Sunday, December 8, 2013
Things that Followed Me Home
by Pa Rock
It is Sunday afternoon and I have been back in Arizona almost two complete days. Somehow I managed to return with both a cold and the cold. I am sick, sicker than I can remember being over the past several years - with a runny nose and hacking cough that could wake Jimmy Hoffa. Every time I almost get to sleep, the cough reminds me that I am not worthy of sleep. My nose is running to the point that a complete stranger in a store stepped up and offered me a tissue – which I took!
The weather when I first arrived in Missouri on Thanksgiving Day was crisp, clear, and beautiful. By the time I left last Friday, Kansas City had a light dusting of snow and very cold temperatures – and the other two communities which I had visited on the trip, West Plains, Missouri, and Rogers, Arkansas, were buried under ten or more inches of ice and snow.
Now, back in Arizona, things are also cold – by Arizona standards. It is jacket and coat weather. The temperature tonight is supposed to drop down to thirty-five degrees – a far cry below the 118 degrees that we suffered through for a week last June.
Gilda Radner said it best: “It’s always something.”
(Another great Gilda line, which she said while portraying Miss Emily Litella, was. “What’s all this I hear about Presidential erections?” When Chevy Chase corrected her and said people had been talking about Presidential elections, and not erections, she replied with a very flustered, “Oh. That’s very different. Never mind.”)
A local retailer in West Plains was supposed to install carpeting in my home there tomorrow. I’m guessing that won’t happen – unless they bring it in by sled! The good news is that I don’t have to trudge out through the snow to give the chickens water that isn’t frozen – at least not this year!
One thing that did not follow me back to Arizona was the power cord for my laptop computer. I forgot it in Kansas City, and Tim has shipped it out here by FedEx – where a two day delivery will only take four. (It sounds like FedEx truly is trying to compete with the U.S.Postal Service – on their level.) The cord is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday afternoon. The charge on my little computer will expire later today or tomorrow at the latest – so don’t be surprised if the Ramble doesn’t go up tomorrow. I will call it my vacation!
But in the meantime, enjoy the cold – and know that Professor Limbaugh is using these uncomfortable temperatures as proof positive that global warming is a hoax! (And so is he!)