Poor Iceland; it really hasn’t been their year.

One of the things I haven’t missed about living in Los Angeles is the ever-present worry about “the Big One.” I know that there are small earthquakes in our region, but they probably wouldn’t even be noticed on a typical California day.

So, instead, what do I have to worry about? Volcanic ash! To be honest, I doubt it will get to our area, or if it does, by the time it does, there won’t be much of it. But who thinks about that as a possible problem?

With air traffic in all of northern Europe affected, it has made us all realize that Mother Nature does not have much of a sense of humor. Imagine if the Iceland volcano continues to erupt, or even erupts to Krakatoa levels, what that could mean!

We so take for granted our modern existence that we forget how quickly everything could change. We know about global warming, but do we really FEEL what major climate changes will mean? Perhaps something like this will bring home to us the reality of life on Earth and help us to make important changes to fix things while we can. Even though this is not caused by us, we should really look at the things we HAVE caused and try to change our ways.

Are you all using your re-usable cloth bags when you shop? Do you recycle? Turn off excess electrical appliances? Use less plastic? I know you do; but maybe you can each convince one more of your friends that they should start doing these things as well.

Off my soapbox now.

Ciao for now.


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10 thoughts on “Volcano!

  1. I hope you are all okay, but I can’t and don’t believe this is at all related to “climate change”. I loved geology at UT and took several courses in it in the ’60’s and it is a very good school for it. We learned that there was a great deal of stress on some of the earth’s plates and could expect slides or readjustments within the next 50 years and it would play havoc with many plates as the stresses changed and caused things just like this…as the earth’s surface adjusted to the changes. It makes sense to me that a plate moved slightly and caused the volcanic action and we can expect more in times to come. Al Gore’s theory had nothing to do with it…in fact, he may have come along after that as I believe he’s younger than I am and maybe didn’t have a well rounded education covering many areas of study. Much of that has come true including the ‘sink holes’ they discussed with us that would come as a result of draining oil or water from underground hollow areas.

    I hope it comes to and end, but doubt it will for a bit. I’m glad I only live where I do and not the California/Seattle area. All of this may eventually cause the San Andreas Fault to shift as it’s long past due.

    I’m off my soap box now…

  2. Having a couple of times been marooned in various airports, I have great sympathy for the stranded travelers. Good points about respecting and conserving–we are all far too profligate with Earth’s resources.

    On the bright side, you all are going to have glorious sunsets for the next year or so, because of the stuff in the air.

  3. Pat, I think you misunderstood me; I don’t believe that volcanoes and earthquakes have anything to do with climate change. I was just using them as an example that while natural things DO happen that cause change, we should look at the chaos they cause and try to limit the chaos that we as humans cause. For example, the masses of plastic “dead zones” in our oceans (a new one found in the Atlantic) that kill all marine life around them and get into the food chain, eventually coming to us.

    The existence of one thing doesn’t negate the existence of another.

  4. MG, I remember that after the Mount Pinotaubo eruption we had strange weather in California for the following year. I read an article on BBC that said that large volcanoes can affect the weather of the entire planet for a year or so. I don’t think the Icelandic volcano is considered that massive, but it will be interesting to see the results.

  5. ah, Randy, you know that you’re preaching to the choir here, as far as i’m concerned — but i do so love to read your “preaching” anyway! 🙂

    as you know, my War on Plastic is going full force, and it has made a lot of changes in our life already. and as you mentioned, it has sent out little outliers to other lives as well. i know several of our friends have vowed to stop buying bottled water and to stop the idiotic practice of putting each type of fruit or vegetable that they buy in an individual plastic bag in the store!

    not many have yet gone as far as we have with baking our own bread and pizza, making our own salad dressings and salsas, rather than buy any that come packaged in plastic, or ordering containers made of bagasse to take to the deli when they want to buy fresh fish or salads. but one of our friends did triumphantly present us with a loaf of bread fresh from her neighborhood bakery, and it came in a recyclable paper bag! baby steps, true, but if we take enough of them and take them quickly, they make an impact! i’m 100% with you on this!

  6. Here in Montreal, major supermarkets have banned plastic bags for your groceries and sell recycling bags. Most of the customers bring their bags and if you forgot you are charged .05 for each plastic one. The same for liquor shops where you buy alcohol, they dont even have plastic bags so if you forgot your recycling ones, you carry your bottles in your hands or you buy one of their bag.
    I dont know if in Europe, this ban is imposed on grocery chains, but here it is working. Now we have to ban the smaller fruit bags. Habits are hard to change but we have to work on them for our own health and our planet.

  7. Rave, you know I think what you’re doing is awesome. If everyone could just do a little, it would make a huge difference across the planet.

    Suzanne: I don’t know if it’s country-wide or not, but at least in our region, supermarkets stopped providing bags a couple of years ago. They sell reusable bags or have boxes available from stocking the shelves. Most of us take our own bags and baskets and it works great. The plastic bags for produce are still here, but a lot of shops that do have bags use the ones made out of cornstarch that are biodegradable.

    I’ve been using my own bags for over 20 years and I have quite a collection. Unfortunately a few of my favorites have seen better days though. I just found some net bags online that i ordered for taking to buy produce.


  8. Ireland charges for plastic bags in supermarkets but in the UK it is voluntary. I always carry the shopping basket I bought in Mirepoix; I’ve had several and when they’re worn out, after several years of heavy use, they go on the compost heap and I buy another. We just got back to the UK from Malaysia in time to avoid being stranded but only because flight schedules meant we had to return a day earlier than we wanted. What I hope will be the result of all this is that many more meetings will be conducted as video conferences and that information only meetings will happen via emails. It seems a particularly unpleasant macho habit that some businesses and their employees have picked up which compels them to spend hours in the air for a meeting. End of my rant.

  9. Suzanne in an earlier posting mentioned Montreal and having to pay for plastic bags.

    When I lived in Sweden back in the very early 1980’s they charged 25 Swedish ore (about a US nickel) for a plastic bag in the grocery store. I’m not sure what the charge is today, but I would imagine it would be a lot higher to discourage the usage. I wish we would adopt similar rules here in the US.

  10. They used to charge for bags in supermarkets in France as well, but now they just don’t provide them. I think it would be harder to get people in the States used to that though. Don’t forget, we don’t have baggers here at all, so we were all used to bagging our own groceries anyway.

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