A little bit about a lot of things:

• Who doesn’t watch the weather? I mean, the weather is one of those things that impacts all of us....and with its capricious and unpredictable nature weather is absolutely fascinating.

The weather dictates what we wear on any given day, whether we work (or even venture) outdoors or stay safely inside, impacts travel plans, baseball games, backyard barbecues and so much more.

Weather involves temperature, winds, precipitation (in its various forms)......sometimes Mother Nature whips up a volatile brew of elements that tests us with challenging conditions, while at other times she smiles on us with a picture-perfect day.

The weather also is a regular topic of coffee shop conversation, workplace debates and so much more....it is that much of a force in our life.

Some folks, though, take interest in the weather an extra mile......such as rural Gustine resident Tony  Rocha, who has been recording and dutifully keeping records of rainfall at his home place for decades.

With some six rain gauges scattered around the property, you know that Tony takes his hobby pretty seriously.

In the short term, he gets to swap stories with other West Siders about how much rainfall a specific storm delivered.....but on a longer-term basis is creating an important resource.

Tony is one of our leading local weather watchers, and like most who have a passion for weather is more than happy to share stories and information.

Enjoyed visiting with him.....and sharing his story with our readers this week.

• Some things you just never think about.....during a holiday visit recently one of our daughters shared the story of trying to explain to her 10-year-old how students would line up at her middle school to use the pay phone at the curb.

Apparently, she got pretty much a blank look....and when I think about it, in this world when everybody has their own phone, I wouldn’t want to try to explain to a 10-year-old what a pay phone was, either.

The generational gap grows only wider....

• Welcome news from Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which notified us last week that our one-year solar “true-up” would result in a credit on our bill, meaning that we produced more electricity than we used during that time.

The amount remains unknown at this point and I know that it will be just a few dollars, as we were running pretty close to even heading into the last month.

But it’s the principle of the thing that counts, so we’ll take it.

• Always love it when people do the right thing.....Kat answered a knock at our door Sunday evening to find a passer-by standing on our doorstep asking if we would mind if she took a few lemons from our tree. Always happy to share a bumper crop with those courteous enough to ask.....don’t feel quite so good about sharing when people just help themselves, as sometimes happens.

• Not always a big NFL fan.....but looking forward to Saturday’s playoff matchup between the 49ers and Minnesota Vikings....game on!

• Working from home this foggy Monday morning, which I rarely do unless under the weather (no pun intended).

I know that a lot of people do just fine working remotely, but I’ve always had a hard time with the concept. I like to be home when I’m home, and at work when I’m at work, and not blending the two. To me, being at work is a mindset very much different than being at home.

However, I have to say that it has been interesting to have a news network on in the background.....I have learned, for example, that two in five people surveyed cannot complete a simple household repair without Googling the problem.

Just a little fun fact, I guess.

But, yep, it’s time for the television to go off.

• Words of wisdom from Facebook.....

“Learn to be okay with people not knowing your side of the story. You have nothing to prove to anyone.”

“The largest mountains are achievable, it just depends on your perspective.”

“Correct each other in private, defend each other in public, and keep personal business off Facebook.”

Enough said.

Dean Harris the Managing Editor of the West Side Index and Gustine Press-Standard. He can be reached at dharris@mattosnews.com or by calling (209) 243-8104.