Rain and Comets

July 1, 2010


Comet McNaught seems to be living up to its name–at least as far as I’m concerned. I don’t know how ordinary or how spectacular this comet is since I haven’t managed to see it. Every morning I get up it’s cloudy; those mornings when I don’t I’m told the sky was clear. Last night I drove a hundred and fifty miles to find a beautiful cabin in some high hills in western Texas just so I could finally get to see this comet. I chose a wonderful location on the eastern side of a high ridge overlooking the Frio River and spent the evening fretting as cloud band after cloud band suddenly appeared in response to Hurricane Alex’s call to arms, a personal vendetta aimed at preventing me from seeing Comet McNaught.

My phone couldn’t find any signal, so I soon ran out of battery while I was setting my alarm to get up at 4 o’clock in the morning. Fortuately my wifes phone is on AT&T so her batterywasn’t drained dry looking for nonexistent signals. We ate a modest, cold supper of cheese, wilted spinach salad, and pickled shrimp prepared by my sister-in-law. Because we were roughing it, I only watched one game from Wimbleton, marveling at the Williams sisters playing a successful doubles match against two very talented Russian women.

At four o’clock, after wondering what those jungle drums were doing in west texas (my wife’sĀ alarm tone), I slipped bare feet into Crocks and wondered out on the front porch where some shadowy creature was rearing up to claw at the low hanging bird feeder. After a brief confrontation, I got to the edge of the porch and looked up into thick boiling clouds that proceeded to pour a few more megatons of water onto the hills. Then mist rolled in. There was a lonely cry of a whippoorwill suffering from insomnia.

Once again, my vigil had come to Naught.

About charles frenzel

I've been writing all my life. I've also painted, composed, sculpted, contributed to molecular research, advanced some mathematical concepts, lived on a sailboat, and worked for a Nobel Prize winner. Nothing in my life has pleased me more than to share my life with my wife and friend of over forty years.

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