By Dan Irvin
It was a blessing to get a break in the showers on Sunday. We had – what? – four or five hours of sunshine? Enough to dry out the grass and quickly get it cut before more overcast and more sprinkles.
Trying to manage a lawn in weather extremes gives us – here – a kinship with the farmers. To dwell on this kinship would trivialize the work they do, so I won’t.
I heard Carrie Meuhling say last week that farmers were getting busy because the fields were starting to dry out after the monsoon of a week, or so, ago. I hope that’s still the case.
We had to go to Southern Illinois on Saturday.
I can report to you that in the Collinsville area the fields are underwater in a lot of places. We should count our blessings. I know, you do.
I checked the Pantagraph – arbitrarily – of twenty years ago and, sure enough, there was a photo of a farmer quote – getting back into his fields to plant thanks to the recent hot and dry weather – unquote.
The more things change…..eh?
I also noted in that 1993 paper that Bloomington’s bond ratings were great, which was going to make it a lot less costly to develop that big corporate campus expansion for State Farm on the east side out across Veteran’s Parkway.
Oh, there was also an editorial that talked about the soon-to-graduate classes at ISU and Wesleyan going out into the world facing an uncertain economy and a difficult job market.
I’m not going to use the old saw anymore that goes “When it rains, it pours.” It seems much more of a truism to say, “It always rains.”
Dan Irvin is Secretary of the Board of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce, Vice-President of the Bloomington Public Library Foundation Board, and a member of the Heartland Community College Foundation Board.
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