The Hot Weather

The view from the shade tree.

The view from the shade tree.

It can get hot here in the Rogue Valley. 100°F plus in the direct sun makes you want to hide back in the 80°F shade of the bank. I’m so hot I don’t have any story for this. So I’ll let Hathaway Jones, famed story teller of yesteryear on the Rogue River, tell us about “The Hot Weather.”

Version II

One day Hathaway came into Agness from a trip down from Paradise Bar. He told everyone that although it was hot at Agness it was even more so up at Paradise. When asked how he knew so, he told of watching a lizard in the shade under a porch at a cabin at Paradise. The lizard wanted to reach a stump out in front of the cabin. Every once in a while it would edge out of the shade to run to the stump but the heat drove it back. Finally the lizard took off on the run to the stump but did not make it–he curled up and died, for it was too hot to make it that far. (1)

(1)Stephen Dow Beckham, edited by. Tall Tales From Rogue River: The Yarns of Hathaway Jones. Indiana University Press ©1974, Bloomington, London ISBN 0-253-18654-4

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