Noticing Global Warming, Before We Knew What It Was

Marie Dressler, as Carlotta in Dinner at Eight (1934), reminiscing about her past life as a super-star of the New York stage, and why she can’t return to live in the city:
No, everything’s changed. I couldn’t stand it here.  I’d die.
I belong to the Delmonico* period.  Ahh, a table at the window, looking out on Fifth Avenue; boxes with flowers in; pink lampshades; string orchestras; and, I don’t know, yes — yes, willow blooms … dry champagne; and snow on the ground. — Say, they don’t even have snow any more!
Dressler isn’t the only one who notices things changing about the weather decades before there was a label to go with the change.  In Denver, a desert climate, we used to have dew on the grass in the early mornings, even the hottest.  After many years living here, the dew faded and came no more.  I wondered.  Wondered for years.  Figured I would someday find out why and surmised I wouldn’t like the explanation.  I don’t.
As twenty-somethings, my husband and I visited Yellowstone several times in the winter.  We stayed in a rustic cabin – and I do mean rustic — where the entire inside length of the door would be encrusted with several inches of ice in the morning.  We cross-country skied during the day, and had to keep moving.  The temperature would rise to minus thirty degrees at mid-day.  A stop for lunch was quick; we sat on our packs to protect us from the cold.  One didn’t dare remove a glove for very long to eat.

I check Yellowstone’s weather and temperature religiously.  It NEVER gets to minus thirty.  Never ever.  Even as a low in the coldest months.  I don’t like this, either.
There are many other things I don’t like about global warming.  You know what it means.  What I dislike almost the most is that we are doing nothing about it.  No leadership.  No will.  Perhaps that can change.  Perhaps the universe is sending us a message:  ENOUGH!  Perhaps we will start to pay attention.
*Patrons of Delmonico’s included Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Nikola Tesla, Edward VII as Prince of Wales, and Napolean III.




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2 Responses to Noticing Global Warming, Before We Knew What It Was

  1. The Emu says:

    Definitely food for thought in those words, change in the world is happening faster than man made climate change, if one doesn’t get you the other will.

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