HURRICANES ON MY RADAR
Hurricanes have never really been on my radar much, but they have certainly made their presence known in recent years. My familiarity had been pretty much limited to news reports.
My only and closest hurricane encounter was in the late 1950’s when I had occasion to be in Miami -- staying overnight in a motel near the airport awaiting a next day’s flight to Ecuador. Early evening I recall leaving my room for dinner at the restaurant, then for nearby clothing store shopping. When I stepped out of my room, I was confronted with an oppressive wall of humid heat unlike anything I’d ever experienced before. Thinking this was just more of the dense hot humid weather I associated with Florida, I gave little more thought to the matter.
Even more of the intense heavy moist air greeting me the next morning gave me reason to be glad we were flying out. Only on my arrival at my destination did I learn a hurricane had assaulted Miami the day after I left causing me to be glad I wasn’t there.
Now I see as the most recent Harvey and Irma hurricanes have wrought their damage that we have three more raging in the Atlantic ocean: Maria possibly threatening to follow Irma’s path – Jose, though offshore, is spinning with potential impacts further up the U.S. east coast – Tropical Storm Lee is expected to spin itself out with no land warnings issued presently.
Storm language has its own terminology: systems over the Atlantic or the eastern Pacific Oceans are named “hurricanes”. Western North Pacific and Philippines systems are called “typhoons”. Indian and South Pacific Ocean systems are called “cyclones”. Strong destructive winds and flooding rains whatever we call them.
HURRICANES AREN’T ALL THAT CREATE CHAOS
Hurricanes in the U.S. are apropos for the chaotic world our leader and his cohort, Mr. Bannon have been dedicated to creating in their efforts for “deconstruction of the administrative state” with “a new political order being formed.” Continued orchestrated chaos is the order of the day.
Thinking citizens might want to closely examine what that language really means -- not just what some want to believe -- or they may awaken one morning to learn they got more than they expected and not what they wanted at all – but could be too late to preserve the constitutional democratic republic our forefathers created and some of my ancestors fought to establish.
Is the Washington swamp that was to be cleaned out by this Administration increasingly appearing to have been replaced by a cesspool?
Redheads, or “Gingers” as we’re known in some other countries, have a number of distinct features from those with different hair color. Recently my attention has had to be focused on my teeth. A root canal, followed by a crown that came without a kingdom, then my routine cleaning has meant I have had to focus on the condition of those chompers.
I was reminded of what had periodically crossed my mind much of my adult life. Toothpaste commercials, dental caps, implants all touted the bright white teeth they offered. I often wondered why I didn’t seem to have those eye-blinding “pearly white” teeth so highly desired. I had carefully brushed my teeth as recommended.
If I ever mentioned the topic to a dentist, I basically was told just that tooth coloring varied for individuals which seemed sufficient and acceptable to me. This time when I thought about it, I spontaneously decided to see what might be said on the Internet which seems to have an answer for everything. This is what I learned.
One site states there is a scientific reason for why a redhead’s teeth can have a slightly yellowish cast that’s attributed to “a Dental Hygenist” on Yahoo Answers.
The scientific reason given is:
“Embryonically, there are 3 germ layers: ectoderm, mesoderm, and endoderm. The tooth enamel (the outermost part) and the skin both derive from the ectoderm.
….redheads usually have a very fair, translucent skin…in general, their skin is thinner than that of people with other hair colors…having been derived from the ectoderm, their tooth enamel is thinner, as well
…the effect you see, due to the thinner enamel, is more of the underlying tooth surface (dentin) showing through the enamel…dentin is normally a yellowish or grayish color.
As a result, the redhead’s teeth will appear to be less white, because more dentin is apparent.”
There is a web site for a purported dentist promoting teeth whitening that says hair color has nothing to do with tooth color. Yellow teeth indicate lack of proper dental care. Well, I know my teeth have had and still do have appropriate care.
I don’t know if the purported scientific explanation is reliable and authentic or not as I couldn’t locate a credible science link. I’ll ask my dentist when I see him next year – if I remember.