Alan Rhodes

A Second Spring

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Fall is here and it’s beautiful, the best of times. I also like a couple of the other seasons. Winter is cozy, a nice time for baking, for reading in front of the fireplace, and it’s definitely the best season for sleeping. Spring is green and fresh and rejuvenating.

Summer, on the other hand, pretty much sucks. Summer gets hot. I hate hot. I can tolerate an occasional hot day, and that’s what we used to have here before we started frying the planet. This past summer we had days in the 80s. The 80s are for deranged individuals who like living in horrible places like Florida. The 80s have no business being in the Pacific Northwest.

We also get wildfire smoke in the summer, days and days of it. Climatologists tell us we can expect more big fires, another side effect of the climate change we’re causing. And we call ourselves an intelligent species?

But now fall is here, the queen of seasons, what Camus called “a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Smell that crisp autumn air. Look at that mellow autumn sun that has the good sense to start setting by dinner time, rather than hanging around until 10 o’clock at night. And it knows better than to blast through your bedroom window early in the morning when you could still use more sleep.

Yep, this is the good life, when the light is golden, the leaves turn glorious colors, migratory birds start coming back, the Whatcom Symphony, begins a new season, you can stash the garden tools, and the tourists go home.

I also like fall because that’s when we have general elections. I love voting. I am annoyed by people who don’t vote. I think they are slackers and ninnies. Every excuse I’ve ever heard for not voting is stupid.

“I don’t have time.” What? Your time is so valuable that you can’t darken in some spaces on a ballot and stick it in a prepaid postage envelope? Sorry, pal, but nobody is that important. Will Western civilization collapse while you take time off to fill out your ballot?

“I don’t like the candidates.” So what? You’re not picking your new best friend. You’re choosing the candidate who’s likely to do the most good or the least harm.

“Voting won’t change anything.” Seriously? Franklin Roosevelt got us social security. Herbert Hoover, his Republican opponent, opposed it. Lynden Johnson got us a Civil Rights Act and Medicare. Barry Goldwater, his Republican opponent, opposed them.

“There’s no difference between the two parties.” Really? See the item directly above.

“I don’t care about politics.” You should. Politics affect just about everything: your paycheck, your health care, the quality of your schools, the internet you use, the air you breathe.

There are numerous other reasons that people give for not voting, but they are equally stupid.

Wait a minute, I set out to write a column on the pleasures of autumn. I seem to have gotten off track. Oh well, as long we’re here, let’s close with a worthwhile action that voters in the 42nd District can take in next month’s election: Clear out the deadwood. That means all the incumbents.

State representatives Luanne Van Werven and Vincent Buys need to go. Van Werven is blinded by reactionary ideas that do more harm than good. According to the Washington State Labor Council she has voted against the interests of working people 84 percent of the time.

Vincent Buys is a gullible fellow who seems to have swallowed a lot of silly trickle-down economic theories and “miracle of the market-place” ideas that bear no relation whatsoever to the way the world actually works.

Check out their voting records at votesmart.org. Van Werven and Buys are not bad people; they just have bad ideas. They should be courteously shown to the door.

State Senator Doug Ericksen, on the other hand, is a bad person, an arrogant, opportunistic, self-serving corporate lackey. Doug should be kicked out the door. Most of his campaign funds come from corporations, energy companies, PACs and special interests. Apparently Doug keeps them happy, because they keep writing him checks. Look up Doug’s voting record too. While you’re at it, pair Doug’s name with “corporate contributions” or “corrupt,” Google it, then sit back for some enlightening reading. For a zany and surreal adventure, Google “Ericksen and Cambodia.”

OK, that’s it for now. Enjoy this beautiful autumn. And don’t be a slacker or a ninny. Be sure to vote.

Past Columns
The Lilliputian Gazette

November 20, 2019

Election Elucidations

October 15, 2019

Buying Sedro-Woolley

September 4, 2019

Rescued by Rachmaninoff

July 17, 2019

Hurrahs and Harangues

May 8, 2019

Ranting and Raving

March 6, 2019

Bellingham 2050

February 13, 2019

Looking Backward

January 2, 2019

Joy to the World

December 19, 2018

Dog Days Deliberations

September 12, 2018

Mr. Cranky’s Files

July 11, 2018

Can We Talk?

