Here's the Scoop: August 20, 2014
Weather or not
Some friends stopped by the other day and one of them remarked what a lovely summer it’s been.
“Oh, have you been away?” I responded.
As humans, we tend to judge life in terms of years and seasons. “Lovely” is not a word to describe recent months.
After I recovered from my momentary shock, I followed up with another question, just to reinforce my viewpoint. “What did you enjoy most — the nearly daily rainfall or the chilly temperatures that made outdoor activities a rare occurrence?”
I then had to repeat my sarcastic comment when my friend said she couldn’t hear me because the polar fleece I had pulled up around my neck muffled my words.
The real irony of this was the fact that my wife had made a similar remark about the “nice” summer weather the day before. A small argument followed, and I explained that my feelings about the season fall into a “gray area” — similar to the rain clouds that have been so common. I was then accused of being a pessimist.
“Maybe so,” I responded, “but how many days have we even had morning coffee on the porch?”
Not giving in yet
My wife admitted that I might be right about this fact, but said she’s still liked the summer. I could have gone into the lack of bike riding opportunities, but figured it was better to quit while I was only behind by a little.
“I guess I did save a bundle by not having to run the air conditioner at the office too much,” I agreed.
We all have our own interpretations of the world around us, so there’s no real sense in arguing over each other’s perceptions of most things — but I’m still secretly (except in this column) clinging to my belief that this summer won’t go down among my favorites. Unless the Orioles win the World Series, of course. But that would probably be categorized under “Glorious falls.” Still, I think I could use the summer as the lead to the title. That makes sense. I’m not counting on anything, though, just hoping.
Can’t live without it
Whenever these “disagreements” arise over people’s interpretations of the weather, it always makes me think about how boring it must be to live in one of those climates where the weather is pretty much the same on a daily basis. Are people always in good moods? Do they greet each other on a daily basis with “Lovely day, isn’t it?” And mean it.
The thought of waking up to the same type of weather every day seems kind of boring to me. But, I will admit that I pay a bit more interest than I used to when the “Snow birds” come into the News office to change their subscriptions to their winter address.
Still, I guess the “four season” effect is the reason that people choose to live in places like the northeast. That and a love of getting stuck in a snow banks.
— Brian Sweeney