Gov. Rick Perry's life has been shaped by several “supernatural events”— actually weather events, but “very extraordinary, way-out-of-the-realm-of-normal weather phenomena.”
Some of them were turning points in Perry's life — an assessment we've asked major candidates for governor to make.
The first came after he'd returned home to Haskell County in 1977 following a stint in the Air Force, moving back in with his parents after deciding to go into agriculture with his dad.
A severe dry period convinced him to get his airline transport pilot rating and apply to fly for Southwest Airlines.
“I told my dad, I said, ‘I've got to go do something to make a living,'” Perry said. “And my dad, in his very curt but wise way, said, ‘It'll rain. Always does. But you need to go do what you want to do.'”
When the dry spell broke in a big way, he changed his mind about Southwest Airlines: “It became a 100-year flood in our part of the state ... And I kind of took that as my signal that that wasn't where I was supposed to be going off to.” Otherwise, he said, “I would have been sitting in the left seat of a 737 right now.”
Monday, February 1, 2010
Rick and luck...
Peggy Fikac has an interesting tale of how Rick got from point A to point B in his life (link). Excerpt follows...
Peggy with a very interesting look at coincidences and how they shaped Rick's path to where he is now... I would recommend reading the entire commentary...