Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

The rain in my part of the world keeps falling….and falling….like the song, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, from the 1969 western movie, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, with Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy and Robert Redford, as The Sundance Kid, has anyone seen Robert Redford lately? Geez that guy has aged….but I am digressing…as usual….

The movie, for those of you too young to remember 1969, was about a couple of American bank robbers and was apparently based on a true story, although I think the facts had been stretched a bit to make a movie….for instance, I doubt very much that a cowboy bank robber would take time out of his busy schedule of robbing banks and trains to ride a bicycle with Katherine Ross while hearing a song playing mysteriously in the background…but who knows? Maybe they did…..

The real Butch Cassidy, whose real name was Robert LeRoy Parker, was active as a bank and train robber in the late 1800’s to the turn of the century. He was the leader of a group of bank robbers called “The Hole In The Wall Gang” who created some havoc with banks and trains before taking off for South America, Boliva to be exact, when things got too hot in the United States.

Supposedly Butch Cassidy was killed in Boliva by police around 1901, although there are rumors and speculation that he actually didn’t die in Boliva but actually lived out the rest of his life in quiet obscurity back in the United States.  Here is a picture of the real Butch Cassidy, as he looked back in those heady bank robbing days of the late 1800’s…nice suit….

Yes, it’s been raining around here, hard, and for a long time, about 4 days of rain and not much else, resulting in apparently a foot of water in some regions, 300 millimeters. 

Wow, in fact they said that about 3 months of rain has fallen in 4 days, and parts of our province are in a state of emergency. It’s tragic to see people’s homes surrounded by water, and in at least one picture I saw on the news, the water was halfway up the side of someone’s cottage. Some folks had to be taken from their homes in boats by emergency workers.

So…no shortage of water this year anyway. The wells will be full. We are gearing up for a trip to the camp to check things out and hopefully, if it hasn’t washed away, to stay for a couple of days. By the sound of the forecast, it’s gonna be a couple more days of rain, so it will be several more days before the water level peaks. I suspect it is well up on the lawn at the camp now and the lake is as high as I’d like to see it, high water is good provided your pants aren’t too long.

The thing about endless rain and high water is….there is nothing anyone can do about it anyway, the latest forecast, I just heard our local weather forecaster say, more showers and rain today, continuing…..and continuing….like the armed to the teeth, determined posse chasing Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, relentless in their pursuit of the two train / bank robbers.

Sounds like I am going to need a good  Rainsuit if I want to do anything outside this week. I used to go deer hunting this time of year regardless of the weather. Nowadays I don’t go hunting unless it is a nice day, no pleasure in sitting in the woods dripping wet, shivering, wondering if I’ll ever get dry again. I remember when I thought that was fun. Can’t imagine it being fun now.

So….in the interests of all those housebound souls stuck inside, unable to get to the camp, or even outdoors to play, let’s have a musical interlude….Ok, a one ana two ana three, everybody now, Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head, but that doesn’t mean my eyes….OK stop singing…not that you are off key…but….well let’s just listen, feel free to sing along…..

I am reminded of a line from the aforementioned movie, said by Strother Martin, the actor who played Percy Garris in the movie,  “I’m not crazy; I’m just colorful”

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

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