I am really pleased that my first official post to this community can be good news. It seems that Governor Ahhhnold Schwarzenegger--who, yes, I have dismissed as a fool in the past and mocked quite heartily--has backed the Democrats in passing groundbreaking global warming legislation for the State of California.
The original article may be found on the BBC website
. I recommend checking out the original source, as they have cool global-warming- and climate-related links available.
But since articles tend to disappear on news sites, I've reprinted it here as well.( California passes emissions lawCollapse )
Now you know
I have to comment on this....( ...and here it is!Collapse )
Well, the week finally arrived. This week I started my Chemistry 102 class, and more importantly, I embarked upon the next stage of my life: pursuing my bachelor’s, and then advanced degrees in the biological sciences. The decision that Dawn and I made that day, standing along the shoreline in Ocean City Maryland, has brought a new sense of freedom, importance, satisfaction, and responsibility to my life.
With my highly anticipated government job turning into a three ring circus, I was down on myself for quite some time, trying to figure out what I was going to do for employment since I knew that a 45 year career in civil service just was not my idea of life fulfillment. My problem, simplified, was as follows: what does someone with a degree in political science do if, by chance, they find they cannot stand politics? It presented the ultimate catch-22, and posed a true dilemma. I began to rake my brain; I could go to another agency (but the problems in my current job could be much worse at another place), I could teach (which I still may do one day), or I could just search the employment ads in hopes of finding something that provided a solution to my problem.
Then came Puerto Rico….
Our trip to the island paradise, far away from the hustle and bustle insanity that is urban Washington D.C, really put me in touch with feelings about life, society, and my future. (The former two will be the subject of an entry at a later date).
Then, something else happened, we drove through a crazy town, and over a crazy mountain one rainy morning to reach Fajardo for a snorkeling cruise to the Spanish Virgin Island of Culebra. We were almost late but as luck, or fate, would have it, we arrived within about 15 minutes of the departure time.
There, amongst the turquoise blue waters and tropical fish, I rediscovered a dream of mine that had faded, like many things do, with the seconds of time that pass one’s life. While I am not religious, the experience of putting on a mask and fins, and swimming amongst fish and animals that one usually only sees in movies or magazines, was for me, how some describe a trip to Jerusalem or Mecca.
At one point, the dream was to be a marine scientist (not the dolphins are cute type either); I mean the real-deal, nitty gritty research type. Now here I am, this week, after a short preparation time and a tropical trip, realizing this dream, and once again pursuing it.
The professor is a really cool guy, and the class seems like it will be challenging and rewarding. We are starting out with chemical equilibrium, and for the first time in a while, last night, on a professional level, I once again felt at home working the equations of chemistry, and sitting in lecture.
It’s funny how you don’t understand how much you miss something when it’s gone. I studied science for half of my life and have missed it. Well, my friend, we meet again.