June 20, 2018

Midnight Musings

May 16, 2018

April Fools

April 4, 2018

Rollo and Me

March 7, 2018

Egregious linguistic offenses

February 14, 2018

Events
Today
Holiday Pet Food Drive

10:00am|Whatcom County

Deck the Old City Hall

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Giving Tree

9:00am|Village Books

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am

The Naughty List Market and Cabaret

2:00pm|Broadway Hall

Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar

4:00pm|Swim Club

Treasure Island

7:00pm|Sehome High School Theater

Shrek the Musical

7:00pm|Burlington-Edison High School

Crazy for You

7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

A Christmas Carol

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Number the Stars

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Wild Things

9:30am|Connelly Creek Nature Area

Toys for Tots

10:00am

Pacific Arts Market

10:00am| Sunset Square

Holiday Tea

11:00am|Willowbrook Manor

Holiday Craft Bazaar

3:30pm|Lynden Library

Drayton Harbor Shellebration

4:00pm|G Street Plaza

Gingerbread House Making

4:30pm|Ferndale Library

Christmas on the Docks

5:00pm|Cap Sante Marina

Photos and Stories with James K. Papp

5:00pm|Gallery Pegasus

Wonderland Walk

5:00pm|Washington Park

Valley Made Holiday Market

5:00pm|Maplehurst Farm

Kids Night Out @ Western

6:00pm|Western Washington University

Lost Feast

7:00pm|Village Books

Honk! The Musical

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Darkness and Light

7:30pm|St. James Presbyterian Church

Narnia the Musical

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Christmastime is Here with Skagit Symphony

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Tarnation and Holiday Games

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Tomorrow
Holiday Pet Food Drive

10:00am|Whatcom County

Deck the Old City Hall

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Giving Tree

9:00am|Village Books

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am

Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar

4:00pm|Swim Club

Shrek the Musical

7:00pm|Burlington-Edison High School

Treasure Island

7:00pm|Sehome High School Theater

Number the Stars

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

A Christmas Carol

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Crazy for You

7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

Pacific Arts Market

10:00am| Sunset Square

Toys for Tots

10:00am

Holiday Tea

11:00am|Willowbrook Manor

Christmas on the Docks

5:00pm|Cap Sante Marina

Wonderland Walk

5:00pm|Washington Park

Valley Made Holiday Market

5:00pm|Maplehurst Farm

Honk! The Musical

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Tarnation and Holiday Games

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Darkness and Light

7:30pm|St. James Presbyterian Church

Narnia the Musical

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

NSEA Work Party

9:00am

Breakfast with Santa

9:00am|Sedro-Woolley Community Center

Winter Faire

10:00am|Whatcom Hills Waldorf School

Winter Arts & Crafts Festival

10:00am|Pioneer Park Pavilion

Old-Fashioned Christmas Market

10:00am|Friday Harbor Brickworks

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am|Depot Market Square

Fairhaven Winterfest

10:00am|Historic Fairhaven

Sumas Book Club

10:00am|Sumas Library

Mastering Wisteria

10:30am|Full Bloom Farm

Award-Winning Book Club

10:30am|Lynden Library

Snow Geese of Skagit

10:30am|Christianson's Nursery

Your Life is a Story Writers Group

10:30am| South Whatcom Library

Saltadena Celebration

11:00am|Saltadena Bakery

Winter Wonderland Gift Gala

11:00am|Carnation Building

Holiday Craft Bazaars

11:30am

Holiday Maker's Market

12:00pm|Terramar Brewing and Distilling

Holiday Joy with Fidalgo Youth Symphony

1:00pm|McIntyre Hall

Holiday Tea and Crafts

1:00pm|North Fork Library

Festive Feasting Reception

1:00pm|Good Earth Pottery

Teen Art Fair

2:00pm|Blaine Library

Big Holiday reds tasting

2:00pm|eifert & Jones Wine Merchants

Shrinking the Worry Monster

2:00pm|Village Books

Birding for Kids

2:30pm

Bowman Bay Holiday

3:00pm|Bowman Bay

Noel Ensemble

3:00pm|Jansen Art Center

A Deep Dive Into Eve Deisher's Psyche

3:00pm|Museum of Northwest Art

One Meditation

4:00pm| Boulevard Park

The Nativity

6:30pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Early Railroads of Whatcom County

7:00pm|Village Books

Contra Dance

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Center Into Solstice

7:00pm|Cafe Blue

Holiday History Hi-Jinks

7:00pm|Downtown Bellingham

Winter Solstice Concert with SeaMuse

7:30pm|Firehouse Arts and Events Center

Cidertails with Alexine Langdon

7:30pm|housand Acre Cider House

Heralding Christmas with Skagit Valley Chorale

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

The Kelley World Tour

7:30pm|Lummi Island Library

Sunday
Holiday Pet Food Drive

10:00am|Whatcom County

Deck the Old City Hall

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Giving Tree

9:00am|Village Books

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am

Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar

4:00pm|Swim Club

Number the Stars

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Crazy for You

7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

Pacific Arts Market

10:00am| Sunset Square

Christmas on the Docks

5:00pm|Cap Sante Marina

Valley Made Holiday Market

5:00pm|Maplehurst Farm

Honk! The Musical

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Narnia the Musical

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Winter Wonderland Gift Gala

11:00am|Carnation Building

The Nativity

6:30pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Heralding Christmas with Skagit Valley Chorale

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Sedro-Woolley Community Breakfast

8:00am|American Legion Post #43

Langar in Lynden

11:00am| Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara

Celtic Yuletide

3:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Scarlett and Dicey

4:00pm|Village Books

Vaudevillingham

7:00pm|Cirque Lab

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