Mountain Musings




Too Hot


That little heat wave we had a couple of weeks ago was just a preview of what’s to come this summer. Man, it was hotter than a witch’s broomstick – so hot, in fact, I actually witnessed a squirrel fanning its nuts… acorns, of course.


According to many, it’s a sign of global warming. Some say global warming is a hoax but, according to scientists and climatologists, it’s the real deal, so whom do you believe? I tend to believe my thermometer… I mean, when’s the last time it was so hot this early in the year?


“Oh, it’s too hot, too hot, lady, too hot. Gotta run for shelter, gotta run for shade, it’s too hot, too hot, lady, too hot…” (“Too Hot” – Kool And The Gang – 1979)


It seems like the jury is still out on the authenticity of global warming and whether it’s man-made. Actually, the earth has experienced numerous warming and cooling periods and melting of polar ice caps over the millennia. However, recent studies blame man-made global warming for our extended drought and earlier than usual wildfire season.


Regardless of whom you believe, it still may be prudent to err on the side of caution, just in case it really is man-made. According to top scientists, burning fossil fuels such as natural gas, coal, oil and gasoline raises the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which in turn contributes to the greenhouse effect and global warming.


We can all do our part to reduce carbon emissions by choosing reusable products instead of disposables and by recycling paper, plastic, newspapers, glass and aluminum cans. Also, adding insulation to your attic and walls and weather stripping or caulking around doors and windows not only lowers heating and cooling expenses, but also helps reduce carbon emissions related to unnecessary energy production. Even better, how about planting a tree to convert all that carbon dioxide into clean, pure oxygen.


Over the years, we’ve had several old-fashioned ice cream parlors around these parts. Several have come and gone at Lake Arrowhead Village over the years, as well as along Crestline’s Lake Drive. Who remembers when the “A” Burger was an A&W Restaurant and you could go there for a root beer float? Back in the 80s there was also MaRu’s (Mary & Ruth’s) Ice Cream Shoppe. Having these places in town sure did beat driving down to the Tastee Freeze that was next to the gas station on 40th Street… talk about wasting energy.


But now, we have Goodwin’s Market’s good old-fashioned ice cream bar and soda fountain. Think I’ll head down there for a good old-fashioned hot fudge sundae… yum, yum!


“It’s so, so hot, baby, too hot. Yes, it’s so hot I can’t take it. I can’t stand no more, baby… Whoooooooooa, baby, too hot.”


Keep it flyin’, Uncle Mott