If We Were Having Coffee on May 21, 2016

Coffee and Beatles

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you nice large mug of very strong French Roast.  I also have an assortment of teas, cocoa and other “morning appropriate” beverages.  It is a beautiful day so we may not stay inside.  In fact, I’m sure we should go out back.

And were are we?  Some of my long time readers may recognize the stack of Beatles mugs as being at my cottage on Cape Cod.  Yep, I’m on “The Cape” again this weekend, and a glorious weekend it is!

Have you ever had one of those weeks when you seemed crazy busy all week but when you look back on it you can’t remember a single thing you did?  It’s been one of those weeks.  Sure, I went to work and it was pretty busy, though nothing compared to two weeks ago.  Still a lot happening.  And I know I did something every day after work, but what?

One thing I’ve been doing is playing with small amounts of solar power.  I picked up a small, foldable solar panel and a small lithium ion battery.  I charge the battery during the day and use the battery to charge my phone and Kindle Fire at night.  When it’s cloudy I still have enough charge in the battery to last a few days.  It’s going to take years to pay for it.  And I did choose to get my electric from green sources, so I guess I’m not saving any coal anyway (most of NH is nuclear, so even if I didn’t choose green, I wouldn’t be burning much coal).  But I do think it’s cool.  I have a plugin hybrid car and think green electric is the future for all of our energy needs.

OK, I’m one of “Them”.  If you’re not, don’t go leaving in a huff.  I don’t force my opinions down people’s throats.  I can’t understand why it is so controversial.  Over 95% of the world’s scientists are on one side of the issue.  Should be a slam dunk.  Well, except, of course, there’s a small handful of people stand to gain or lose unimaginably huge amounts of money, money that is used to buy politicians and news channels.

Sorry, I very rarely get political at all, but sitting here listening to the birds sing and tasting the tang of the salt air has thrown me into one of those moods.  Don’t worry if my eyes are glazing over a bit.  That just means I’m sitting here planning on how I’m gong to spend my day outside.

My blogging this week has been weird.  As I’ve said in the last few coffee shares, I used to read a lot at work, perhaps two or three hours spread over an eight and a half hour day.  Now i don’t.  Most days I spend less than 15 minutes on the blog at work as I eat lunch in front of my work computer.  So when I am busy in the evening, well, reading time goes down.  I write pretty fast, so even though I haven’t been reading much, I have been posting a lot.

I started the week on Sunday with a reminder for the Week 19 weekly smile.  On Monday I posted a bunch of pictures I took on Cape Cod (here!) in late April.  I was down here for almost week and ventured out with my camera usually three times a day – once at the beach, once on my kayak and once on a long walk in the woods and salt marsh.  I did not post on Tuesday.  On Wednesday I put up my Week 20 Weekly Smile.  Week 20!  Later in the day I posted a bit of flash fiction for the Friday Fictioneers.  I did a bit of a memory piece about one of my favorite musicians, Isao Tomita, who passed away a few weeks ago (2016 has been rough on musicians!).  Since this was a memory, I did it as a Throwback Thursday.  Almost immediately after that post I put up this week’s second Friday Fictioneer story.  Unfortunately the Throwback story had almost no views since everyone saw the story and didn’t go back farther.  On Friday I posted what I hope is a funny story about an alien invasion.  Maybe.

Like i said, a lot of writing with three new short stories.

Wow, the birds are calling my name!  My kayak is whining.  I think I’m going to have to leave soon.  Yesterday I did take my long walk in the woods with Fiyero and did a short kayak ride.  Today will be the same, but a long kayak ride.  I also have to mow my lawn.  I need to start soon.  I’ll try real hard to visit all of the coffee shares, but I can’t guarantee it.

So that was my week.  And how about you?  How has your week been?  I hope it was good!  If you do a coffee post I’ll try to catch up,  If you don’t do a coffee post, perhaps you should consider it ;)

The Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Part Time Monster.  You can join this week’s Coffee Share on her blog or by clicking on the “Linkup Linky“.  In fact, I encourage you to click on the “linky” to see what’s been going on in the lives of other bloggers and even join us if you haven’t before.

(Edit at noon – go check out everyone’s smiles!  I think there are some great smiles this week!  Here is a direct link to the link up.  Go take a look!)

