Today I gave up on trying to get out the door to my car so I could make a Dr.’s appointment. I had forgotten about the appointment until just about time to get ready to leave for it, as I didn’t think I really needed it. It was meant just to get a prescription for hand therapy–the least of my problems. The snow had not been cleared from the car (which Barbara does before she goes to work when she knows I have an appointment). The real problem, though, was my extraordinary lack of ability to get around. Yesterday I fell twice while holding onto the kitchen sink (no injury). So I am, perhaps, a little gun shy today. At any rate,when I noticed unusual difficulty, I decided to abort.
Anyway, it focuses my attention, once again, on the appropriateness of assisted living for me. Unfortunately, there are no facilities in the near Tahoe region which my long care insurance covers, so I will have to move off the Hill, and away from Barbara and all of my friends. I’m a very social creature, so, while not at all comfortable about it, I am not unbearably depressed over the prospect of losing friends, which I will surely do in the move. But the support of Barbara, even with the anger that sometimes accompanies it, will be irreplaceable. She still works, so my moving will have to be solo.
Snow is particularly unforgiving for those of us who get old and are handicapped, so moving off the Hill is something most of us contemplate. Many of my acquaintances have done, or soon will do, it, so that is another argument for not letting “off the Hill” stop me,
Davis has the advantages of my already knowing some people there, good writing groups, the university, a good transportation system, a town I’m fairly familiar with, and flat terrain. Most of its downsides, mainly heat and hay fever, are shared with Sacramento, which I’m also considering. Both are quite far from Tahoe, but so is Placerville, the closest place outside Nevada I could go. Nevada is ruled out because it doesn’t have MediCal. Barb and I will be checking places out shortly.
I’m currently reading Naomi Klein’s book “This changes Everything,” which mimics almost all my own thoughts on Climate Change. An observation which I had not made before, however, came from the early part of it. The biggest challenge facing us at the moment is the breakdown in belief systems we see in the politicization of the current debate. Monied interests, in order to protect the status quo, have reacted to the scientific community’s warnings about climate change by pouring resources into anti-science campaigns. The benefits they hope to gain are obvious since the existing system makes them money, and seeing beyond current making of money is not their strong point. As a result, in The United Stats and Canada, where these campaigns have been concentrated, vast numbers of people have chosen to believe the deniers rather than the scientist’s warnings.
Time will tell, of course, but neither deniers nor climate change believers can afford to wait if the scientific community’s warnings are accurate. The deniers cannot afford to wait if the alarmists are right, for everything will change. The alarmists cannot wait because they will be unable to do anything about it. And yet we are waiting. Presumably hoping the scientific community is just wrong.
If neither of us can afford to wait if the scientific community is right, why are we waiting?
Perhaps it is mostly because the scientists seem to offer us no creditable solutions. A few years ago, the most creditable solution to most of us would have been terraforming Mars. At the end of the space age, i.e., the last human expedition to the Moon, the public was ready to believe it could be done. Scientists were probably less enthusiastic, but there seemed to be no global threat then, anyway, and we got the Vietnam War instead. Now the threat seems all too real, but the possibility of terraforming Mars just too hard.
Isn’t that just too bad? If we’re not going to make it here on Earth, what other option awaits us? We’ve got to get off.