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On this last day of March in Southern California, the temperature has been up and down between 69 and 71 degrees. Some blue patches of sky, but mostly cloudy and gray…supposed to rain.

In the Midwest we would see huge dark clouds moving toward us, fingers of lightning, and rumbles — sometimes it seemed the air turned green —  and we could smell the rain. Then the bottom would fall out of the clouds and huge raindrops, then torrents, would soak everything in less than two minutes.

Here, we have 50-50 clouds. Some gray, some darker. Sometimes a lot of clouds push through the sky, but no rain. Then more blue sky, followed by more clouds! I shout in my mind “Rain already you S.O.B.s!” Later I’m surprised to see the streets are wet. A light drizzle sneaked in. No lightning. No thunder. Just wimpy sprinkles reluctant clouds spit out over us.

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By god, I’d love to have just one thunderous, voltage-filled, deluge!!!! THAT is what I consider to be “rain.”

Another thing, before it rained in the Midwest, there would be a frantic few minutes, as we brought the washing in off the clotheslines, gathered the kids’ toys on the covered porch, and closed windows all through the house and in the car in the driveway.

The cat would be crazily racing across the furniture and up and down the drapes, with her ears back and a wild look in her eyes, claws spread and prepared for the next leap — energized by the looming storm. Her hair even seemed electrified and stood out from her body.

Ahhh. Just thinking about REAL RAIN makes me feel better!


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Following is a letter to The Californian in today’s newspaper, Sept. 30.

I really couldn’t have said it better and strongly believe and support the right of all people to marry. One day, I believe we will look back and see bigotry and small-mindedness in opposing this right.

Prop. 8 would write bigotry into law

To those working tirelessly to pass Proposition 8: I am a 55-year-old Republican grandfather, married for over 25 years. We have two grown sons, one in college, and the other a married working man. We are an extremely close and happy traditional family. For the life of me, I cannot figure out what protection you are trying to put into place with the launch of this proposition. It is clearly an attempt to write bigotry into state law. Marriage is not under attack. Marriage is a ceremony where two people take an oath of love and commitment before family and friends. Prop. 8 seeks to change this simple ceremony to the exclusion of a segment of our population. To what end? For what purpose? What are you afraid of?

The world is full of people who have different points of view and different lifestyles. Perhaps it’s time to get out of the hate-mongering business. We all know Prop. 8’s agenda is one of hate and segregation. Is this really where you want to be spending your time and your money? Maybe you could spend it helping our veterans or eliminating poverty in your communities, or maybe you should just stay home and think about the example you are setting for your own children, for all of our children. Please put down the pitchforks and torches. Do something helpful, not hurtful.

Ron Parent


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