Oscar Wilde said “Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative”. Normally, I am inclined to agree. A “sure is hot/cold out there” (take your pick) makes the speaker seem, at worst, simple minded and, at best, like one prone to state the obvious. But as the 21st century roars forward, I might have to re-think my position. Floods, earthquakes, tsunamis et al are forcing themselves into the forefront of many of our lives. For people living in stricken areas, there’s no topic more important to talk about. The recent massive earthquake in Japan that unleashed the latest tsunami appears to have moved the main island of Japan by eight feet and shifted the earth on its axis. www.articles.cnn.com/2011-03-12/world/japan.earthquake.tsunami.earth I’m beginning to look forward to a time when a simple “sure is hot out there” is the only mention of the weather.
By Sam DelPresto