Cabin fever, meteor’s and beer.
Today though the sun is blinding in it’s intensity it emits no heat, and as if to prove this the temperature at noon was -6. Now with over 8 hours of sunlight I am sure for normal Alaskans it is the wrong time of year for ‘cabin fever’, however for some reason I can feel the earth sliding beneath my boots as I sink into it’s dark embrace. The saying SSDD is now, for me, written in capital letters. My daily routine of household chores, visiting neighbors, ham radio, writing for the blog and evenings of DVD’s has become… well empty.
It started when I was on the radio and I realized that I didn’t care if I made any contacts and became more obvious when I perceived the futility of my writing about situations that haven’t changed over the course of months and years. Also the once enjoyable pursuit of listening to the various talk shows has become a painful repetition of admonishment, with one side blaming the other. When thrown into that mix a personal lifestyle that is becoming less attainable, the result is my own personal form of cabin fever.
The desire to write is still there, it is only the will to write that has been darkened. Even now though going out of my way not to listen to the news from around the world some news filters through and like an itch that must be scratched, in my mind I composes a response. I guess one should not loose hope, if it were so our founding fathers would have continued to pay taxes to Britain and our national anthem would be ‘God save the Queen’. Though not quite ready to address the upsetting news of the day, maybe a brief foray into a couple lighter events may be in order.
For instance did anyone beside myself find it odd that within 24 hours of asteroid212 DA14 passing within 17,200 miles of earth we have a “meteor” slamming into our atmosphere and causing over a thousand causalities in Russia. Or the fact that a there were sightings over California, Florida and other US cities of meteor’s burning up as they passed the earth? The conspiracy buffs are going crazy over this saying the meteor in Russia was actually some kind of aircraft shot down by the Russian military. Others including myself are thinking that our government knew that there were companion rocks with asteroid 212 DA14 and that they knew they would fall to earth, but our government did not want to create any panic so it decided not to inform the general public.
Another item that I read about a couple weeks ago that caught my attention may make beer drinkers around the world feel better. The Alaskan Brewing Co in Juneau, Alaska is going ‘green’. It seems that they were motivated by the high cost of electricity in Alaska and devised a new approach to generating their own electricity, not by solar or wind power but by beer power. Apparently the thousands of pounds of waste produced in brewing the beer can be used in boilers to create electricity. I wonder if I can use the waste from the bear I brew in my bathtub to charge my batteries???
Yes I know it’s not my usual biting criticism and for the most part the stories do not involve life changing events but hey it’s the beginning of a climb out of the darkness of this years ‘cabin fever’. And you should know that the comments you have posted have made me realize that the simple words of friends has lifted the spirits of this old man. So for my mental well being and your entertainment I have started once again to listen to the numerous talk shows. So I can assure you it will not be long before I am once again banging my head against the symbolic wall that is our government in Washington.
Until then I will open the curtains, let in more sunlight and ponder this our universe, looking for those symbolic rocks that need to be turned over and examined more closely in the light of day.