There's a lot to be said for taking to the high ground.
That's a lesson hard learned in parts of Florida and closer to home lately.
I sat in my office Monday watching as the rain came down and came to a couple of realizations.
First, I don't care how much you have to do, the workload will seem exponentially larger based on the amount of rain falling. Conversely, your willingness to work drops exponentially based on rainfall. It's like a laziness flood.
Second, no matter how much sleep you've had the night before a big rainstorm, it ain't enough. A bear could wake up from a six-month hibernation and go right back to sleep for a couple of days as long as it is raining.
Thirdly, standing in the rain and singing "rain, rain go away..." will serve no purpose other than soliciting strange looks from other people.
Fourthly (is that even a word?), McDuffie County must be "living right," as my grandfather used to say. While areas surrounding McDuffie County have been brutalized by the month of hurricanes and tropical storms, we've been fairly fortunate -- a little too much water, but little else. Someone, somewhere is looking out for us, I think.
And finally, I thought only snow could shut schools down like Jeanne did this week. But, hey, at least someone is looking out for the safe travel of our students.
As a side note, my wife's best friend is named Jeanne. I've often joked that my wife is Tornado Miriam, so why wouldn't she have a friend that is a hurricane? Makes sense to me.
Speaking of my wife, we finished painting our office late Sunday night -- OK, technically, early Monday morning.
We used a half-gallon of paint and three rolls of plastic wrap during the eight hours of base coat work. And that didn't count the time Miriam spent Monday sponging on the pewter color.
We've already decided this will be a one-time only technique. If someone else wants to duplicate it, have at it -- we're never doing it again.
We're now moving to finish the guest bathroom -- one of (hopefully) the final projects we'll face for a while.
Shifting gears a little bit, Friday night was an evening of highs and lows at Thomson High.
It was great to see Tiffany Daggett elected as Homecoming Queen. She seemed genuinely elated about the honor and spent a lot of time posing for photos with various people -- including the varsity cheerleaders.
Minutes later, it was tough to watch them have to help Anthony "Pooh" Erwin off the field. Along with Clifton Belton, who also left the Thomson-Harlem game with an injury, Pooh had provided a much-needed spark to Thomson's offense. And you could tell both of them really hated having to sit wrapped up on the sideline for the final few minutes of the game.
But they'll be back soon enough. And the Dogs will have to make-do without them.