Monday, June 22, 2009


Even people who normally don't seem to care have been complaining about the rain.

It's even more depressing when you do the math. There have been only a few dry days this month, and June is almost shot. That's one-third of summer. Independence Day is less than two weeks away. It won't be long before we're seeing back to school sales, and hearing Jerry Lewis get ready for his song.

I enjoy catching up on my sleep, on a rainy day, more than most people. When you work weekends, and at night, and snooze during the day, the weather really isn't a factor. I have to admit the rain is getting to me.

It was particularly bad this weekend. There were so many parties and festivals that were diminished because of the clouds and showers. The U.S. Open golf tournament on Long Island wasn't pretty.

Trying to look on the bright side, there's still a lot of summer left, even though this ugly weather pattern shows no signs of changing.

You have to put it all in perspective. Areas along the Susquehanna River were covered in flood water 37 years ago this week. I remember it vividly, even though I was well outside the flood plain and only 10 years old at the time. Rivers, creeks and streams are now swollen and potentially dangerous, but we're still quite a distance away from severe flood danger.

There's nothing you can do abut the rain, other than hope it soon will be over.