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Chasing Rainbows

Chasing Rainbows

I actually do chase rainbows. The weather patterns where we live are very conducive to their creation and we’ve become practiced at knowing beforehand that the odds of a rainbow occurring are high. Usually a stormy east sky and the sun setting clear in the west. We must see over a dozen rainbows a year and about half of those will be double rainbows. We love them, and when they show their stripes we will go on a chase to find the best vantage for a photograph or to just enjoy them.

Of course, rainbows are ephemeral. They’ll shine, they glow, they’ll wax and wane and finally their gone. Something that grows from almost nothing, becomes amazing and beautiful and then disappears. They are something to be enjoyed while they’re between the wax and the wane.

Not everyone gets to see rainbows, but everyone should have rainbows to chase. An impossible dream, a goal, something that’s in reach, if not quite within grasp, but worth striving for. It’s best if that rainbow cannot be grasped, but only chased, for it’s the pursuit of rainbows that makes each of us what we are.

Rainbows are worthy of being chased and I’m still chasing!

-- By Jim Harlan

Spin

I remember when I was a little kid encountering ‘spin’ for the first time. I was playing ping pong with an older friend and he would put ‘english’ on the ball each time he returned or served the ball. The resulting spin would make my return go to the left or right or dive down into the net or fly long, It didn’t take long for me to figure out what was happening, but even then I could do little to counter his skill in manipulating the spin on the ping pong ball. I distinctly remember thinking that he was somehow cheating!

Of course I wanted to learn to ‘cheat’ too, but try as I might, I had a most difficult time coming up to his level of skill. I never did get very good at it and my friend always crushed me in our ping pong games. Over time I encountered spin or english in just about every physical activity and slowly came to appreciate it and realize that it was not cheating, but was the essence of many games of skill. A bowler, a baseball pitcher, a golfer, a soccer player, a billiard player and many others all employ spin to excel in their sports.

But everyone knows that the most prolific use of spin is in politics. A real world event happens that is not to some politician’s liking and he will spin the explanation of what happened in way that favors his actions or point of view. Indeed they can just about turn anything on its head in order to be viewed on the right side of things and curry favor with potential voters. Major political players will have a “spinmiester” on staff who specializes in the craft. These wizards of spin will also try to unspin the spin of their opponents in an unending back and forth.

It’s kinda like ping pong played by masters of spin. Amazing skills, but I still think they’re cheating!

- - - by Jim Harlan