Thunderclouds gather in the distance, but they provide little in the way of moisture. The lightning show can be spectacular and the rainbows can arch over the Manzanos in a way that makes you want to park your car and just look.
But still there is very little moisture. Valencia County, according to our calculations, has experienced less than an inch of rain this year. Where is our monsoon season?
Shouldn’t there be an address where we could write Mother Nature and complain to her about our lack of moisture? Shouldn’t she be watching out for her children, since her forests are exploding into flames?
They tell us that God never gives you more than you can handle — but it seems this year he’s given us less. Less moisture, less alfalfa, less respite from summer heat.
What are we left to do? Well, it boils down to either silently accepting it or griping full-time. There are a lot of us falling in both categories — some of us fall into both in a single day.
What should we do? Declare a personal drought and heat emergency and eat lots and lots of ice cream, take turns petting the dog so his tail will act as a natural fan, wear shorts to work and keep your legs far under the desk, watch lots of scary movies for their chilling effect and do all your work after dark.
Put off brain work until fall. Heat is not conducive to deep thought. But then, after reading this, you already knew that, didn’t you?
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