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22Jan

2019 Arrives Wet & Wild

Happy New Year every one! Looks like we had a wet, cold and windy beginning to this year. It is now nearing the end of January and this morning it is a frosty 3 degrees. I’m glad outhouses are ancient history; at least in our neck of the woods. Can you imagine a frostbitten “seat” on a frigid morning? Elsewhere in the nation there was heavy snow storms, flooding and hurricanes. Even an earthquake. Here in the downtown “D” we were experiencing a lot of rain, high winds and cold conditions until now. For January we are used to snow shovels and rock salt not umbrellas that are blown inside-out. Guess who is out there in these frigid temperatures?  Our wonderful seniors! Waiting for buses or just walking to get to where-ever. Wheel chairs, walkers, canes; they make it. We all need to take a lesson from them.

Just to mention Global Warming briefly here is an example: tomorrow the temperature will be 29. The next day is 40 degrees with rain. This yo-yo weather is all over the nation. I wanted to see what might be predicted for 2019 so I checked Google. An El Nino event is very likely underway, amping up extreme weather already made worse by climate change and increasing the odds that 2019 will be the hottest year in recorded human history scientists warn.

Here at home the sounds of construction, slowed down by the winter weather, continue. My building renovation still has a ways to go. There are a lot of new projects slated for 2019 and other changes. One of which is the re-naming of  Chene Park to Aretha Franklin Park. The Joe Louis Arena will be coming down. How this will effect the People Mover I’m not sure. Service will undoubtedly be down for a long while. It would be a lot easier if this huge empty building were turned into a senior center which we really need. Tell that to the “powers that be” if they will listen. Coming soon: The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy plans to open Atwater Beach complete with “sandy” beach, play areas for kids and food and drinks. The park will also feature a floating café barge serving food and drinks. Everything but swimming!  Close by is the Detroit Princess offering summertime cruises. For more information on other projects check out Google.

’Til next time.

~Michelle

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