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    "Weather" or Not

    I cannot begin to tell you how tired I am of listening to various people, including weather forecasters, predict how the upcoming winter might be. First of all, these supposed "professionals" on television don’t even have a clue in my opinion. I can’t tell you the amount of days this past summer that I wound up sitting on the beach when the forecast called for clouds and rain! I mean, these guys (and gals) are supposed to have this Doppler thing, that let’s them know the inside track. Anyway, I find myself watching anyway, hoping that they might be correct.

    They rarely are. So when anyone, at this point, begins to prophesize about the upcoming winter, I find myself a bit skeptical while at the same time rapt with attention. The bottom line is this: it’s going to be cold and snowy. Now, keep in mind that I lived in California for many years. So anything below 45 degrees to me is uncomfortably cold. I remember specifically, in one apartment I had, having a small bedroom heater, which I used to turn on when it got to be just 60 degrees. But I think that when I lived out there, or for that matter anyone who used to live on the East Coast, our skin becomes somewhat thin, and we become tempered to a warmer climate. So when it does get a tiny bit cooler out there, it seems really cold. I specifically remember calling it "sweater weather" when it was just 55 degrees.

    Whereas here, I wouldn’t think of wearing a sweater unless it was below 40 or most likely, colder. I do have one major exception to my thinking that anything below 45 degrees is "uncomfortably cold" anymore. With my MS comes an inherent sensitivity to heat. Subsequently, I tend to function much better when the temperature is cooler. This is why I am almost always in the lake when I am getting sun. I usually sit in my manual wheelchair as deep as my chest. With of course, my aide with me sitting in a patio chair. The problem here is that my aide, Robin, is not heat sensitive, though she does need to sit with me in the lake nonetheless. Sorry Robin, it comes with the job! But we don’t need to worry about sitting in the lake anymore as we are in late October already!

    Can you believe it? Halloween is just a few days away! And then comes winter. As far as projected winter weather, let’s just take it as it comes. However, I do take some stock in what some old-timers have said about the geese flying south early, which does indicate an early winter. My new friend, Earl, from the Country Heritage Barn in Johnstown tells both myself and Herman that this is a true sign of an early winter. I recommend this restaurant and gift shop highly! Happy Halloween.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"