Pat Shingleton: "Open "Em Up!"
Most cars carry one as the umbrella is a needed accessory for us. If comes from the Latin word umbra, meaning shade and was used in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. As noted in a previous column, the oldest reference in China dates to year 21 CE and the King of Siam in 1687 gifted them to his subjects. Technology has changed the umbrella and 4 years ago Ambient Devices marketed an umbrella alerting the holder of storm. It has a handle that flashes of an approaching shower and collects its data from Accuweather.com. It differentiates between storms, depicting fast flashes to slow flashes for sprinkles. Similar other umbrellas, you must manually raise the battery operated parasol. Your I-Phone and your umbrella do the same.