Rochelle News-Leader | There’s that summer time

That’s it – there’s that summer weather.

It landed on the region like a thud last week. We’ve all been waiting for it – well, most of us – since last year. And let’s face it, we’ve never really had much spring this year.

Living in the Midwest can be a study in weather frustration. Wake up in the morning, and it’s clear skies with no rain in the forecast. Two hours later, severe thunderstorms are breaking out all around you.

I often wonder if forecasters even have windows.

Spring was cold and wet and lasted forever this year. I didn’t even mow my lawn until May 8th. May 8! I don’t think my first mowing of the year has ever come this late.

But we went from heating to cooling in a day or two. From the 50s to the lows of the 60s and then bam! Almost 90 degrees.

I’m not complaining, of course, I like the warm weather. And it happened just in time, as me and two buddies jumped on our bikes early on May 13 and hit the road to Arizona. We are going to visit my family and make memories. We even rented a house with a pool for a few days in Arizona, can’t wait.

So yes, you will probably be dealing with another motorcycle travel section. Prepare yourselves.

In the meantime, here are some random thoughts:

* After looking through the graduation photos of every high school student in the county, I can safely say that today’s teenagers are just as weird and goofy as they were in my day. Some are perfectly assembled and aim for a bright future. Others? Not really. But hey, be proud of them for now, because they might be terribly disappointing later.

*I miss being able to buy hot, fresh tamales in the grocery store parking lot from a random person who pulls out a cooler full of them. Laugh all you want at California, but the parking lot food here is second to none.

* The current generation of politicians has confirmed to me that people must have experience in government before running for office. It’s not enough to be angry at something. Simply wanting to publicize your conspiracy beliefs while being loud and obnoxious isn’t a reason to get a single vote. There are freshmen in Congress who are national embarrassments and should never have been elected to anything, let alone Congress. Start with a local school board or city council and learn how to govern. If you hate the government and aren’t looking to help everyone, don’t show up. Stay home and file a complaint.

*As bad as the weather has been here, at least we don’t live in Duluth, Minnesota where my daughter lives. Sure it hit the low 70s last week but before that they barely got past the 30s. I just couldn’t live there, although in the summer it’s a lovely place to to visit.

* A friendly reminder that when you mow your lawn, don’t throw it on the street. It’s illegal in the state and potentially very dangerous for motorcycles. I see people blowing weed all over the roads in Ogle County. Please pay attention to others.

* There is amazing television right now. “Better Call Saul”, the spin-off of “Breaking Bad”, is simply fantastic. The new “Bosch” spin-off is also out now and continues the great quality of the original show. And has anyone seen “Outer Range” on Amazon? An excellent mix of western and science fiction. Television has never been better.

* Finally, a very special thank you to the reader Loraine Untz, who sent me a very nice birthday card again this year. Thanks for reading and thanks for the map.

Brad Jennings is the editor of Ogle County Life.

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