case of vote or wear a fine.

Pet said...

Have a safe journey then. I like the bit about the Marquette's micro breweries. Sure it must be a good inspiration source. And yes, in this unstable world of ours, good Governments seem a better solution than no Government. It will not solve everything, who could? but will provide us the comfort of knowing that we are in the struggle together.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Voting compulsory? I Love it

Yvonne Osborne said...

Anthony,
We missed the bulk of the crashing waves but the wind was ferocious. We still got in a walk on the beach(mandatory) and a sauna. Thanks for commenting!

Al,
I like that...the only certainty these days is uncertainty. And, yes, voting should be mandatory like getting a license to drive a car. Thanks.

Pet,
Thank you. It was a great time. Seems every time we visit Marquette, there is a new brewery. This year it was the Ore Dock. Yes, everyone wants govt. assistance when they're in trouble.