Press-Republican

Columns

January 15, 2014

Varying weather couldn't rain on this parade

Toby and I have been on the road again, visiting family in Colorado Springs.

Having checked the weather, we left Plattsburgh the week before Christmas. The forecast was for clear skies and high 30s, perfect for 500-mile driving days. As often happens, though, that’s not the way it played out.

Our first night was in the Ashtabula, Ohio, area at one of the nicest and cleanest America’s Best Value Inn locations. The next day dawned sunny and 38. We took off for Indiana and Illinois, staying in Effingham, Ill.

A little humor on the road never hurt anyone so I’ll share a little incident that made me laugh. Toby packed his own suitcase, because after our last trip to Pennsylvania, when I packed it, he wasn’t pleased that I left half his clothes at home on the couch, where he put them.

In Ashtabula, I asked him if he wanted to use the toothpaste before I packed it away. That was when he discovered he had forgotten his toothbrush. I wasn’t really surprised — it’s a guy thing. I said I would go to the front desk and ask for a complimentary one. He looked at me with all seriousness and asked, “Are they new?”

After a moment of thought, I said, with my dry British humor in control, “No, honey, they collect up all the toothbrushes people leave behind and hand them out to people like you who forget theirs.”

He rolled his eyes and said “Good one, Susan,” as I headed to the front desk. I think he was suffering from road fatigue after driving 500 miles the day before.

As always, we checked the national weather, surprised to see a severe weather warning for Kansas. We have experienced Kansas weather before, with a tornado that chased us and, another year, a snow storm with high winds and whiteouts. This warning was for an ice storm.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Columns
  • Terry_Mattingly.jpg Easter with doubters and the 'nones'

    Should more pastors ask this blunt question: "Do you really believe Jesus was raised from the dead?" wonders religion columnist Terry Mattingly.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Black_Peter_2014_cropped.jpg Canadiens are Canada's team

    The National Hockey League playoffs are underway, and for Canadiens fans, many of whom likely reside in the Montreal "suburb" of Plattsburgh, it is a time of hope and joy.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • little_mug.jpg There's no saw like an old saw Kaye and I laughed ourselves silly the other day as we tried to top each other with our own sayings from childhood, columnist Gordie Little writes.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Denenberg_Stu1.jpg Privacy concerns make a comeback

    There's a growing concern amongst the millennials, columnist Stu Denenberg writes.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • paul_grasso.jpg Several options exist for downtown

    Pedestrian mall just one idea that could be good for city's economic future, according to columnist Paul Grasso.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • colin_read.jpg Government can't create success on its own

    It takes a grass-roots community effort of people working together to assure future accomplishment, according to columnist Colin Read.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hagar_mug1.jpg Farmers strive for sustainability

    Conserving the land and assuring long-term profitability are two of the key goals for farmers these days, according to columnist Peter Hagar.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Black_Peter_2014_cropped.jpg Big shift in Quebec vote

    Being a man of science, Philippe Couillard, premier-designate of Quebec, chose to use a geological term (though his field is actually medicine) to describe what happened in Monday's election, writes Canadian columnist Peter Black.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Terry_Mattingly.jpg A monastery in the Hebrides, after 1,000 years

    Before Father Seraphim Aldea can build a monastery on Scotland's Mull Island, he needs to have a working septic system, writes religion columnist Terry Mattingly.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tobias_Sue_012914.jpg Old movies offer more than entertaining TV

    Columnist Susan Tobias and her husband, Toby, are reminded of simple childhood memories while watching an old black-and-white movie.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

Peter Black: Canadian Dispatch

Lois Clermont, Editor

Cornell Cooperative Extension
Richard Gast: Cornell Ag Extension

Bob Grady

Guest Columns
Peter Hagar: Cornell Ag Connection

Health Advice

Ray Johnson: Climate Science
Gordie Little: Small Talk

Terry Mattingly: On Religion

Steve Ouellette: You Had To Ask

Colin Read: Everybody's Business

Pinch of Time