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Weather Rock

The rain was pounding so hard on my roof that I had to turn up the television to hear the weather report. "This concentration of moisture over the Monterey Peninsula isn't rain," the weatherman said as he pointed to the radar screen, " it is a very wet cloud. Until this low pressure system to the West combines with the overhead moisture, we won't see any rain."

Now I don't have a degree in meteorology, and I don't want to argue with the expert, but when water is falling from the sky, I usually believe it is raining, no matter what the "advanced radar tracking system" indicates.

When I told Dick Harkins, a high-powered, wiz-bang, scientific type about what happened, he responded. "I guess he didn't consult his weather rock." "Weather rock," I said, "What's a weather rock?" I was expecting to get some techno explanation that I'd have to pretend to understand, but instead Dick said, "You set a rock outside your door, and if it is wet, you know it is raining. If it is covered in white stuff, you know it is snowing and if it isn't there, you can figure the wind is blowing-what the weatherman needs is a weather rock."

Experts are great. We need them, but anyone with an ounce of common sense (or a weather rock) knows that experts aren't always right. The true measure of character, is not in living a mistake-free life, but in being able to admit mistakes and learn from them.

This morning I tuned into the same station. "The first thing they taught us in school," the weatherman said, "was to look out the window before you make a forecast." He admitted his error from the day before then gave his forecast for today-- light rain. I respect a guy that will admit his mistake and keep a sense of humor in the process, don't you?

I like rain, we need the rain, but just between me and you, I'm sure enjoying the beautiful blue, California sky today. 


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