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Monsoons, Rainbows & Heroic Deeds
Life As Double G Knows It
This Gerdes Gabber article published on: Saturday, April 2, 2005

Southern California monsoon season ceased and the vernal equinox ushered in augeries of hot summertime dry heat. The horses have benefited from the greenery. Many of the humans have been victims of mudslide catastrophe. Not as clobbering as Tsunami tragedy but still Mother Nature in meteorologic menopausal syndrome. Yet relatively happy ducks are afloat on Echo Park Lake. They are obviously quacks. Like the vaudevillian gadfly used to say, "Let a smile be your umbrella and you'll have a mouthful of rain."

However, my indelible memory of the record rainfall of 2005 in SoCal goes thusly: Whilst motoring easterly down the 134 aka The Ventura Freeway, past the Walt Disney Studios and The Gene Autry Heritage Museum singing the "Ballad of Davy Crockett" to myself and imagining that I be a-gallop atop "Champion" the Singing Cowboy's great Stallion, Reality ushered me front and center into the Here & Now.   I entered an amazing sunshower like never seen before. In it I beheld a glorious rainbow arching from the Forest Lawn Cemetary to the Foothills of the Angeles Crest Forest. It was so stunning that traffic slowed in awe as each and every car passed right through this Magnificent Arch. I was amazed indeed to see the prism of colors reflect off the concrete embankment of the Freeway edge. Then, upon wheeling through and under this splendiforous Rainbow Arch, the sky darkened to near charcoal and a torrential deluge ensued. No hyperbole I assure you. Incredible.

Later that afternoon, I listened to an interview on the car radio with a man who was neither a surgeon, physician, nor even a medic but performed an appendectomy on a fellow soldier during the Second World War. He used primitivew tools such as bent spoons to brace the incision. The surgery was successful. He saved a life. Some years later, he was riding in a train next to a guy reading a "Ripley's Believe It or Not" account of this historic improvised operation. It was complete with drawings of our life saving hero. The guy showed him the article saying, "Whaddaya think of this?"  Our hero responded, "I wouldn't believe a word of it."   That's how to play it.


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