Pat Shingleton: "Records, Babies and Threshold"
We have enough, if not too much, and California will need much more for years-to-come. Baton Rouge averages 67.5 inches of rain per year and as of this writing, 41.6 inches has been logged at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. With fewer showers and more heat, we'll rely on our precious surplus of water to keep us cool and hydrated. Kids are enjoying the cooling pool and ice water seems to be the drink-of-choice throughout the day at our favorite restaurants and "watering-holes." Many restaurants out west only serve H2O if it is requested while others determine if you prefer bottled or "house" water. You may want to head to your favorite snowball stand today, last Sunday the lines were long and the wait was 25 minutes to get one at Rainbow Delights. You can also enjoy a dip in the pool or a shower from the backyard hose-pipe. Years ago, the man of the house enjoyed the privilege of clean water for his bath, followed by his sons, then the women and finally the babies. The dirty water posed a threat of losing a family member, leading to the saying: "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water." Only the wealthy had slate floors and during wet weather a layer of thresh was scattered on the slippery surface for better footing. During the winter months, piles of thresh would cover the doorway and once opened, the thresh would spill onto the entryway, creating the word "threshold." My columns are available for home delivery at www.patshingleton.com.