I slept badly last night, or, maybe I just needed to get up at 3:00am as I often do. I really can’t tell. I made coffee and began to read. I read that Monarch butterflies are almost a thing of the past. You see, they winter in colonies west of Mexico City, in a fir forest, and according to The New York TIMES… the colonies are… “a pitiful remnant of their former splendor. The aggregate area covered by the colonies dwindled from an average of 22 acres between 1994 and 2003 to 12 acres between 2003 and 2012. This year’s area, which was reported on Wednesday, hit a record low of 2.9 acres.”… The TIMES goes on to inform me that these magical creatures are being done in by… “the destruction of breeding habitat in the United States because of the widespread use of powerful herbicides and genetically engineered crops, and illegal logging in Mexico’s high-elevation Oyamel fir forests.”
So the natural tendency is to ask yourself what the fuck is the matter with people? But, you find yourself holding back on that because you already know. It’s too early in the day to go punishing yourself all over again with how embarrassing it is to be human. Hold it at arms length as long as you can and don’t look at it. Think about something else.
I drove 100 miles round trip thursday to buy bagels. I bought 3 dozen and froze them. 30 seconds in the microwave and they are as good as good gets. Cut them in half and lightly toast under the broiler. Put the toasted halves in the freezer for a few minutes to cool back to room temperature. When you schmeer on the cream cheese you don’t want it should melt. While you wait cut up red onion, paper thin, and fetch capers and lox already. (I feel myself becoming more and more Jewish by the minute and I’m not even a little Jewish)
So I kick back with my bagel & Lox and have a good nosh. Sure, living amidst the gun toting goyum and having to shlep my ass 100 miles for a decent bagel is mishegis. I know that. I also know what’s good. The schmucks that make bagels where I live don’t know bupkes. They think it’s a fucking biscuit with a hole in it. So, I drive 100 miles. I don’t like to kvetsh about it. But, it’s the truth.
So where does that leave us today? I remember. We have just about killed all the Monarch butterflies, the Middle Class and any hope of things not getting worse in America. As I predicted a few essays ago there will be no laws to halt the stockpiling of all manner of deadly weapons on the part of Constitution loving citizens. As it slowly dawns on Americans that not even one of their political representatives in Washington isn’t a lying sack of self serving shit, licking the boots of their corporate masters, things will get uglier. They will become more terrified than they already are. The population will continue to fragment into even more ridiculous groups. Truly good cheese will become almost unobtainable.
It’s good that it is spring. The living world around us is unlocking itself from winter and, if we look closely, there is much Nature can tell us. But, will we understand?