JD Allinder

March is the New May

In Posts on March 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I don’t care if I’m a party pooper and spent the entire winter complaining about how warm it was (and it was warm – the Earth never froze, leaving Jane and me covered in mud when we should be keeping nice and clean and walking on water), I have to continue because the end of the season has been downright frightening, bizarre, surreal. People have been in shorts and t-shirts for over a week now, and yesterday the mercury reached 86 degrees. Last week we had extended, summer-like thunderstorms with tornadoes touching down in nearby Dexter and nearly wiping out an entire neighborhood. Temperatures have been 20-30 degrees above normal, and it hasn’t just been warm – it’s been startlingly and uncomfortably hot. In Michigan. In winter. Mosquitoes and ants are coming to life, daffodils and crocuses are in bloom, the grass even needs mowing. (I’ve never, ever, ever mowed in Michigan before the last week of April.) For one who’s grown to loathe warmth, I’m not just complaining because I’m inconvenienced. There is something strangely and weirdly wrong with the planet. When this latest change first occurred – ten or so days ago – I was astounded by the sounds of frogs, toads, and crickets.  And it keeps getting warmer. Today Annika and I walked the beasts in Montibeller Park in Pittsfield Township. We were all dragging because of the intense heat, which was exacerbated by the fact that trees are completely bare – they’ve only just begun to bud – and provided no shade. Later at Lillie Park, Annika found a tick on my shirt. A tick! In March!

If this is the new normal, people seem to be okay with it. Everyone appears happy to be bike riding in their bathing suits. News reports even use positive adjectives to describe this apocalyptic climate change like “nice,” “pleasant,” and “summer-like.” The fact that so few seem to care or mind just adds to the overall dreamlike quality of watching our climate changing so rapidly and so drastically. I’m genuinely disturbed. If Michigan is the new Alabama, I’m going to be extremely bummed (and so will Jane).

UPDATE: Ticks have been discovered tonight on both Annika and Jane. That’s three so far today, and, for the most part, we avoided deep woods and walked only on wide, heavily-traversed trails.

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  1. You’re so right John. How succinct – “March is the new May” ~ can I borrow that? And everyone is just blissfully acting like this is a blast. Don’t try to tell them anything either or you will be in the wierdo zone. Its tragic.

    I hosted a Wisdom Circle at my home Sunday -@ 7 people. I’m lucky to have a group of folks interested in sustainability to draw from. They were in touch. It was a good circle – meant to give people support to take the next step toward greater sustainable living – ie lowering their carbon footprint. It helped to have some sane folks near.

    You missed the talk at the Gilbert Residence called: “Walking away from Empire”, but that’s okay, it was a bit heavy duty. A guy who was an academic, who now lives off grid in every way possible. Nice man.

    Time to move toward Alaska?

    don’t know why your comment section keeps rejecting my comment and telling me I have to log in… (i did). So am going to use another e-address and see if I can send this – last try.

    • Hi Monica:

      I’m glad to hear from you and appreciate your comment (and commiseration). Walking Away From Empire sounds very cool. I’m interested in off-grid living, or at least managing the technium rather than being blindly consumed by it. Rock on with supporting sustainable living with your Wisdom Circle!

      Be well,
      John

  2. The same thing is happening in Europe.

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