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Sunday, August 11 2002


I am enjoying Jonís messages about his vacation in Europe because I know that is one place I will never have the opportunity to visit. I especially appreciate his comments on the rain, the heat and the moments when the rain ceases. It has always fascinated me how the weather can influence my opinion and feelings about people and places. For instance, the mere mention of Ralph Nadar makes me cringe. I know he is a good man who has fought for many good causes but a hot humid evening in a very hot auditorium turned me against him. By the time he reached the stage to speak, I was soaked with sweat and the intense humidity fogged my glasses. I was so miserable; I left before he finished speaking. On the other hand, when I was a young man, I met a girl one summer evening. The moon was bright. The stars twinkled and the air was warm. We talked for several hours on a grass-covered hillside. That girl wasnít good looking and more importantly, she wasnít very nice to me. Yet, she had a special place in my heart for years after we first met.

I know Alabama is a beautiful state and home for many people, some of whom are family and friends. Nevertheless, I have no desire to ever go there again. In the summer of 1962, a friend drove me from Keesler Air Force Base to Mobile to catch a flight home. The car wasnít air-conditioned and the heat and humidity were so intense that even putting the car windows down didnít help. When we reached the airport, I was as soaked as if I had walked in the rain. To this day, I think of Alabama as being hot, muggy and unpleasant. Mississippi has the same type weather, as does Alabama yet my impressions of it arenít as negative even though I spent 8 months there. The difference is that I arrived in Mississippi in January when the climate is more moderate.

Now, California has temperatures as warm or warmer than does the south, yet, to me, the weather was much more pleasant because of the low humidity. Thus, California has more appealing memories to me than does either Alabama or Mississippi. I went to California in the summer of 1959 and never saw rain till December of that year. Nevertheless, when the rain did come, I enjoyed it. Neighbors thought I was crazy when I would go walking when others were seeking shelter. I donít mind getting wet from the outside in but hate getting wet from the inside out. So your mentioning of the rain in England and Ireland, Jon, didnít turn me against those countries. On the other hand, the heat and humidity....

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—"You'll sit there 'till all that spinach is finished!"

óSent by Mike Harrison

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I have known sorrow and learned to aid the wretched.

óVirgil, Aeneid

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