Before I roll back the covers on a data point or two, a word about one of the many people in my life I don’t think I have mentioned before.

I will refer only to his first name, since he is still out there on the cutting (or bleeding) edge of technology – in an area that we will get into for readers, as soon as lawyers and yada, yada permits.

But let’s say Vince has made a very nice living for himself in Southern California buying and selling cell tower sites over the years.

We’ve only been friends since we were 14, or so. And yes, this is one of those ham radio buddies from back in the “old school” days.

Vince comes from a family of highly successful people who are visionary. (His dad was the developer of Ocean Shores, WA and Vince is also one of those people who “sees the future” and actually does something about it. I don’t think he’d mind my sharing that.)

So Vince and the Mrs. Live down the road from the Morongo Casino, which is 15 miles or so closer to L.A. than Palm Springs.

As a successful fellow would, Vince has had a succession of boats. One of which lives in a marine at Long Beach while the others have been up north – like Oak Harbor, WA and so on.

But the point – and this is huge: Vince has been around boats, shorelines, estuaries, docks, decks, and piers all of his life.

And we talk – as friends will.

I won’t get this precisely right, but the gist of our conversation this week went like this:

So you and Elaine have been thinking about moving, too?

I explained that we had been but have cooled on the idea since 90 is not unbearably hot and we can grow damn near anything here, the place is paid for, 200 miles from a shoreline, on a minuature mountain of 550 feet, and on and on.

Then I got to my questions for him.

“So, what are you guys looking for?”

Well, we are thinking about something up the coast a ways, far northern California, or southern Oregon. Something about 1,500 feet of elevation that we can look out over the ocean from…but high enough not to worry about tsunamis and earth shifting and…”

We went on for a while and proceeded to give me the layout of the geology – something he looks at all the time as a cell tower development. And, since he’s in that vertical, he has all the terrain maps and computer horsepower on Earth to look at coverage areas, where utilities are and so forth.

I asked why not further north – like up around Reedsport, or up around Tilamook…all really nice country.

Too low.”

We chatted about climate this and that for a while – is it real or not and then he got down to it…

You know the boat down at Long Beach? There;s something funny going on with sea level. Welve had the boat in the same slip for 10 years. And in the past couple of years, the water level has come up over an inch on average. I know because I have put a bunch of marks in.”

When he told me that, a bunch of pieces began to slide into place (which will be on Peoplenomics this weekend as The Wildest Conspiracy Theory EVER. But one small part of it is Vince’s experience in Long Beat at his marine.

There used to ALWAYS be a slight incline to the ramp down to the floating pier. But now, on an exceptional tide, it is now level to slightly DOWNHILL getting to the parking lot. I wouldn’t be surprised within 10 years or so if the parking lot doesn’t begin to get wet on extreme tides.”

That set off alarm bells all over the place.

Because off on the other coast, one of our readers (a yacht broker) has just made a similar observation. Well I’ll be damned.

Ultra long-term readers will remember we covered the story in 1998 or 1999 where a US Geological Survey report figured if all the glaciers in Greenland, and the above water ice were to melt, that the rise in sea level globally would be on the order of 295 FEET.

In one of our earlier Peoplenomics reports (and there must be over a thousand of them in the library on that site, and some day I should index them all) there was an article where we postulated about a 50-100 year future where due to rising sea levels, things like 90 percent of the world’s oil refinieries would be at, or going under, water levels.

Even worse, going on memory from our work back then, is the fact that so much of the world’s food supplies are withing 20 feet or sea level. Not to mention all the ports and on and on…

But this is something we have always held in the back of our minds in terms of planning. And since Vince has all the topo and cartography tools, I may lean on him one of these days if we can ever figure a better place than where we are.

When we read about “islands” sinking beneath the waves, it’s usually sand bars to begin with. And with no Chinese interests about to dredge them back up a ways, it becomes clear that shrinking Earth surface is ahead.

Is is because of Global Warming?

Well, that’s where we have to pause for this morning and get to the Peoplenomics report this weekend.

But as a little thought experiment, you might warm up a bowl of ice cubes that to exactly 31.9 degrees and then see how much energy it takes to push them across state-change to water. Then compare the energy input needed to warm a similar bowl of ice from -30 to water. You’ll get the idea.

Like I said, more Saturday for the people who make these sites possible.

Trading in Human Currency

I mentioned a concept I borrowed from my son (G II) when we were going over family prepping and fall-back plans recently in Wednesday’s PN report.

I thought I would share an interesting example of how to trade in human relations’s simple enough: Get people to like you.

And the most enjoyable way to do that is to have a ready sense of humor.

And example from real life:

There I was at checkout up at the eye doc’s place on Monday and there were some clouds moving in and the lady who was helping me said “I sure hope the rain holds off…”

Well, come to find out, she and her husband have a house and on the side of the house is a deck, and from the deck down to the ground there is some lattice-work.

Earlier this year, they had some torrential rains…and it washed out the hillside, right up to the lattice-work on the side of the deck.

She then explained how she and the Mister had rented a skid steer loader and had put in a retaining wall, several feet out, and they had almost finished back filling, but they didn’t have straw or plants in yet, to hold the soil behind the wall which was only a couple of feet high.

I spied the opportunity to have some fun.

Well, here’s whave I want you and your husband to do, just as soon as you can…qnd this is very important:

Get over to Lowes and get a dozen of so of the pre-started tomato plans and put them in, on that new strip between the lattice and the new retaining wall.”

At first, she thought about it. Then she looked up and gave me this quizzical look.

You mean you don’t know why it is so important to plant you some ‘mater’s there?” I asked with my most Serious George look on.

She shook her head slowly.
Why it’s so you and your husband will always remember yo have LATTICE AND TOMATOES!”

Her laughter (*at having fallen victim to one of my shaggy dog stories) could be heard in half the building.

Didn’t cost but a bit of attention to her plight and as a result, I can guarantee you that I will never have a billing or be kept waiting in line for long.

People trade in a currency other than life and we can print up all we want, any time, on demand.

And unlike the crap with ink on it, this currency never goes out of style and it’s portable to wherever you happen to be going.

Treat others First Class and you’ll generally get the same treatment in return.

Write when you get rich,