Winter comes early to the Great Land, but not all at once. Last Saturday we woke to snow, and then later that day the accumulation melted in 50-degree temperatures. Now, last night, it started a mixture of snow and rain here, and farther up the Valley north of Talkeetna they are projected to get 6-12 inches of white stuff today and tonight. It’s October, and when snow comes now it’s here to stay.
Winters are long and cold here, something we knew going in, of course. But there’s a really neat feeling of being proof against the cold and snow. We have a well-insulated house, a big fuel oil tank, plenty of firewood, and lots of heavy comforters on the bed.
Humans are a pretty amazing species. Biologically we’re still pretty much a tropical savannah ape, adapted to hot, dry climates. But, because of our brains, we can and do live in every climate on the planet, and not just with our modern technology – any member of the Inuit tribes up here can tell you that. Humans are a pretty capable bunch, for the most part.
Well. Most of us are.
On To the Links!
Best wishes to Governor DeSantis and his wife Casey. I was glad to see the gracious statement by the Miami-Dade Democrats; this kind of thing should transcend politics, and the Miami-Dade folks showed a little class.
Have we ever had a less competent President? I have to say no. Somewhere the ghost of Andrew Johnson is breathing a sigh of relief.
We can’t tax and spend our way to recovery. And yet pols keep trying it.
This Week’s Idiots:
This Week’s Cultural Edification:
One of the great rock & roll events history was the swan song of The Band, immortalized by Martin Scorsese in the 1978 film The Last Waltz. The Band was an amazing assemblage of talent, and the film mentioned had a lot of guest talent playing along with Band members Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm.
Here is one of my favorite clips from that show: This is Levon Helm on vocals with the song Up On Cripple Creek. Enjoy.