Rain was reliable Saturday, persistent Sunday
By Bill Kirby | Columnist
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.

-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Was it just me, or did it rain 16 times on Sunday?

First it was sunny. Then a shower. Then sunny. Then another shower.

Again and again and again. I got rained on in the church parking lot (before and after). I got rained on in the grocery parking lot. I got rained on walking the dog.

When it finally looked like it was over, I went jogging in a nearby park and passed a woman who appeared to be power walking.

"You should have brought an umbrella," she said as I trotted past.

Fifteen minutes later, she was right.

Of course, that was the opposite of Saturday, which just soaked everything. I almost made it through the whole day without leaving the house, but I finally gave in when my wife sent me out for a takeout order because she didn't want to cook out in a downpour.

She said since she'd gone out for both the morning paper and the mail, it was the least that I could do.

And, as they say at my house, when it comes to doing the least, I'm at my best.

LONELY PARENTS: We were by ourselves this weekend, too. Our son went on a church trip to a faraway state that lacks consistent cell phone service.

At church Sunday morning all the parents were exchanging notes to see if anyone's teen had phoned home. None I talked to had.

Then we all started worrying that our children live in a world where they don't know how to make collect phone calls or find pay phones.

Things have changed, haven't they?

I guess we should have checked our Facebook accounts.

BLOG ALERT: My Our Town blog on Augusta history recalls the story of William Few 's bones and how we got them back. It's on augustachronicle.com. It's also sure to be read by the group of Georgia history students from John S. Davidson Magnet School who dropped by to visit me Monday.

History fans.

SPEAKING OF HISTORY: Today is Robert E. Lee 's birthday, something I am always proud to acknowledge. The former general's 1870 visit to Augusta was said to have made a lasting impression on young Woodrow Wilson .

But I think we can credit Lee's father, Henry "Lighthorse Harry" Lee , with a more dramatic contribution. His efforts during the Revolutionary War seized Augusta from the British in 1781.

TODAY'S JOKE: For more than 40 years, my grandfather put in long hours at his job, so I was more than a little curious about the way he filled his days his since retirement. "How has life changed?" A man of few words, he replied, "Well I get up in the morning with nothing to do, and I go to bed at night with it half done."

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 823-3344 or bill.kirby@augustachronicle.com.

From the Tuesday, January 19, 2010 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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