Wednesday, July 11, 2007

every time i go outside, it rains

"This is turning into an epidemic."

"I'm telling you, write a letter to Mayor Daley..."

"No kidding! Last week there was an eight-percent-visibility monsoon when I was driving to the airport to pick you up, and as soon as you got in the car it was gorgeous the whole time--right up until your plane took off again five days later, when it promptly started drizzling. You really are magical."

"It's probably rained more in one afternoon there than it has all year in Southern California."

"Hmph. Let's see, Monday it was hot and sunny--until I left the office to walk to the bus stop when it rained only until I got onto the bus. Then Tuesday the same thing; as soon as I started shutting down my computer the Heavens decided to unload. That time I made it to a bus shelter, but then the bus didn't come for FIFTY minutes and there was half a foot of water in the street. And then this morning just as I stepped onto the platform to wait for the train, it began to pour! All these people stood out in it with their umbrellas so they could get on the train first, so the poor chumps without umbrellas got soaked waiting behind them while they stopped before getting on to close their umbrellas. All for what? To make that four-foot trek from the awning to the train without getting wet? What are they, made of sugar?!"

"Howcome you don't carry an umbrella?"

"You think I haul around that hugeass bag without an umbrella? I guess I never deem it worthy of opening because I either won't be outside long enough or it's not raining hard enough to make it worth the trouble."

"I didn't think so, but you kept talking about how you were getting dumped on... Have you thought about plastic work clothes?"


Anonymous said...

Hah! I do the same thing with the umbrella. "Oh, it's more hassle than it's worth," then I get totally drenched and spend the rest of the afternoon soaking wet.

Wish you'd come to our neck of the woods. We could use some rain...

Becky said...

dontcha love that? it rains here every afternoon, usually when i walk to my car at the end of the day, only heavy enough to soak my shirt and hair, and then by the time i drive a half mile, it's already over...

stupid ass rain.

Jon said...

We've had about 3.5 inches of rain all year here in Southern California... If you get that much in a day, I'd seriously consider the plastic clothes option.

omar said...

We normally get quite a bit of rain, but this year, we've gotten next to none. I wish the skies would be this clear during the winter.

Anyway, plastic clothes might not be a bad idea, as long as you don't pick anything too shiny.

Lia said...

I'm also like that about umbrellas, because what do you do with a wet umbrella while on the train?

I don't know if plastic clothes are the right solution, since they'll never dry. What you need is uncreasable polyester, which dries to a manageable level pretty quickly. Also a wringer and a blow dryer.

And yeah, the rain here has been pretty bad, too. Not as frequent (or maybe that's just because I'm stuck indoors alllllll day), but just as heavy - anytime I'm outside.

naechstehaltestelle said...

Reminds me of my favorite Overheard in NY quote:

Older woman: Excuse me, miss?
Younger woman: Yeah?
Older woman: Your veil, your burqa is very beautiful. I didn't know your people were allowed to wear it in bright colors.
Younger woman: It's not a burqa, it's a poncho. I'm Jewish. It's for the rain. I got it at TJ Maxx.

Guyana-Gyal said...

It's La Nina, I heard, that's causing all this rain. July-August are normally dry here...not this year.

I looove umbrellas, the pretty ones, I think I might start a collection.

Guyana-Gyal said...

p.s. that post about friendships...wonderful. go on...sell it to a magazine.

ML said...

Damn Murphy and his laws!

I usually leave my umbrella in the car thinking it'll only "sprinkle a bit". Ends being a monsoon.

Sphincter said...

Aw, man. Like Schleprock. Bummer.

Alexandra said...

ahhh chicago!!