Wednesday 1 April 2015


Like snowflakes, no two humans are alike. I guess an argument could be made that identical twins are alike, hence the name, but other than the few millions of those on the planet no two humans are alike. Sure, there are a lot of people who act alike and if you pay attention, you can actually see many similarities across the human species. Okay, for this blog let's just say that like snowflakes, no two humans are alike.

You may have certain things in common with the friends you keep or the people who live in the same town as you do, but there are very few people that you can agree with about everything. However, one of the things that we humans all have in common is the weather.

No matter who you are or where you are in the world you are subject to the whims of Mother Nature. When it rains, it rains on the rich and poor alike. Snow covers the ground and if you happen to sit in one place long enough, it will cover you too. When a hurricane strikes, there is no special out for the privileged or the famous. They can rebound a lot quicker, but that is a financial thing. If the wind blows, all of us have to lean into it when we are walking. Yes, the weather is the great equalizer.

On the plus side, it is also something that can bring us together. When a weather disaster hits an area, everyone will pool their resources and effort to help those in need. The resiliency of the human spirit is never more present than when we need to survive disaster. Two years ago the area that I live in was struck by one of those once in two hundred year floods. Colossal effort has been put into rebuilding and except for a few remaining areas you wouldn't know there had ever been such a devastating flood.

It also gives us something to talk about. Most conversations start with some comment about the weather.
"Cold enough for ya?"
"Yah, its cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey!"
"Think this winter will ever end?"
"Just in time for next winter to start probably."
"What a beautiful day!"
"We sure could use some rain."
"Will the rain never stop?"
"Not a bad day as long as the wind doesn't come up."
"Well, at least it's a dry cold/heat."

I could go on and on and probably have. The weather affects us all on a daily basis and for many who need to get to work or work outdoors the forecast is very important on how they will dress and how much time it will take to get to work.

Things are a little different in paradise. The weather doesn't change very much that I can see. Perhaps if I lived here I could differentiate between a good hot day from a bad hot day. From my Canadian viewpoint every day is much the same...perfect. As I walk down the beach the comments are always "Beautiful day isn't it?" From there the conversation goes to "Where are you from?" and "What's the weather like back home?" It is difficult for people who talk about the weather all of the time to have conversations without it.

I can't imagine what Hawaiians talk about when they meet on the street.
"Hey Bra...!"
"Hey Bra..."
Then they just look at each other until it becomes uncomfortable and shuffle away from each other in their slippahs.

That might explain why they spend so much time in the ocean.

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