Mountain Musings


Cannons in the Rain


This is some mighty strange weather we’ve been having lately. First, it’s hotter than a witch’s broomstick for weeks on end, so hot that the trout wouldn’t come close to the surface to be caught by folks entered in the annual Lake Gregory trout derby. Then, the next thing you know, it’s pouring down rain like there’s no tomorrow.


Actually, I’ve been getting pretty good at predicting rain. All you gotta do is wash your car – happens all the time. Come to think of it, it’s raining right now, and my cats are mad at me because I won’t let them go out…so mad, they won’t even let me pet them, and they just love being petted on their furry, white tummies. I guess they figure I’m the one who made it rain.


And now I can hear cannons in the rain… Oh, wait, it’s thunder, and where there’s thunder there’s lightning. Well, me and the Missus were watchin’ the Emmy Awards and the TV suddenly went bizzerk, no signal at all, and now the cats are really freakin’ out. Honey, why are your lips quivering?


Every boy wants a girl he can trust to the very end. Baby, that’s you, won’t you wait but till then? When I see lips beggin’ to be kissed (Stop) I can’t stop (Stop) I can’t stop myself (Stop, stop) Lightning is striking again, lightning is striking again, nature’s takin’ over my one-track mind. Believe it or not, you’re in my heart all the time. (“Lightning Strikes” – Lou Christie – 1965)


I’m hearing cannons again; they’re getting closer and I’m not talking about the ones they fired 96 times for the Queen of England. Since we can’t watch the Emmys, lets listen to John Stewart’s “Cannons in the Rain” album.


How could you go, Virginia, and play that drifter’s game? He sold to you the thunder were cannons in the rain. And all his holy roads were sidetracks just the same. Still, you believe the thunder are cannons in the rain, cannons in the rain. (“Cannons in the Rain” – John Stewart – 1973)


Then there’s the problem with the roads when we get deluges like we did last week; for instance, four feet of mud on the 18 when the new drainpipe Caltrans installed at the spot where the road caved in last December burst. Now what? I guess we just have to get used to it. Why, you ask? Because it’s just going to get worse due to global warming.


I know some folks don’t believe in global warming and others don’t believe in science, but it’s happening right before our eyes. The ice caps and glaciers are melting, the forests are burning and the roads are caving in.


What’s the solution? It may be too late, but it would help if we didn’t pollute the atmosphere with carbon emissions. Electric vehicles are a great idea…let me qualify that, great if they are charged with solar energy, not energy generated by carbon-producing fuels. End of rant, have a nice day.


Keep it flyin’ Uncle Mott