Too Much and Too Little

July 21, 2014

Abandoned blue and white umbrella laying against steps.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Here in the Mid-Atlantic, rainfall totals have ranged from below to above average.

Two broken abandoned black umbrellas laying on the ground.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

 

One broken abandoned blue umbrella amid building materials.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

It also means that umbrellas have frequently been necessary-some folks must have missed these.

Halfway across the country, the recent weather patterns have been very different in north Texas.  Meanwhile, California continues in one of the worst droughts in recorded history.  The National Drought Mitigation Center has established a means of measuring drought according to the length of time it lasts and the degree of impact it creates- the homepage is here.  This the most recent map for California and the preponderance of maroon and red indicates the severity of the conditions.  Going abroad, a recent typhoon killed at least 10 people in the Philippines.

Coming back to the U.S., next month will mark the 9-year anniversary of New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina.  This comes to mind as I have started re-watching Treme, an excellent HBO series that finished its 4-year run last year.  While the series focuses on that particular neighborhood in New Orleans, it is very important to remember that Katrina devastated parts of Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama as well.

Thinking about Katrina always reminds me that in 1929, Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy recorded “When the Levee Breaks” in response to the Mississippi River flood of 1927. This link is a history of the song along with the lyrics, as published by American Blues Scene magazine’s website.  (By the way, it is worth searching for and listening to the original version.  Led Zeppelin recorded their version of the song in 1970.  There are other versions as described by that link to American Blues Scene magazine.)  The lyrics say “Oh cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ won’t do no good”.  Neither would umbrellas.

Take care.

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