Hedging your bets

TURNBERRY, Scotland – As Jim McCabe points out below, Scots are pretty good at hedging their bets when it comes to the weather. There’s good reason for that. Mother Nature is so changeable in this part of the world that Scotland can often experience four seasons in the same day.

However, residents of this part of the Ayrshire Coast have a saying that’s apropos this week. It concerns Ailsa Craig, the huge rocky island that sits just off the coastline.

Here what the locals in this part of the world say about the chances of rain:

“If you can’t see Ailsa Craig then it’s raining. If you can see it then it means it’s going to rain.”

Now that what you really call hedging your bets.

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