Tuesday, April 03, 2007

One Shining Moment

I watched the national championship game last night, and, as they always do, after the game CBS played "One Shining Moment," the Luther Vandross song that goes with a montage of footage from the tournament. And I almost turned the TV off, because "One Shining Moment" has seemed to me in the past to be almost hackneyed, clich├ęd.

But I didn't, and I watched it, and as I did I saw some of the great moments from the tournament, and I remembered that I had witnessed some of those moments in person. In a very small way, I had been part of this tournament. Their moments, my moments...

One shining moment, it's all on the line
One shining moment, there frozen in time
One shining moment, you reached for the sky
One shining moment, you were willing to try
One shining moment, you reached deep inside
One shining moment, you knew you were alive.

It's getting deep in here

I went to a lecture yesterday on the politics of global warming. The professor suggested that one indicator of the seriousness of global warming and sea level rise is that insurance companies are less willing to cover coastal properties.

Which I thought was a bit silly given that he'd just spent the last few minutes talking about how there has been an upturn in destructive hurricanes since 1994. And I wondered if maybe insurance companies were less worried about sea level rise than about those same hurricanes. And yes, I know that some say the increase in hurricanes is related to global warming, and maybe it is, or maybe it isn't. But I do know that, whatever the cause, hurricanes are something of a short-term problem compared to sea level rise, and insurance companies tend toward the short term, that being when they make and lose the most money, because they can always cancel a policy or raise their rates based on the risk.

So on the whole? Not buying it. Of course, if he is right, I'll have to invest in some of that famous oceanfront property in Arizona.

That is, assuming I can get it insured.