Spanning the Coast

The technology is hard to discern. (Monte Dutton photo)

The technology is hard to discern. (Monte Dutton photo)

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, October 1, 2015, 10:10 a.m.

I don’t know what I’m doing.

Okay, okay, people have said this about me before. I haven’t said it often, and when I did, it was generally way too late.

But I’m not talking (writing, actually) about my judgment. It’s mine. It’s not going to change much at this point.

I’m writing about the weather.

Monte Dutton

Monte Dutton

Supposedly, I’m going to write about football games Friday and Saturday nights. Supposedly, there’s going to be a stock car race in Dover, Delaware, on Sunday afternoon.

I’m not traveling to Dover, but writing about it at home takes just about as much time as it would if I were at the track. I just don’t have to get there and back, which appears to be a significant advantage this weekend.

This morning’s eye-opener was word that it may rain a foot here. A foot! Not in Dover. Right here. Upstate South Carolina. Columbia might get more. I bet the Gamecocks are happy to be in Columbia, Missouri.

Notre Dame at Clemson. Perfect storm.

"Hey! What's up with the weather?" (Monte Dutton photo)

“Hey! What’s up with the weather?” (Monte Dutton photo)

Hurricane Joaquin is sort of like Joaquin Andujar with control problems. He doesn’t know where his pitch is going. This is basically causing meteorologists to drool and blather from the Carolinas to New England. I dialed up the two weather channels on my satellite TV this morning and called up the Dover forecast. The Weather Channel said Sunday was 20 percent. Weather Nation said 70 percent. That was an hour ago. It may be completely different now.

Most likely seat time at Dover.  (Getty Images for NASCAR)

Most likely seat time at Dover. (Getty Images for NASCAR)

Everyone is in agreement, however, that Joaquin is not going to hit the West Coast.

Meteorologists are what Harry Truman said about economists: Line them up end to end, and they still point in all directions.

In short, there’s no telling what I’ll be doing, and the same is true for you.


(Cover design by Jennifer Skutelsky.)

(Cover design by Jennifer Skutelsky.)

I suggest stockpiling a few books to read. You can put this one in your phone, or your laptop, or your tablet, or your iPod, and if you load the apps, you can read it in all of them, though I’d recommend only one at a time.


About Monte

For 20 seasons, I mostly wrote about NASCAR. I'm still paying attention, but I'm spending more of my time these days writing novels and songs. I try to blog regularly on whatever happens to strike my fancy.
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