Pat Shingleton: "Melatonin and Pants-On-The-Ground"
In South Louisiana atmospheric characteristics offer marvelous sunrises and sunsets. Research indicates that after sunset there are physical benefits. Scientists have discovered that only when it's really dark can your body produce the hormone melatonin. Melatonin fights diseases, including breast and prostate cancer. Small amounts of light around your bed at night switch off the production of melatonin. A dark night may keep certain cancers under control. Light during the evening hours, even emanating from your bedroom television, turns on other immune system hormones that should be activated only in daytime. If these hormones are depleted, you could be more likely to catch a cold. Scientists believe nature also needs darkness, as animals' immune systems grow weak if there's artificial light at night. So turn off everything, enjoy your rest and wake up to enjoy a beautiful sunrise. Finally, years ago, Baker City Council placed "saggy" pants on the agenda which reminded me of a story. We always enjoyed visits to Uncle Sam Biggins' farm. He was the picture of hard work, always displaying a load of tobacco in his cheek and walking bowlegged to his barn to climb a tractor or bridle a horse. My visits with young lads remind me of Sam, inquiring if "positioning" britches made them a tad cooler. A few noted that wearing saggy pants, south of the waist, provided some cooling. With a hand on his belt, I questioned one fellow as to the difficulty in strolling "bowlegged" in the heat of the day? He said he maneuvered a little slower as I assumed less energy exertion caused the cool down. I shared Larry Platt's rap-tune "Pants on the Ground" with him...he sort of liked it.