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LIVING IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE
January 2, 2019
I did not spend the first day of 2020 watching football. I spent most of the day sleeping. Seriously. Most of the day. I slept late, then had breakfast, then watched the Rose Parade and fell asleep. When I woke up, I found a marathon of The Twilight Zone and started watching that. It was on until 12:30 a.m. and I watched and slept off and on the entire day. When it was time to go to bed for the night, I had no idea how I would go to sleep after sleeping all day, but I fell right asleep and slept until 4 a.m., after which I turned on Morning Joe and fell asleep again until shortly before The Today Show started and then slept through that until nearly 8:30.
I don't think I have ever slept so much in my life.
But I saw a lot of classic Twilight Zone episodes, including the famous William Shatner on an airplane episode.
I actually stayed awake thru 3 episodes of Schitt Creek, which someone said was her favorite show. I enjoyed it, but I was able to stay awake because it was on whle I was at my computer, but as soon as I switched back to Twilight Zone in my recliner, I was asleep again.
I have been aware of the fires in Australia, but hadn't paid close attention because all the reports seem to be from Eastern or Northern Australia, but then I saw a map this morning:
The entire country is on fire...and has been for a couple of months--and no hope in sight for the fires to be brought under control any time soon. I found this picture particularly poignant.
Experts estimate that 480 million animals have been killed in the fires or from the temperature (111⁰ F) and drought.
Koalas are dehydrated. The animals,
of which there are only an estimated 100,000 left, live in what are now some of
the hottest parts of the country. They consume water by eating leaves. One
effect of climate change is that those leaves now contain less water than they
used to. Some koalas have reportedly come up to humans to drink water out of a
bottle. Others have been trapped in habitats that have been subject to wildfires
and have had to be treated for burns on their fur and paws.
Kris Werner, head of Dried Tree Fruits Australia, told ABC that his peaches and nectarines have been cooking on the tree branches where they grew.
Stu Pengelly, a resident of Perth, noticed that temperatures would get real hot in his Datsun Sunny. So he put a piece of pork on a pan on the seat of the car. Over the next 10 hours he monitored the temperature, which reached 81°C (178°F). “My warning is do not leave anyone or anything precious to you in a hot car, not for a minute,” he wrote on Facebook.
This is a picture of a beach in Sydney. Beijing was the most polluted place I'd ever seen, but it can't hold a candle to this.
I've been watching Crikey! The Irwins on Animal Planet the past few weeks and have enjoyed watching how Steve Irwin's family has developed Australia Zoo. I'm wondering what effect the fires have had on the facility and on the animals.
I never got out of Western Australia
when I was there in 2003 and the fires don't seem to be as prevalent there, but
I sent a note to my friend Claire, who lives on a ranch not far from Perth to
find out if they have been affected or not.
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