2007.10.24 It's all so hot

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

I look forward to Rolling Stone magazine’s Hot List. I don’t recall if it’s an annual event or something that appears more often, but for me it’s the time to find out how culturally illiterate I really am.

People I’ve never heard of doing things I didn’t know were possible using tools I never knew existed.

The implication of the Hot List is that this is what’s big these days. For someone living in a place such as Morenci, it’s more like a look into the future, a glimpse of what will eventually trickle down to Little Town. Or not.

Here’s a tidbit that caught my fancy, although the use of the invention in Morenci is somewhat limited. There are two guys who call themselves the Graffiti Research Lab and their business is urban communication.

They’ve developed the technology for creating gigantic laser graffiti on the sides of skyscrapers. It looks like someone picked up a can of spray paint and painted a glowing slogan in the night—across a 20 story building. The image even has realistic drips, and it all disappears with the touch of a button.

That hot report is filed under Tech. When you go to jobs, you learn there’s a hot new opportunity in marijuana trimming. It’s listed as particularly good work for the nomadic surfer/snowboard type who occasionally needs to earn some cash.

Every fall, hundreds of young people head for the marijuana farms of northern California or British Columbia to extract marijuana buds from the leaf and stalk. It pays $250 a pound, plus all you can smoke.

Once again, not the sort of work you’re likely to find in this part of the country.

The Hot Land Grab section points to six areas of the country that will be ripe for investment as the world turns warmer. Rolling Stone puts it this way: “Want to make a buck off climate change? Get a jump on the land rush that will inevitably accompany environmental disaster if warming continues at current rates.”

Rising seas and warmer temperatures make several areas look less attractive, but the Northwest and the Northeast are looking good. Northern New England could become the new wine country.

And this area? We’re right in the middle of the scale for temperature increases. You’re going to sweat it out here on the farm.

The Hot Conspiracy Theory, naturally, is the NAFTA Superhighway. Twelve lanes wide, from Mexico City to Toronto—the road that will destroy America and merge us into a single nation with our neighbors to the north and south.

This one is so hot that the Montana legislature passed a resolution stating its opposition. Some people have already obtained the new Amero coin that we will all use. Presidential candidate Ron Paul says it’s very real; Dick Cheney says it isn’t. Now who are you going to believe?

One of the roadmaps has it coming right up I-69 past Angola, Ind., so this hot myth almost touches us.

Check out the Hot Youngsters tip. Thirteen-year-old Ivan and and his 11-year-old sister Ada make up the garage-punk music duo Tiny Masters of Today. David Bowie says they’re genius and apparently he’s still hot enough that his words have meaning.

Ivan says he’d like to buy a school bus, splatter paint it, fill it with vending machines and drive it across the country. But that’s a few years down the Superhighway when he actually obtains a driver’s license.

The Hot Mood is described as ignoring reality. It’s what keeps America moving forward through an endless war, a sagging economy, an erosion of rights, a changing climate—oh, did I mention a growing paranoia?

Just don’t tell me about it and it will surely all go away.

What’s hot in Morenci? There’s a new rooster in the neighborhood. I’ve heard it crowing now and then.

I know it’s illegal and I figure someone will complain and then an area family will be dining on chicken soup before long. But for now, that rooster makes my Morenci Hot List ‘07.

File it under Hot Morning Sound.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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