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EDITOR’S DESK – weather woes.


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Living in Newfoundand comes with a few caveats. Get used to big mosquitoes. Get used to people asking you “‘Arn?” (get either one?) when you’re fishing. And get used to absolutely soul crushing weather sometimes. I’m a pretty resolute guy though. I love going for a walk in a blizzard or in a windstorm. (Hurricanes not so much). In fact, its a favourite activity of my son’s too. But with that in mind, there are days when even a guy like me feels down. These days lately have definitely been downers. The fog seems like it decided to settle on Port aux Basques as some sort of revenge. (Look up the Silent Hill video game). It feels like it has been here since the last little shovelful of snow was scraped, and it’s beginning to feel like it’ll be here for the next one too. It sure wears you down doesn’t it? We spend all winter dreaming about going swimming, or having a fire at night to sit outside. And then when summer comes…well it just doesn’t. And that can have a significant impact on mood. According to a study published on WebMD, about 9 per cent of people are “rain haters”. So any type of rain, mist, fog etc. will get them down. It can also be linked to lower seratonin levels, due to not getting enough sunshine. Having a higher seratonin level improves mood, clarity of thinking, energy, sleep quality and general happiness. So, like the old song goes, “Please Don’t Take My Sunshine Away.This is also a reason that Seasonal Affective Disorder is a thing, longer nights and shorter days. While it can be something scientific that affects us when the weather contantly stinks, it’s not the only reason that this fog and mist gets on our nerves so much. We can’t do anything. I mean, we can, but let’s be honest for a moment. How many times have Town residents gone up to the Valley just to be able to sit on a lawn chair without getting our butts wet? I admit that I have gone up to my Aunt’s at least twice so that I could get my son some sunshine before he goes home in three weeks. And yes, while I was there, I griped about the heat, the way you’re supposed to in the summer. I drove to Stephenville last Wednesday, and it was lovely to be up there in 30-plus degree weather. I puttered about between meetings, but as soon as I came back past South Branch, the sun did a “nope” and left. The rain started, and then the fog held out it’s creepy arms for me like an old friend. I have no advice to offer you, faithful readers, about how to beat the “summer blues”. All I would suggest is try to enjoy what you can, because with the way the world is going, if the heat comes like it has in BC, Alberta or Labrador, then we will have something else to complain about.

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