Rain on the plain

What a week for weather. Or as J. Wellington Wimpy used to phrase it on the comics page, between requests for hamburgers: “Nice weather, isn’t it, we’re having?”

Some people are rain partisans. Me, I prefer rain that falls gently at night, while I’m sleeping, before giving way to sunny skies at dawn. Not light rain and gray skies, day after day.

This overcast week, life here is like Seattle but without the coffee and monorail, San Francisco without the charm, Portland without Powell’s Books and trolleys. Good weather is all we have. Without it, what are we? Bah.

Bah, I say.

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  • Ramona Fredericks

    I’m with you, David. More than a day or two of dark skies and drizzle will send me into a funk quicker than anything else.

    Anything heavier than a drizzle turns the streets into raging rivers and a trip to the market or Target is just not worth the stress.

    Seattle? Starbucks!!

    Oh, wait. Maybe not. The nearest Starbucks is on the other side of the local river.
    The nicest thing anyone has done for me was during the months of deluge in 2003. Or was it 2004?

    At any rate the fellow I was dating knew of my fear of flooding streets and surprised my by picking me up in a diesel tractor — big enough to ford any river don’tcha know — for a much-needed outing.

    The latest bunch of wet stuff hasn’t interfered with my shopping and errands but it’s depressing nonetheless.

    Here’s to clear skies and sunshine!


  • Tad Decker

    “The Rain’s Brief Reign Causes Allen to Complain.”

    Sorry, no sympathy from me (I guess I am one of those rain partisans). I have always welcomed a nice spate of wet weather — it freshens the air and cleans the smog residue off the tree leaves.

    I will have to admit that I would not be able to handle the constant gloom of the Pacific Northwest, however. I suppose that the benefit of rain is that it provides a break from what is otherwise a climate of near paradise-like qualities! We do not want too much of a good thing now, do we?

    [Maybe so, although I remain a fan of too much of a good thing. — DA]

  • http://www.opendiary.com/baybnjoe Kristin McConnell

    David, this is completely off the subject, but very important. Please go to my diary at opendiary.com and go to my most recent entry, “Fixed things and had a shock.” It’s about the Iron Skillet in Ontario and it isn’t good. Please don’t write anything about it, yet. I think you’ll want to. Talk to Tommy next week at lunch. Thanks!

  • Charles Bentley

    Like most Southern California natives, I know that rain is something that most of us endure rather than enjoy. As the song states, “It never rains in California, but girl, don’t they warn ya? It pours, man it pours!”

    During my last visit to the Emerald City, I spoke with a tour guide at the Space Needle. She said that Seattle averaged 230 cloud-filled days (no sunshine) each year. But when pressed, she admitted “that’s just the average. It’s probably much closer to 300, with half of those being rainy days.”

    Considering the alternative, I’ll opt to survive our modest rainy season. And didn’t Perry Como tell us that “The bluest skies you’ve ever seen are in Seattle … “? Guess he was there at just the right time!

    [I’m with you, Charles. A few inconvenient days here and there, or even five in a row, are still better than 230 or 300. — DA]