Every January 15th, wherever I am I raise my glass in a toast to Edward Blumingfield, for his birthday. Why? Who the hell is Edward Blumingfield? I’m glad you asked.
In second grade at Kolter Elementary School in Houston, I tossed caution to the winds and decided to throw my hat into the ring and pursue a life of public service. That’s right: I ran for class weatherman.
I lost. By one vote. To Edward Blumingfield.
You see, Edward went negative. He claimed that he would make a much better class weatherman because, as he put it, he was older than me.
Edward was born on January 15, in the evening. I was born 4 hours later, in the early morning hours of January 16th. Same hospital, same floor.
Edward taught me, way back in 2nd grade, an important lesson about negative campaigning. I am eternally grateful. So every year on his birthday, I toast his memory.
And by the way, the forecast in Austin today is for mostly sunny skies. High near 70, low of 43, winds out of the Southwest at 10, gusting to 20. And I bet wherever Edward Blumingfield is, he didn’t freakin’ know that, the little asshole.
…but I’m not bitter.