By Wayne William Cipriano
You may have noticed that we have had quite a bit of rain lately. Not as much as some and more than others, but a considerable amount nevertheless, and more promised. We have been farming for some time now and so we have learned what happens when you complain about the rain. We are certainly not doing that.
One may point out, however, that this precipitation is greeted with measured joy depending on where you live and what you do.
The number of low water crossings between your home and other important places is always a factor. We are lucky in that we have only two such locations. The roads you use are also something to think about. If you live on a dirt road as do we, in the western edge of Douglas county, and you have a fellow who takes such good care of the county roads around here like Bud Hampton, then the work that has been done all year on the roads really shows when even after such continued pourings –– no cavernous pot holes, no gullies, no washouts occur to lend some excitement to travel.
If you use the roads to get to indoor employment of one type or another and they are elevated and hard-topped, the rains require but more frequent use of windshield washers and wipers, lights, more frequent car washings, and more careful, and hopefully, slower driving.
If your employment is related to construction, the rain has a huge effect on your paycheck and your consternation is easily understood.
If your vocation or employment, depending on the seriousness with which you go about it, involves agriculture like raising cattle for example, or selling hay, as much farming around here does, the rain is truly a mixed blessing that relies so much on timing and the luck of heavy storm positioning.
And, if your livelihood depends on weather forecasting once again your scientific prognostications that it may rain or it may not and it may be heavy or not quite so is again completely correct and your continued employment is secure.