• Environmentalists: Hot and Cold on the Issues.

         I’m gonna rant here for a few moments, so please bear with me. The issue: Global Warming. I wince whenever I hear the term; I mean, whether or not the globe is actually warming, is that necessarily a bad thing? When I was in high school back in the late ‘70s I was warned we were headed toward the next Ice Age. Logic tells me that if that sort of Global Cooling was bad, then shouldn’t Global Warming be good; we avoided that catastrophic ice age? But, as is one of my shortcomings, once again I digress.

        My real issue is I ride my motorcycle to work every day I possibly can. Ice and snow are really the only things that keep me off my scoot. Well, when I first began commuting regularly by Harley about 13 years ago, there’d be about 10 days per year, and usually not in a row, when ice and/or snow prevented my riding.

         Since the environmentalist’s Paul Reverian call-to-arms, Global Warming, freak-out, I’ve experienced more days I can’t ride due to cold, than ever. This year alone I’ve been able to ride maybe four days in the past five weeks. Global Warming, hmmmm?

         Well, the environmentalists must have observed this little trend themselves, because I’ve also noticed over the recent past that the crisis-entrepreneur’s ad copy has morphed from Global Warming, to the catch-all, Climate Change. Now, that’s the way to cover all the bases; when presented with legitimate anecdotal and scientific evidence against Global Warming, they just whip the Climate Change arrow out of their environmental quiver.

         I’ve heard it said, one can’t reason with the unreasonable. Well, for all of you down-to-earth, sensible, reasonable folks out there, this appears to be what we face. My advice is to remain rational, and please, please, please…don’t surrender to the “Green” masses, who only seek to control your behavior with their environmental socialism.


         I recently picked up a personal journal I’ve been keeping (and I use the term keeping very loosely) since January 1st, 1990. I noticed that in the beginning, upon each new entry, I’d chastise myself for not getting back to make another entry sooner. I believe I’d initially planned on making an entry per day—yeah, right! I also noticed that I’d not only missed my daily entries, eventually weeks, months, and this time, over two years had passed between entries. Hopefully, some progeny reading this someday far in the future will scan past it as only a brief interruption in the entire multiple volumes of my journal. (What did I say earlier? Yeah, right!)

         That first entry I made contained a list of my goals for 1990. In retrospect, although I fell short in some areas, I’ve actually done pretty well on the list. However it took me a bit longer than a year, in fact, sort of working on my second decade, to accomplish some goals. For example: “publish a magazine article,” didn’t happen until 2005 and: “publish a book,” didn’t happen until 2007, but the fact that I did make it happen is a hopeful testament to not giving up even if your goals take longer than you’d hoped or anticipated. “Scuba diving,” I finally accomplished in 2006, but “Skydiving” is still languishing on the original 1990 list, but as far as my wife’s concerned, that particular goal can remain unattained.

         Another thing I’ve learned is, while it’s important to keep the big picture—our ultimate goals—in mind, we can’t neglect the details. For instance, I’m obviously interested in attracting more participants to my website (www.stevepomper.com), but I think I’ve allowed myself to become distracted with: how do I grow my list? There are successful folks with lists of several hundred, a few thousand, or even half a million. However, whenever I’ve delved deeper into those folk’s histories, I almost always find they’ve been around “forever,” and it’s taken them a damn long time to build those bases—typically one person at a time.

         My one primary goal for 2009 is to remember the basics and work to attract folks—one person at a time. To have patience to know that although a focus on the basics may be my goal for this year, it may take three, five, seven, or ten years before I feel I’ve accomplished any degree of what I’ll consider a success in this particular endeavor. Arbitrary, sure, but I figure I’ll know it when I see it, or I’ll have learned another lesson along the way and I won’t care.

         So, let’s have a great year and make it a successful one. After all, it’s all up to us.