Under The Weather
C. Derick Miller
Your Stories On Video
It’s currently a blazing hot summer day in Dallas, Texas (just like every other summer day in Dallas, Texas), but I’m watching the sun slowly disappear behind clouds outside my office window. The fact of the matter is, North Texas weather is completely unpredictable, often going from boring to life threatening in a matter of minutes with very little warning. Could there be a storm on the horizon, or is my home state teasing me once again?
As my blog followers already know, I’ve been lucky enough in life to travel everywhere within the continental United States. I’ve witnessed all kinds of weather events in every part of the country during all seasons and, let me tell you, I think the Pacific Northwest and New England run neck and neck for the nicest weather year around. What I wouldn’t give to have four individual seasons rather than January…then summer for eleven months!
I’ll honestly never forget my first New England autumn. The turning leaves in Massachusetts can really test the limits of modern cameras no matter how technologically advanced they get. Walking through Central Park on a breezy October Sunday? There’s nothing like it! Wayne Newton singing the lyrics to Danke Schoen tipped me off to that decades ago and I couldn’t wait to share in the experience. What? You didn’t think I listened to Wayne Newton?
I also remember my first rainy spring on the Interstate 5 corridor between Redding, California and Seattle, Washington. Pop culture wants us all to believe that the Portland/Seattle area is nothing but a rain forest but, I’m here to tell you, I’ve been there during droughts and massive fires! If I’m not mistaken, they’re all enduring one of the worst ones on record right now! Still, rain, rain, rain in Seattle until you can no longer take it. Quite the experience for a Texas boy who wasn’t used to such things. Pleasant experiences, in my opinion.
It’s the extreme weather months that drive me insane. I’ve survived many a southern summer…but I’m not the biggest fan. I’ve also completely sank into snow banks in Detroit and don’t have many nice things to say. Still, it takes all kinds to make the world go around and each individual person seems to have their own favorite season and region. That’s one thing I’ve noticed throughout life and my work here at Your Stories On Video has just verified that fact even more. No two people are exactly the same, especially when it comes to the weather. Why do you think it’s one of the first things we ask one another during communication? Wait, people still do that, right? How’s the weather? Maybe I’m just out of touch!
This is the discussion that brings me down to the question of the week. What is your favorite kind of weather and where did you experience it? Are you one of the lucky ones who lives in the same place where your favorite weather does, or did you have to travel for it? Was it a cool summer night on a tropical beach or a snowy afternoon by the fireplace in the mountains of Colorado? We want to know!
Several of our clients have shared memories of weather, both normal and extreme. Some have lived through devastating tornadoes that endangered their entire town. Others have fond memories of splashing through puddles as a child on a street near the house they grew up in. If you think about it, we all have some type of memorable moment relating to weather. Guaranteed! What is your weather memory? Does it make you smile when it touches your brain or cringe at the danger it put you through?
Let us know at http://www.yourstoriesonvideo.com