MONDAY: Weather Report


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SHE STORMED into town yesterday like an Alberta clipper and smothered me with such a snow job that I’m still digging out.

We met in the bar at the King Eddy and sipped a couple of Howling Hurricanes, twirled our paper umbrellas, then a couple more, and wham-bam we were in her penthouse suite, a high-pressure area with a low ceiling.

“Fix us a couple more while I get comfy,” she said, taking off her Van Allen belt and everything else. “Isobar’s through there.”

In the bedroom, I knew it was true love when we formed an occluded front and my dew point rose. Oh man, goes without saying, in these extremes of climatological conditions, a guy experiences oxygen deprivation. Or something.

I awoke this morning in a vacuum. Searched the suite for my lady love — in vane. Checked the heel of my right shoe where I tuck away my rainy-day money — gone with the wind. Sneaking down the back stairway to an area of lower pressure, I’m nabbed by the manager waving the room bill.

“She said you’re understanding, sir. Fair and mild was how she put it. Sign here.”

I smiled. I signed. I’m fair and mild, after all.

I read her note. “Morning, Sunshine,” it said. “I’m still on cloud nine. Ta, ta.”

I asked the manager, “What name’s on the register?”

He grinned. “Betcha can’t guess.”

“Betcha I can.”

We extended imaginary umbrellas and sang, “April Showers.”


  1. Gloria Jean Hansen

    Cute! And a heck of a lot warmer than Elliot Lake these days — you can be my environmental prognosticator anytime, Chris!

  2. Brian Henry

    Hey, Chris. The story’s a treat — a warm, playful wind on a cold, cold day!

  3. Suzanne Burchell

    Loved the schmalzty metaphor all the way through ………..a slam bam and a no thank you ma’mam tongue in cheek story with a twist…….maybe worth the cold front that ensued.

  4. M.Wilson

    It reminded me of the song “Singing in the Rain”:):) What an elegant piece, just like the old movies about love from the 50s!

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