Life in Connecticut was some adventure in October. Global warming hit with a vengeance with a walloping snow storm while the leaves were still green thus destroying a lot of trees. You may think this could have been cause for alarm since trees eat up a lot of our greenhouse gases but you’re wrong because on their way down the trees took Connecticut off the power grid leaving its residence with a zero carbon footprint for days on end. Take that humans!
Connecticut Light and Power did a miserable job getting power back on for a lot of people in the state. After the storm 800,000 residences were out of electricity and it took a whole week to get most of them electrified again. Once back on they were able to catch the local news on television where they were letting viewers know where to go, what to do, if their power was off. While all this was going on, governor Malloy was letting everyone know he was angry. He even said that if CL&P did not have power back on by Sunday, he was going to get even angrier. Now it’s Monday and as I write this Malloy is giving a news conference on how angry he still is after all this time.
Congressman John Larson the high ranking liberal Democrat was the big loser here. Just before the storm he was letting everyone know that Halloween was within the jurisdiction of the federal government and by virtue of this fact wanted to change the date of the holiday so that it would forever fall on a Saturday. This way working Moms and good for nothing drunken Dads didn’t have to rush about during a work day getting the kids ready for trick-or-treating. When the storm hit and people experienced actual hardship Larson’s idea of making our lives easier was relegated to the joke bin of history.
There’s a lesson here. Just when our politicians think they have control of everything they only come to find out that they are at the whim of nature and, of course, the power company. The rest of us are subject to the wrath of those things too plus the politician. Bad things happen and when it does we experience adversity. But once we overcome adversity we’re better for it. Next time when we buy candles, for instance, it will be a more serious purchase. In the long run we are on our own and if we look to the Malloy’s and Larson’s of the world to run our lives we will never learn self-reliance, or self-preservation as a community. I have power and you don’t, ha ha. Want to come over for pizza?