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36 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on May 21, 2016

  1. Prior-2001

    Hey T – seems I am habitually late for coffee share lately!
    Need to set the alarm clock!
    Kidding…..
    Well seeing that I am sooooo late I will pass on coffee –
    And your solar panel sounds pretty great!
    Our house in Florida had a solar heated Inground pool / the whole set up ran across the roof and it was pretty cool (well actually warm – ha!) and it was not a super expensive home either – but the lady who built it had some amazing taste – and she had imported tile in MB and the best hardwood floors ever-
    And we still miss parts of that house – but it was a bit too small (3 br) and we did not want to live in FL. Anyhow / I think the lady was ahead of her time….

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Just heading out the door, but, yeah, it sounds like it was a great house. I could understand not living in Florida – not my first choice. Hope you have a great wek.

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  2. Rowena

    Hi Trent. Feels like we haven’t caught up for a bit. All that writing I did for the April challenge took a lot out of me and I had to get quite a lot of stuff done beyond my writing I think things are starting to settle down again after doing a 2000 km round trip to Queensland over a four day weekend to attend my SIL’s 60th birthday.
    I did a lot of family history research and came across an article from the 1920s I think or even earlier talking about how removing loads of treed was damaging the environment and causing floods. I know my kids are going to look at me and ask me why we didn’t try and stop it. You know but you did nothing. That’s pretty scary!
    I am currently itching from midge bites I sustained while away. The itching is insane.
    I am starting to get back into the swing of things and will start doing a weekly smile again soon.
    Hope you’re doing well.
    xx Rowena

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Midge bites – in the spring we have “little black flies”, which about the same thing as midges. No insect bite or sting leaves welts on my except the little black fly. I have about 10 bites right now, some a couple of weeks old. I understand!

      People have known many of the environmental issues for years, decades (as you saw) and even centuries. Why didn’t we do anything? It is a valid question.

      Sounds like you’ve been busy! 2000 km over a weekend – driving? That’s a lot!

      As you saw here, I’ve been really busy. I can write and put up a post in a few minutes, but reading is another issue. And when I do read, it is often a quick read then move on to the next – yes, I do try to comprehend what I’m reading, but my brain doesn’t want to formulate a response most of the time. So a lot of us not “seeing” each other has been as been as much my fault as yours, if not more my fault.

      Anyway, talking about travel, I’ll be away for a few days coming up. I’m going to try to schedule some posts to go up, but I won’t be reading much or responding to many comments.

      I hope you are well and well rested from your writing and travels! Have a great week!

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      1. Rowena

        Thanks, Trent. It’s hard to manage the balancing act. I have long struggled with routine, especially not working these days and tend to either immerse myself in what needs to be done or the writing/blog. I have a job interview next week. It’s a one day a week job as Community LIaison Officer at my daughter’s school. I was working 1-2 days a week before I had the chemo two years ago and have been wary about returning to work as I had chemo brain and all sense of time disappeared. This job would be a fabulous opportunity. Hope your travels go well and no more plane problems. Have a great week.
        xx Rowena

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          1. Rowena

            You too. By the way, my week has just expired. It’s 12.05 AM and officially Saturday. Where it the week go? Will catch up for coffee with you over the weekend xx Ro

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  3. Lisa

    I appreciate your mini climate change rant. Science has proven not only is it a fact but it is happening right now! Your small solar panel sounds neat!

    I may just join in your weekly smile event. I hadn’t before because I already participate in a few weekly events but it actually fits in with a journalling exercise I do. Every day I have to list five good things that happened that day, no matter how small. I have plenty of material for a weekly post on it :) Thanks!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It would be great if you joined in the Weekly Smile. You don’t even have to change anything, really, just take one of your “5 good things” posts and say that it’s something you smile about. Right now only a few people participate, usually about 6 to 8 a week, so it isn’t a huge commitment reading them all.

      Five good things a day is a great exercise. For a while I was doing “A Smile a Day”, but after a month I found that it was too hard so I changed it to the Weekly Smile. My problem is that I know I have it very good and a lot of good things happen to me during the day, it’s just when it is time to recap that I find it difficult to remember particulars and even harder to remember things that I want to share with the world.

      Climate change is happening now and now is the time to do something about it. As someone else said in the comments, even if we aren’t 100% sure it’s being caused by man (we pretty much are 100% certain, but just for the sake of argument…) putting a huge investment in renewable will help us in the long run anyway.

      I hope you have a great week!

