An old friend once told me,”Don’t knock the weather because without it, no one would ever know how to start a conversation”. Well, I can guarantee you that our weather in South Georgia is the number one topic of conversation these days. It’s so hot down here right now that I’m fairly certain that I saw Satan sitting under an oak tree a few minutes ago fanning himself with a church fan. I couldn’t tell what church the fan belonged to, but I’m certain that it was not a Baptist church fan.


In our part of Mitchell County, there are a lot of folks with poultry houses who raise chickens. Now in case you are unaware of this fact, let me tell you that chickens need very little of an excuse to die. If it is too hot or too cold, they just check out for greener pastures. Maybe they are smarter than I think they are, and are merely choosing to die earlier rather than ending up in some preacher’s belly on a Sunday afternoon. At any rate, one of my poultry grower friends told me where to order a gizmo that measures all kinds of things that he needs to keep up with in his chicken houses.One of the functions on this gadget measures the temperature/humidity index. In South Georgia we call that the “feels like temperature”.


I was shocked to find out that I had to order this device from Pennsylvania. You would think that southerners would have cornered the market on how to measure heat. I took my handheld device outside a few minutes ago, and it gave me a temperature/humidity index reading of 114.2 degrees! Hey folks, we have not reached the hottest part of the day here yet! This old boy is retreating to the office for the remainder of the day. I’m not ashamed to admit that I am not as tough as I once was.


In my next blog, I plan to share a bit more about the kennels being built for our English Cockers. Suffice it to say, I am not nearly as concerned about Martha making me sleep in the dog house as I once was. I also firmly believe that our pointers are going to be seriously offended as they compare their accommodations with the ones these Cockers have.


Please allow me to close with this quote from John Adams,”Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people”. To that quote, I would like to add one of my father’s favorite sayings that went something like this,” never under estimate the dumbness of the voting population of this country”. Is it any wonder that our laws are being broken, our constitution violated, and our rights taken from us on an almost daily basis? We have a voting population who primarily get their news from the late night talk shows when folks like me are asleep.