Rain Dance

Why didn’t the early settlers to America pay attention to the giant hint about catastrophic weather events on this continent??  The indigenous people had a ‘rain dance’ because we have cyclical episodes of drought all over the two continents.  If I had faith in my ability, I would do a rain dance on my back deck because I am so fed up with watering the garden.  My sprinklers haven’t worked for a couple of years but I decided during the Pandemic that I would use a hose and be the Greta Thunberg of my cul-de-sac.  Our water bill tells me that we are doing the right thing, especially raiding the laundry basket for yesterday’s clothes…that’s my excuse and I am sticking to it.  One of the things I loved about Egypt was that it was really hot, not everyone had access to water or deodorant, the trains were jam packed and you had to get used to body odor.  It was a sharp acclimation moving to the States – why do people get washed before they go out for a run in Texas humidity? I can smell their Gain detergent on their cute little outfits about half a mile away.  Just go out stinky and have a shower when you return.  The only friend who felt as I did was brought up in the South African bush and didn’t wear shoes until she was 12.  She walked the dog with her dressing gown on…my kind of gal.

Like many of us, during the Pandemic, I watched TV until I was square eyed.  I can’t tell you how many National Geographic and Discovery documentaries I ingested.  Any archeological program involving LIDAR gets me excited. LIDAR is an acronym for light detecting and ranging.  Briefly, the technology allows you to scan a wooded area, for example, and remove the trees digitally to reveal the remains of structures. There have been many recent discoveries in central and south America, showing that there were huge Mesoamerican ‘cities’, for want of a better word.  The biggest had hundreds of thousands of people and they were connected to other cities.  The Amazon is not virgin rainforest but more a peek into a post-apocalyptic Manhattan.  Imagine decayed and fallen skyscrapers overwhelmed with a forest canopy.   I was astonished to find out that the Amazon was ‘plundered’ before – once or perhaps more.  Vast cities with complicated infrastructure and agricultural methods.

The reasons for their decline are varied but mostly it was climate change made worse by a huge population.  If there is no rain, you can’t grow crops and you can’t feed the disgruntled people.  At worst war or disease or famine then decimate your population but in the case of the Maya, many of the people moved north into the Yucatan area of Mexico or further afield.  In the title photograph, I am ‘dancing’ at a remote pyramid in the Yucatan, devoid of tourists.  The area was surrounded by scrubby jungle full of structural remains that complete the large city complex.  There are so many pyramids from Mexico to the tip of central America that it is obvious there was, at times, a thriving population.  I can only hope that this is a pattern.  As a species, we spread out of control, depleting Earth’s resources but then Mother Nature or equilibrium takes over.  This is my ‘big picture’ theory and I can’t claim to be an expert just a voyeur of life with a very dark sense of humor. Let’s face it, the other species need a chance.

Recently we had the woodwork painted throughout our house.  In the main bathroom, we had all the cabinets painted.  Our fantastic white Corian countertop now looks creamy if not a tad yellow.  The countertops are 18 years old and I considered getting them coated or replaced.  Then I thought, “Is that sustainable?”  Right now, I am still in Greta Thunberg mode, but I might eventually cave and get new countertops to fulfill my naïve American Dream.  Do I need a refurbished bathroom, though?  I would happily spend all the money on a trip of a lifetime but then you have to consider carbon emissions/tax, appalling airports and the possibility of Monkeypox.  If nothing else, our newest spreading disease proves that Mother Nature is laughing at us.  What else can I throw at the horrible humans??  Monkeypox is a bit like bedbugs – really disgusting but you are unlikely to die from it/them.

I had a colonoscopy yesterday and no one really needs to know that.  That said, however, the TWO day Prep and the anesthetic might explain this post…  Teddy and I went crazy today and had two lattes that had caffeine in them.  I can’t stop writing or talking and poor Teddy had another AFIB incident.  This was a minor episode but revelatory (no CAFFEINE for Ted).  My mum died of a bowel rupture 20 years ago and every since, I have been more aware of what I am eating.  I literally eat like a squirrel – nuts, seeds and fruit.  Curiously, I noticed that the seeds were the last to be emitted from my poor body pre-colonoscopy.  Despite my healthy regime (I could power a methane plant) my diverticulosis is worse than it was 7 years ago.  WTH??  To rub salt in my wounds, the gastroenterologist sent me pictures of my colon with a note to eat more Fiber.  If only it was legal to take the notes and shove them up his backside…  On the plus side there was nothing else of note and the nausea inducing ‘elective’ procedure is free.  More seriously – go get a colonoscopy.  It could save your life even if you can never consume lime Gatorade or Jello again.

47 thoughts on “Rain Dance

  1. Yes! The Amazon is post apocalyptic. There are emerging clues about the vast cultures that lived there. A lot of it was systematically planted by the people that lived there. Also, it’s interesting that the Amazon was once cleared in the past, hence the henges that have emerged due to modern deforestation. As far as feeding large populations of people in a rainforest, check out this interview of Graham Hancock – who wrote a book called “America Before” :

    The entire interview is fascinating, but you can skip to 32:00 to get to the agricultural part.

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  2. I could use a rain dance, too. Even with our sprinklers there still are spots where the “gras” makes a crunching sound under my feet.
    Have a great weekend,

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  3. You bring up some really interesting and thought-provoking points, Kerry. I don’t know much about Meso- and South-American cultures (my bad), but during our travels during the SW, we visited many Ancestral Puebloan sites. Some of the communities, such as at Mesa Verde or Chaco Canyon, left their beautiful buildings behind, very likely due to a decades-long drought.

