Pat Shingleton: "I Do and Another Season..."
Welcome to June with 19 days until summertime starts. Society sections of local newspapers showcase engagements and weddings and June is a popular time to exchange vows. Long before air conditioning, antiperspirants and perfumes, hot temperatures and high humidity created some bothersome odors. To combat these “smells”, brides would carry a bouquet of flowers. The wedding bouquet and the tossing of such remains today as matrimony tradition. Years ago, roofs on houses were thatched with thick straw and no rafters. The straw protected dogs, cats, mice and bugs from the elements. During persistent showers, thunderstorms or a brief downpour, the animals and insects would fall from the roof. These episodes initiated the saying… “It’s raining cats and dogs.” If your wedding is this weekend, showers are expected with less steam. Also, it’s Hurricane Season. Is there anything that produces a blast of wind stronger than a hurricane? Yes, a human cough, with a gust of approximately 300 miles per hour. Number two on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a sneeze, at 75 to 100 miles per hour. Taking a 9 pound 2-by-4 and firing it 34 mph into a window simulates the effects of a hurricane on coastal structures. Research verifies that building damage during a hurricane is caused by window and door failure. Blowing through a home, walls force outward, collapsing the structure. Hurricane resistant windows include a plastic interlayer and the building industry has been challenged to design products to further protect windows and doors from flying debris.