Human Nature

I am a closet meteorologist. I have never had any formal training, but I applied, when I was in the Navy, to be just that–a weatherman. With my English teaching background and a remarkable typing ability, the Navy decided to train me as a yeoman, a clerk-typist. I have always had some kind of rain gauge in the yard, usually these little glass tubes that must be emptied after a rain. Currently, I am using an Oregon Weather Station that records the amount of rainfall as well as measures the temperature outside and inside. I check it frequently. During the summer when we in west-central Florida watch the tropics for tropical storms, I find myself sometimes pulling for a big storm–a hurricane. When I hear weather people say that the storm is going into an area favorable for development, I find myself rooting for the storm. When and if a storm does actually come close to my area, I then begin to back off and feel concern. I think my interest is something like our fascination with automobile accidents and fires. There is something in our nature that seeks excitement in weather phenomenon regardless of the risk it may cause.


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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