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[Aug. 10th, 2014|07:31 am]
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This morning's dream ended with a rocky beach shore landscape, with the tide far out, and instead of fascinating tide pools, there was junk junk and more junk. Earlier in the dream the landscape was very cold, a village of some sort, with horses in a corner lot and a handful of us standing at that corner, when a white colt jumped cleanly over the fence and went running about in the joy of being young and coordinated. A great deal more in the dreams: a code written in playing cards? But little beyond impressions left. Foreign coinage. Something about the arctic. Hotels. Public transportation on carts or backs of trucks.


I was reminded yesterday of my intent to journal in response to queries (mucking through my inbox), so this morning i have "rolled" for "Do I let people in power (politicians, large companies, influential organizations) know of my concerns? Do I follow that up with action such as voting, shopping or donating differently?" This comes from a list a queries a friend wrote up for allies.

Christine has lead us in one direction: due to the seal hunts we boycott Canadian fish. I don't write letters as much as i would like, though. I'm happy to say that yesterday i spent some time reading an environmental impact statement and wrote the City of Cupertino of my concerns about how they were progressing with project approval. I think the alert email i received was a little too ... overwrought, but it is a sensitive and critical habitat.

So, other than a few choice points of evidence, the answer is no. I sit in the morning gloom and wonder what i will, could, do about that. What do i want to do about that? I can imagine what i can do, with joy and skill, about the project in sensitive habitat: i'm putting time and energy into developing those skills. Advocacy in the face of injustice: first i need to open myself to being exposed to the injustices, and i fear being overwhelmed.


Meanwhile, i'm pretty sure the fever has passed and i'm mostly back to myself. Some evidence in hindsight comes to mind, and i wonder if i caught the bug at the aquarium where all those vectors were screaming and running around. When i was feeling my worst, Christine subscribed to the Consumer Reports website and did research on what was the best thermometer, and then went out and bought it.

I've subsequently found myself with up to three degree variations in temperature measurements over five measurements. Sometimes throwing out the outlier can help, but sometimes not. I don't know what i'm supposed to think, but a baseline seems required. The thermometer instructions note that one has a lower temperature in the morning than the evening and that there can be a difference of .2 degrees due to slight differences in measuring: neither explains a three degree difference.

The last time i had a mercury thermometer, i was in college. I dropped it on the terrazzo floor of my eighty some year old dorm room, and the environmental team showed up in hazmat suits to clean it up.

I wonder if you can buy them on ebay? Ooooh! You can.



[User Picture]From: blue_by_you
2014-08-10 04:10 pm (UTC)
I think that's the first time in my life I've heard of someone breaking a thermometer and I don't know that I would think to be so careful with the cleanup if I did. Good reminder. I applaud you for writing the letter. I've never done that because I've always thought "who is going to listen to me?" And yet, I get mad when people rattle on about what they hate in politics and then I find out they don't even vote.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2014-08-10 05:02 pm (UTC)
It was great fun to watch the mercury go bouncing about. I'd had enough lab classes to call the campus and ask: i did NOT expect the hazmat folks!

It seems that a little 30 acre parcel won't have too much input, so it seems like a productive thing (i asked that the developers be required to provide more bat habitat). I was thinking the same thing, though, as i was journaling: when do i write? When is it going to make a difference? How do i choose?

Yup, first step: VOTE.
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[User Picture]From: blue_by_you
2014-08-10 06:24 pm (UTC)
We love the bats! We had so many here on the lake our first year and then there was a particularly noisy July 4th with many people exploding fireworks from their docks and they don't like that. So we have fewer now. I want to build bat houses but I don't want to put them through that once a year turmoil either.
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[User Picture]From: annie_r
2014-08-10 08:40 pm (UTC)
Glad you are feeling better. So what is the best thermometer? My current one usually shows me as having below normal temperature, not sure if that is just me, or what.

all those vectors were screaming and running around. um, yeah :P
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