First, check out this mind-blowing video of a 150 pound mountain lion running through a densely populated part of urban Chicago.
I’ll comment below.
Today, the temperature topped out at a sunny 108 degrees. Not counting wind chill. Ha! (An old Chicago thing of mine.) I saw a puddle of purple stuff in the back of my Blazer, and investigated: a liquified crayon. Our electric bill was so outrageous last summer, we a) went on the PG&E budget plan, and b) turned the a/c waaaay down… up, I mean, to a toasty internal temp of 84. Think about that, men. We’re cooling our house all the way down to 84. As I see it, if global warming is a problem, air conditioning is the solution, right?*
By now, my Chicago friends are thinking, “Are you crazy for moving to a place that hits 108 in May?” To which, I reply,
1. “I live in California, but which state just had an earthquake?” That’s right. That old New Madrid fault that runs through Illinois, gave you guys a 5.4 on the Richter Scale, on April 18, 2008. The headlines held wonderful irony for me.
2. “I live on the wild frontier of literally millions of acres of wilderness under control of the U.S. Bureau of Land management, but who just shot a mountain lion in the middle of town?” On April 15, the Chicago police shot and killed a 150 pound cougar in the middle of residential Chicago, not even 10 minutes from Wrigley Field. Here’s the full story. As I boasted to my California friends, Chicago cops know how to kill a mountain lion.
What are the odds that I would move to northern California and that my friends in Chicago would have an earthquake and a mountain lion first?
There’s a Bible story in which bad King Ahab goes to war. He fears that his kingly attire would make him stand out like a Baptist in a mosh pit**, so he goes incognito. Ahab, commanded his troops in the attire of an enlisted man. Here’s how the story ends:
“Now a certain man drew a bow at random, and struck the king of Israel between the joints of his armor. So he said to the driver of his chariot, “Turn around and take me out of the battle, for I am wounded.” The battle increased that day, and the king of Israel propped himself up in his chariot facing the Syrians until evening; and about the time of sunset he died.” 2Ch 18:33,34.
A certain mountain lion ventured from South Dakota to Wrigley field, at random. A certain fault line in Illinois shifted, at random. Call it a 5.4 magnitude.
Providence: the Heidelberg Catechism defines providence as “the almighty and ever-present power of God whereby he still upholds, as it were by his own hand, heaven and earth together with all creatures, and rules in such a way that leaves and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and unfruitful years, food and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, and everything else, come to us not by chance but by his fatherly hand” (Question 27).
I like that.
(*I will delete comments from anybody who takes that seriously).
(**Credits to my friend Dave Meurer for that line).