Kirby: Of rain and sunshine

There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.


– Alfred Wainwright

After our really warm winter gave way to spring on Monday, you might think we’re in for a scorcher this summer.

You would think wrong, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

In doing some pre-vacation planning over the weekend, I tried to look ahead to see if I should spend my summer basking on a beach or staying indoors where it’s air-conditioned.

The Almanac, which correctly predicted a warm winter when it came out six months ago, says summer 2017 will actually be wetter and cooler than normal. But be careful on the beach.

It also said the Atlantic hurricane season would be more active this summer with good chances for a major hurricane in mid-June and late August or early September.

And Masters Week coming up very soon? The Almanc predicts that first full week of April will start with showers, then be sunny and warm.

(Last year, I should point out, the Almanac successfully predicted a rare, sunny Masters.)

SOME VACATION ALREADY: Your mail says this:

“Hello,” from the Weldons, of Martinez. “We are here in Orlando for the Braves spring training. Having a great time.”

Larry and Sheryl Bailey sent a cool 3-D postcard from the Kennedy Space Center and wrote: “This took me back to watching the very first launch many years ago! Many smart and brave human beings!”

They also sent a card from Amelia Island.

Corky and Debbie Holloway, of Evans, found beautiful weather for their Daytona Beach Shores vacation, which included the Great Race at the Daytona 500.

Pat and Wayne Fuller, of North Augusta, sent a card showing North Carolina Moonshiners. They said they needed a break and found a place in North Carolina that makes your bed and cooks your food, just like on a cruise.

And Joe and Lorinda Fournier, of Evans, sent three cards from a Beaufort, S.C., trip to visit old school friends. Last week’s cool snap kept them from frolicking on the beach. They still saw some beautiful country, a bald eagle and enjoyed “fabulous food.”

A MATTER OF TASTE: After I wrote about the state of Georgia’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Day last week, I received this suggestion — Peanut Butter and Pickle sandwiches.

“ALWAYS use sweet pickle,” my anonymous gourmand said. “I use the Mt Olive ‘Sandwich Stuffer’ slices 3 or 4 per, but slices of sweet or midget sweet are good, too.”

His wife, he wrote, “couldn’t get enthused over them. She stuck with PB&J.”

(My wife had the same reaction.)

TODAY’S JOKE: Here’s one from John Griffin.

“You’ve heard of Murphy’s Law?”

“Yes. It states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Have you heard of Cole’s Law?”


“It’s thinly sliced cabbage!”


Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 823-3344 or



Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:34

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