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  4. Nancy

    I commend you on your environmental consciousness. It does seem with all the free sunlight around, we should be taking advantage of it. My father-in-law recently bought an electric hybrid car. The strangest thing about riding in it is the silence. We are so used to hearing those gas guzzling engines roaring to life! He seems pretty happy with it although it took some getting used to. Enjoy your day outdoors. I plan to do the same! 😊

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’ve looked into go deeper into solar, but it will be a few years before I can make any size investment. Oh well. The plug-in hybrid is great because I can go 20 miles or more on full electric. It is quiet and there is instant acceleration. It feels different. I’m looking forward to when the technology is there to actually have a full electric car. It’s close, very close, but I think I’ll wait a few more years before I take the plunge.
      It’s been a nice weekend and I have enjoyed being out. I hope you had a great weekend!

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  5. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

    My take on the situation – I know what I believe as I will follow those learned men that are in the majority. Not being a scientist I have to accept the views of the majority. Sceptics I can tolerate as that is how all science has progressed. If it wasn’t for sceptics we’d still be living on a flat earth. It is the deniers that worry me because they are not open to any information and a closed mind is always dangerous. The way I see it though is easy. We have to take action. It is like taking out insurance. If the men are right then our insurance will pay off, if they are wrong – what the heck we have improved our earth and possibly seen some really exciting innovations. I pay house insurance although the odds are I will never use it but can I afford to if I do need to use it and I don’t have it. So dealing with climate change is not about whether it is true or not but rather lets take out the insurance before it is too late.
    That is my rant over Trent. I guess you’d prefer I take my coffee elsewhere now. Hope your paddle is fun and have a good week.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      In many ways that is my take on it. If we make positive changes more good will come of it even if the original reason was a little off. Right now most of the best research in alternative energy is not happening in the US and so we’ll be left behind. I think you have a similar think going on there. Wow, with all of the sunshine in Australia I would think you could get a big chunk of your power needs by setting up a handful of solar power plants in some of the most open areas, but if things keep going the way they are you might end up importing energy from China. As we will.

      The kayak ride was great as was walking in the woods. It’s been a nice weekend. I hope yours went well too. I’ll be over soon to check out your coffee chat.

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      1. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

        We were staggered when we traipsed through the Black Forest in Germany in 2004 the amount of solar that was in use then. Barn roofs were covered in panels, something you didn’t see in Australia. It is totally ridiculous not to go with it – and it could be so exciting.

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  6. bettylouise31

    Scientists have been wro g before a d will again. I think back of the thinking. I n 1948. My paper required me read a lot of medical news. The majority of the scientists felt they didn’t know what cause. It couldn’t be a virus, but they now know cancer can be cause by a virus. Almost all the science taught us in grade school is now wrong. Nice you were able to take walks an kayaking.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      If you took the basic chemistry, physics, biology and meteorology, etc. of the early 20th century, the great majority of it would still be valid. Yes, some things have been discovered that add to it, there have been new theories that go farther, sometimes much, much farther, and there have been errors that have been fixed as new data has come in and old assumptions have gone away. There are many areas where there has been huge growth and there has been growing pains in all of it. With better equipment there are better observations and better data so theories are tweaked and occasionally radically changed. Look at geology and the discovery of plate tectonics or astronomy and the discovery that the universe is expanding – these were radical. In the late 40s there had been no observation of a virus causing cancer. Today we have found a few viruses that have caused some specific forms of cancer. The majority of cancer, though, is still not caused by virus. At that time medical research was undergoing a lot of changes and will continue to. That doesn’t mean their science was wrong, but it wasn’t complete and things had to be changed. Just because Newtonian mechanics doesn’t work as you approach light speed, get close to very heavy objects, deal in non-Euclidean spaces or in the very small scale doesn’t mean it is wrong. Newtonian mechanics still rules 99% of what we do. Sure, satellite designers and people working with the smallest electronics need to understand Relativity and Quantum Physics, but someone designing a car, a bridge or most other objects can get by with Newton. Anyway, not even the large energy companies depute that the carbon dioxide in the air has been increasing, that the global temperatures have been going up, that glaciers have been melting and that sea levels are rising. A handful of right wing politicians dispute it, but it measurable and large companies don’t. They dispute the cause because they want to keep their positions in the world economy. Many, though, have also moved into green technologies and have been investing more in that direction.

      Anyway, sorry, I didn’t mean to start into it, I just couldn’t stop once started…

      It has been a great weekend out on the water and my dog has loved the long walks in the woods. I hope you’re having a great weekend! I’ll most likely stop by your coffee chat later.

