1°C (33.8°F) What do you do when you get really angry? Me, I go for walks. There’s something about the indifference and immensity of the world that makes my anger seem pointless after a while. Or maybe I just get cold
. Now that I think about it, I do pretty much the same thing for any strong emotion, except maybe happiness. That I save for other people, instead of letting it dissipate into the ether.
1°C (33.8°F) The clouds were getting thicker until I made the mistake of sitting down at my desk, and now the sun has popped out to glare into my eyes. If I hunch down low enough I can get into the shadow of my screen. I know I should have thought of this before I arranged my office, but it’s been too nice looking out into the trees for a little late-afternoon sun to spoil it.
I spent an hour or so today picking up garbage. There’s a little pond/marsh/wet spot down the road that had accumulated quite a load of trash – a whole big bag-ful, in fact. I wanted to do something about it before it disappeared under tomorrow’s snow, only to ooze out in all its disgusting glory in the spring. I started out feeling smug and self-righteous, and angry with litterers, but the physical labor of it, and the obvious evidence of my work made me finish with the simple satisfaction of a job well done.
While I was still in my angry muttering phase, I found it really difficult to think of good, descriptive insults in the English language. “Litterbug” or “pig” seem more insulting to bugs and pigs, and don’t really convey the self-absorption, indifference, and disregard of people who turn wherever they happen to be into a public dumping ground.
On the other hand, if we kept all of our garbage near us, instead of shipping it off to landfills we never see, we might care more about reducing the sheer volume we generate, or be more motivated to try a new approach
For the record, the trash was dominated by single-serving beverage containers of all kinds – aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles, and styrofoam cups. There were quite a few cigarette butts, and the occasional snack-food bag, too.
-6°C (21.2°F) The stillness of the water has moved into the air. Snow is coming. Winter begins today, and with it the shortest day of the year
– here only 8 hours and 46 minutes of daylight.