Dry Rain Was New Experience For House Guest

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Rain!

That little picture of clouds with diagonal lines beneath them is showing up regularly on my Internet weather forecaster site.

More importantly, those diagonal lines have become actual rain! Well, sometimes.

An interesting rain phenomenon was experienced by my house guest this week. He is from the Pacific Northwest, so rain doesn’t make him as giddy as it does us. He experienced “Arizona” rain. That is when you feel the drops but don’t get wet. He noted that he had heard about dry heat, but dry rain was a new experience! Whatever kind of rain we have is more than welcome.

Fireworks

Who do we thank for the outstanding fireworks show in Payson on Monday night? Wow! There were many times we thought the finale had arrived, only to see more and more. My brother came with us. He is a bit of a cynic, but even he said it was a “pretty good” show. He understates. Thank you, all of you, who underwrote that magnificent extravaganza.

Taking time to be a tourist

Having a house guest for a few days is when I take the opportunity to be a tourist. After church on Sunday, we drove through the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest. It was a first for both of us, and it was gorgeous.

First surprise was getting the entrance pass. I opted for the $10 Senior Pass with the thought that perhaps sometime within the next year, I’d have another opportunity to visit a national park. It turns out the $10 Senior Pass is a lifetime pass! What a deal!

Sometimes even the government gets it right! On the way home, we stopped at the Red Onion in Heber for one of their excellent hamburgers. Part of being a tourist for me is not cooking. Cooking does not fall within my skill set. My house guest loves to cook. The kitchen was immediately turned over to him. Let me say this — he can stay as long as he likes! Yum!

Pine-Strawberry Medical Center

The annual meeting of the board of directors of the Pine-Strawberry Medical Center will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 16 at the clinic, on 6152 W. Hardscrabble Mesa Road in Pine. Members of the community are encouraged to attend.

The board of directors is also looking for three new members, for three-year terms.  Regular meetings of the board are held the third Monday of each month, at the clinic at 5:30 p.m. Board members assist in maintaining the clinic facility, so that we can continue to have a medical provider available in the community.

For questions, please contact Mike Blaes, current board vice president, at 476-6427, weekdays. Here is another opportunity for our fine folks to support the services we need.

Strawberry Market

I am sorry that I didn’t get a chance to see if Oscar made his deadline. Did anyone drop by? Do, when you get a chance. If nothing else, meeting Oscar will be an experience in itself, and supporting local business is what we do.

Library Doin’s

The Movie Madness July 7 offering is “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and the July 14 offering is “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” Don’t forget about the “Computers for Beginners” class. Mark your calendars for July 19, 20, 26 and 27. Quilting is not just for older folks. There will be a Kids Quilt Camp from July 11 to 14. Call 476-3678 for more information.

School News

New teachers report on July 22. Returning teachers report on July 25. All staff reports on July 24, and students report on July 27. That is good news to some and dreaded news to others.

Shop Hop July 9

Get the best deals. Have some fun. Keep some bucks local. What more is there to say?

Thank you

Once again, thank you for keeping me posted. We have hit the hump point of summer. Things have slowed some, but the fun is by no means over! Keep the e-mail coming at spcolumnist@yahoo.com.

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