Badtux the Snarky Penguin

In a time of chimpanzees, I was a penguin.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Local warming

The scientists say that the globe is warming. I'm not going to comment on that other than to say that, as a penguin, it's not my place to say whether the globe is warming or not -- that's scientists' job. Rather, I'm going to talk about another issue: local warming.

Until fifteen years ago, air conditioning was almost unknown in the city where I live. Only large commercial buildings had air conditioning. Residential buildings had windows. You got hot, you open a window. Since the temperature rarely hit 80 degrees on summer afternoons, and was always 75 or less by bedtime, it worked fine.

These last fifteen years, however, have been a scorcher. Yesterday was bright, sunny, and ... 83F according to both the bank sign and the thermometer on the dashboard of my Jeep. Today is supposed to be even hotter. And it was only March 11, not July, not August. March. Not even freakin' *SPRING* yet. And I had to turn on my air conditioner to keep from stifling.

Global warming? I'll let the scientists make that call. All I'll say is that keeping my iceberg afloat seems like it's requiring an aweful lot more air conditioning than it used to...

-- Badtux the Overheated Penguin

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Posted by: BadTux / 3/12/2007 01:25:00 PM  


If you run short on ice to keep floating, let me know and I'll empty out my ice from the ice maker and send it your way.
# posted by pissed off patricia : 12/3/07 3:15 PM  

Hah. It was 20 degrees last week in NYC. And it's still pretty chilly. Where do y'all live, anyway?
# posted by The Truffle : 12/3/07 6:44 PM  

Truffle, my iceberg is currently docked in the San Francisco Bay area of California.

- Badtux the Overheated Penguin
# posted by BadTux : 12/3/07 9:27 PM  

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