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  7. Corina

    So glad you could enjoy the Cape this weekend! Our weather is stormy so I’m huddled into my son’s basement family room with TV, computer, music, three dogs, three cats, and a blanket. I’ll go out to see the new little one at the hospital in a couple of hours. For now, I’m staying in. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It’s been a good weekend. I hope your visiting your new grandchild as I’m writing this, or soon after. I’ll be by in a few minutes to read what you have to say about the new member of your family. Have a great weekend!

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  8. Deborah Weber

    I love hearing your green stories and agree it should be a no-brainer. I love living in a city with good public transportation and so we don’t have a car and that’s something I feel good about. Wishing you a wonderful weekend – hope you get to spend lots of time on the water.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It should be a no-brainer, but so many people refuse to listen. I’ve been telecommuting three days a week, which helps a little. I would use public transpertation if I lived in a city – I’m in Boston enough that I have a “Charley Card” for the T and though I don’t visit DC often, I have a Metro card.

      I did spend a couple of hours on the water a couple of more with my dog in the woods. It’s been a pretty good day.

      I hope you have a great weekend.

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  9. brittabottle

    Enjoy your weekend on Cape Cod! Sounds like you have some lovely weather and will be able to spend an ample amount of time out doors.
    My alma mater is a huge proponent of green energy and utilizing our resources more efficiently. There are two wind turbines on campus and a few years ago, the dining hall started composting food waste. Utilizing green energy is definitely important in today’s world, so it’s cool you’ve started to use solar panels. After spending four years at an extremely environmentally conscious university, it was a bit tough going into my job at the espresso bar–there is SOO much waste in the food service industry, which drove me half-made. Going to Thailand wasn’t any better. It’s hard to find trash cans in Thailand, let alone recycling, and it’s very common to see trash on the streets there. It’s also extremely common in SE Asia to pack EVERYTHING in plastic bags…even drinks! It was really hard to not contribute to further environmental harm while living there, just because of the nature of SE Asian society. It isn’t something many people are aware of there.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’ve looked into solar for my house, but it may be a while before I can do that. As far as plastic goes, I use way too much. It’s just so convenient. I slice up some cheese to bring to work and without thinking toss it in a plastic bag. Then when I go to throw it out I stop and wonder why I didn’t use something else… Yes, I’ve heard that there’s a huge amount of waste in the food industry. And then we have starving people. It doesn’t make sense. I don’t think I realized how bad that part of Asia is. I’m not totally surprised, but it’s not something taht is brought up very often.

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      1. brittabottle

        At my parents house, we wash and reuse our plastic baggies. Some might think it’s a bit excessive, but it saves money and the environment!
        Yes, the waste in the food industry doesn’t make sense–it would really be nice to see that food donated to homeless shelters or something. I wasn’t throwing away rotten food–just food that wasn’t fresh enough to sell anymore. I found it very aggravating.
        Oh, yeah, I can’t speak for other parts of Asia, but SE Asia is terrible about waste. It isn’t something that is discussed very often, but it’s a big problem over there. I noticed some efforts in Bangkok to be more environmentally conscious, but they weren’t very widespread.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          There is a program, I think it’s called Second Harvest, that gets old but good food from restaurants and stores to give to food pantries. It’s a great program! I’ve been known to clean plastic bags…. saves a little of the guilt I have from using them…

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  10. nonsmokingladybug

    I have never been in Cape Cod, but now I want to go there..right now. I haven’t been Kayaking in years. It has been raining all night, it’s muddy outside and our dogs came in with black, wet paws. It’s going to be an inside weekend here and I will start a new book. I could use a cup of hot cocoa.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Hot cocoa coming up. Cape Cod is beautiful and I love to be able kayak as much as I do. I grew up close to Lake Erie so spent a lot of time on and around the water. My heart soars when I’m in the mountains, but being by the water feels like home.

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  11. ReadBetweentheLyme

    Hi there! So where did you get your solar panel? I’ve looked into leasing part of our roof to a solar company but it doesn’t seem to be an option yet in our area – Houston!?!? It is shameful that in a city as large as ours and the amount of sunlight available in this region that more solar isn’t readily available. But as you stated, moving to solar is something big power companies do not want. Anyhoo. Have a great weekend!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      the small panel (21 W) was off of Amazon. Although Houston is a big oil city, I’d be surprised there aren’t some solar companies around. If you find the rental type, be very careful and study it in depth before you do it, The rental get you in solar for very little money, but there might be problems. I know there are some DYI solar systems (sounds weird) that you might look into.

      Have a great weekend.

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