    White it’s somewhat reassuring to know that the land and its denizens have dealt with some of the same challenges we are facing today, I think they were far more resilient than most of us nowadays and were able to adapt. They could leave everything behind and start afresh elsewhere, but most of us couldn’t survive off the land even if we had to, and there are far more humans now than then, so the resources are much more limited.

    We do, of course, need to reduce our footprints and decrease our consumption and wasteful ways, but do you really think that the vast majority will give up something voluntarily? I fear our shortsightedness prevents us from implementing changes we know could be beneficial in the long run, and anticipate that only more catastrophes and calamities will finally change our actions. By then it might be too late.

    I hope I’m wrong.

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    • It really is a conundrum, Tanja. My post is written tongue in cheek because I worry about the answer to climate change and my choices. I choose to do my best, which is probably not good enough, and bear in mind that the dinosaurs were still the most successful species on earth. We are young ‘uns by comparison and look what happened to them!!
      Thank you for your thoughtful comment. K x

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  4. As we have plenty of rain in Ireland, too much at this point, I would be more than happy to send it over to Texas to water your wonderful garden. I love how you are in Greta Thunberg mode and how you bring up so many valid points for sustainable living. We just recently moved into a new place and instead of running to the nearby furniture store, I inspected my local charity shops and was amazed by what was available and how little it costs compared to big shiny supermarket stores. Much to my delight, I even stumbled upon a few beautiful Edinburgh prints priced at 1 euro each! For me, it’s not as much the cost but more about the environment paying a high price to produce those new items. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    • Delighted to hear that you have a new abode and that you are choosing wisely, Aiva. I splashed bleach on my favorite navy top for wearing around the house. It was from the thrift store so I went back and found another one – $6. When someone has worn it for a while you can tell if it is going to be good quality and how soft it is. Have a lovely weekend! K x


  5. Gaia is a living organism like we are. She is setting her equilibrium to protect herself. We are fleas on her back and she is slowly decimating the population and I think it will get worse as shortages can create famines. How’s that for being cheery lol Seriously there is more amidst then what I am letting on here. We are all connected in some way and when we break a link the link will repair itself and get rid of what is creating that broken link. I hope you are having a thoughtful day. Just plunge you are going to get a new countertop. Why put it off. ❤

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  6. Good to hear you can’t do anything about diverticulitis Katherine. I enjoy eating like a squirrel but also enjoy real food too.

    Think lots of people are rethinking buying for the sake of buying. Suits me as I have too much stuff.

    I would be really happy to send rain from Scotland as we have plenty.
    Take care. Love Anne x

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    • It is a ‘bummer’ (LOL) but fortunately it is diverticulosis which is much better than the itis. Thank you, Peggy. We have a forecast of many hurricanes so perhaps this will help our drought.

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  7. First the good thing. A bedroom chair is the place for those clothes that are worn but not dirty enough for a laundry basket.
    Now the less than good. I have had a colonoscopy every year since turning 50 as a history of bowel cancer and polyps. I hate the 2 say prep as not eating I get migraines.
    Next I also have diverticulitis. What you have to eliminate from your diet, or at least cut back on are nuts. Not good for it at all and increase fibre.
    There you go the good, the bad and the ugly from Australia 😂

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    • I already use the closet chair for lightly worn clothes…I am a slattern! So sorry about your bowel history – it is an increasingly common illness. It’s bad enough being hungry without migraines… For the good news from me, I have diverticulosis not itis – so I can keep up my squirrel habits and figure out how to eat more fiber.
      Thank you for the comment and keep healthy!

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  8. Top post Kerry 🙂 During lockdown I took to watching the back-library of Time Team episodes, the British programme which popularised archaeology by condensing a ‘dig’ to three days and a programme of 45 minutes. LIDAR wasn’t then a ‘thing’ and indeed the earliest episodes introduced a whizzy new tool called GPS 🙂 Discoveries and examinations of ancient civilisations are intriguing.

    Sadly the rain forests are being destroyed mainly in the pursuance of animal agriculture. It sounds like you follow (accidentally or not) a rather vegan lifestyle. If more people did then we, and the world, would all be in better shape.

    And indeed, one of the many pleasures of running is not having to do anything beforehand, just throw on the gear and go. Here in the western world we’re way too obsessed with cleanliness.

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    • I loved everything about Time Team except Tony Robinson…so much better as Baldrick! Laughing at the whizzy new GPS – how quickly technology changes. I still can’t cope with a voice giving me instructions in the car (not my husband…). Maps!!

      I am not vegan but rarely eat meat. Moderation is my goal. Now I am going out to water my garden unwashed. I want to wear my ancient nightie but I might frighten the neighbors…😁

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Roy, and thank you!


  9. Hi Kerry,
    I hope the diverticulosis gets better. Any gastro issue can be a source of misery for those of us that love to eat.
    Rain has been creating havoc in Brazil with floods and landslides. If we could only divert the rain to the areas that really need them…

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  10. I like your description of Greta Thunberg mode. Good for all of us to keep in mind. A few years ago I had my kitchen counters replaced. It’s a silicon material, looks like granite but much cheaper. A few months later I learned that it’s harmful to the workers – the silicon dust gets in their lungs and causes serious illness. I wish I had known earlier. 😥

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