I have a reputation for taking bad weather with me wherever I go. People can be enjoying balmy sunshine for weeks on end, and the day after I arrive it starts to snow or they get a record rainfall. At our Gypsy Journal rally in Yuma, Arizona years ago, they got their whole year’s quota of rain on the day we were parking everybody for the event.
But when longtime reader Steve Fischer sent me this radar map from Essex Junction, Vermont, showing big storms where the Escapees RV Club is holding its rally this coming week, I was able to claim innocence. I’m way over here in Indiana minding my own business, so don’t blame me.
Of course, the entire Midwest is in the middle of a terrible heat wave that has been hanging on for days now, so maybe I’m not entirely innocent in what’s happening here.
I was talking to my buddy Greg White the other day about the different parts of the country we like and might consider for our “someday home” if we ever hang up the keys. The two places we like the most are a continent apart, the Long Beach Peninsula on the Washington coast, and the area around New Smyrna Beach, Florida. If we could afford it I would think about trying to get a place in each location, but the commute would kill us.
Both places have a lot to offer of the things that we like, and both places also have a few months a year that really suck. In the Pacific Northwest, the winters are cold and wet for about four months, I know, because I got my start in the newspaper business on the Northwest coast many years ago. On the other hand, in Florida the summers are hot and sticky for about four months. In one place you go from your warm house to your warm car to a warm store, and in the other you go from your air-conditioned house to your air-conditioned car to an air-conditioned store. Take your pick.
And yes, I know they have hurricanes in Florida, and the doom and gloom prognosticators say the entire west coast is going to fall into the ocean someday. I plan to be out of town that week, so I’m not really worried about it.
I actually watch the weather pretty closely in both places, as well as where we are right now. For the last couple of weeks, temperatures in the New Smyrna Beach area have been within 4 or 5 degrees of what we’re having here in Elkhart, Indiana, so it’s really no big deal. We’re doing the same thing here that we would be doing if we were down there, staying inside and appreciating the air-conditioning most of the time.
Meanwhile, it’s in the mid to upper 60s on the Oregon and Washington coasts, and our pal Nancy Kissack has been busy flying kites. I hate Nancy.
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Thought For The Day – Give a man a parachute, and he’ll fly for a day. Throw a man from a plane, and he’ll fly for the rest of his life.