I don’t know about you all, but West Virginia is basically a tropical climate this summer. For about five years in the late 90’s I used to go to this conference every December in Puerto Rico called SCAPRA (Speech Communication Association of Puerto Rico), and what cracked me up was how casual every one was every day. Fast food was a relative term, and I began to understand island time. I joked about it with my advisor, Jim (who was about 65 and my travel mate for every conference and off-campus teaching bit), and he laughed and said “Of course they move slow. Every day is exactly the same. The only thing in question is when it will rain for twenty minutes before the sun comes back out. It’s hard to have a sense of urgency when you know tomorrow will be just like today.”
I always thought that was a funny and pithy remark. At any rate, that is what it has been like here this summer. It has rained every single day, and the only thing in doubt is when it will rain. I’ve only had to run the sprinklers twice this year for the garden.
I think there is a relationship between the amount of rain we are having and the resurgence of fireflies and bats (who have been amazing this year- I hd four or five over my head last night.).