As you enter Port Columbus airport from the parking garage, you encounter one of those exceptionally long escalators with this sign. My God! Is it really necessary to warn people not to try to wrangle a person in a wheelchair onto an escalator and support them as the escalator slowly rises to the next level? Could some imbecile actually have tried to do it — and then sued because no warning sign was posted?
You might as well put a warning sign on a lawnmower cautioning people not to use it to cut hair.
Central Ohio has had an extraordinary run of weather this summer. It has rained at least once every day since June 23 — that is, more than two weeks straight — and the forecast for the next two days is for more rain.
We wake up to the low rumble of thunder and the flash of lightning. We can’t take morning walks because of storms. Traffic is clogged and slow on our commutes to work because of the downpours. During the day we look out at angry skies and hear the rain slamming against the window. At night the patter of rain lulls us to sleep.
When you live in a place, you come to accept the prevailing weather patterns there — or you move. In Columbus, we understand that the winter months will be overcast and gray, but the trade off is supposed to be sunny and hot summer months where you can play golf, ride your bike, have cookouts, go to the swimming pool, and catch lightning bugs at night. So far, that hasn’t happened. People who bought season-long family pool passes are tearing their hair out. Kids at camp are sitting in soggy clothes, sick to death of doing crafts rather than learning how to paddle a canoe.
People here are trying to maintain a positive attitude about this. Our lawns look great. Our reservoirs are full. And we know that, someday soon, the rains must inevitably end. But the constant nature of the rain can’t help but have a gloomy impact. During the winter we endured the bitter, and now this summer we’re not getting the sweet — and the summer is almost half gone. Our window of opportunity is closing.
Rain, rain, go away!