Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hung Over

The threat of a cold front hangs over the Keys, which is a bit of a joke when the northern half of the entire country is being snowed under this week...However the possibility of rain under cloudy skies and a chance that night time lows today might reach 63 degrees requires some thought. We got sprinkled on yesterday morning as Cheyenne and I admired the ultra low tide at the Ramrod Key pool.

The moon was full when we arrived in the dark but clouds were busy flying across the sky covering the light source and plunging us into darkness. The moon affects the tides to maximum effect when the moon is full or new, roughly (spring tides) and the full moon here drained the bath water from the pool.

I find my life defined by my endless amounts of overtime, my work preparing the podcasts, sleep and lines of traffic clogging the highway. Winter is in full swing yet Key West seems to have priced itself out of the youth market, the winter visitors, lots of them, are older, wealthier as they need to be, and less inclined to be rowdy.

Winter weather in South a Florida has hot weird and I am not the only one to notice. True cold fronts no longer seen to occur, and I can't remember the last time a true cold snap produced 50 daytime degrees. Rain seems year round now, lighter and less frequent in winter but we now get random unpredictable showers in winter where previously rain fell only before the arrival of a cold north wind. Now winter is humid and wet, similar to summer only less so.

I am not sure how I feel about these changes. I don't like the cold but some winter chill seems right and proper. The issue of how much our leaders ignore climate change and pretend it isn't there gets progressively more interesting as the effects become less and less deniable. If I had children I'd be getting worried and vocal.

As it is I have a dog and she reminds me that the here and now is what matters most. It's not raining right now so a walk is possible and the hunt for interesting smells is possible.

Perhaps my judgement is impaired, perhaps I spend too much time at work but sometimes it feels like the whole world is hung over.

Everywhere the trash cans are full, the New Year's celebrations are a memory, represented by empty bottles and cans, bulging plastic bags and a scene something like this:

Cheap gas, another sign of what..? Demand destruction, geo political chess games or some other strange need of the powerful which will only become clear later when the dust has settled and prices go back up to normal peak production levels. Still it's good to be alive in the Keys, even if the planet really should stop over indulging.


Trobairitz said...

With as much as climate seems to be changing all over it seems baffling that people/politicians can still deny it.

It makes me wonder if they had of started off calling it Climate Change instead of Global Warming, it would have been more readily accepted as fact.

Richard Jordan said...

I wanted to thank you for your blog. I love the photo's and the info to go with them. I've enjoyed KW many time with the Navy since the late 90's and thinking of taking a job with Sikorsky on Boca. I'm not a fan of the chill here in VA Beach this week. LOL

George Collins said...

Actually, we were in Key West a few Decembers ago when a cold snap passed through and temperatures dropped to record lows 40F at night and only a few degrees warmer during the day. Delta had conveniently lost our luggage so we had to spend hundreds of dollars outfitting ourselves with overpriced kitschy crap until the cold lifted and our luggage finally arrived. We would've been better off staying in Prague that week!

Conchscooter said...

Trobaritz: yes. I'm sure that would have helped people to understand the changes more easily. But business is afraid of change and their money stops politicians from understanding something that their lobbyist overlords don't want them to deal with. It will get interesting.

George: I remember that cold snap well. Since then it's been almost always hotter than usual.

Richard: winters make it all worthwhile on the bad days. On the good's worthwhile anyway. Boca Chica is a short motorcycle ride from key west...