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Soaked

I live in Seattle, so I usually ignore rain. Not today.

I could hear the rain this morning, which means it's stronger than the usual drizzle we get around hear. I dug around for an umbrella (umbrellas are like sunglasses around here — you don't really need them often), but there's none to be found on the coat stand or in the closet. So I say "How bad can it be?" and head out for the bus.

I wait 4 minutes for the bus, and by the end of it, I'm a drowned rat. My glasses do that thing where they are so covered with water, the bus windows are all fogged up from the moisture, my hair is slicked against my head. Ick. Upon arrival, I've got a 5 minute walk from the stop to the office. When I walk in I'm greeted by "Wow, it's really pouring out there." I grunt in reply, though what I really want to do is shake like a dog and soak them in it.

Lunchtime rolls around at 12:45, and of course I did not pack myself a lunch today. So again I say "How bad can it be? I'm sure it has tapered off." So I walk a few minutes to the cafeteria, big deal. Wrong, wrong, wrong. My leather jacket is soaked through, and my hiking boots are not cutting it. On the way back, I realize I have a broken umbrella in a filing cabinet at the office. It'll be better than nothing for the wait at the bus stop tonight.

I do believe that climate change has come to Seattle. This isn't "Seattle fog" or "mist" or "drizzle". It's heavy drops of big rain.

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nibowl
Jan. 17th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
this is what i consider actual rain... the stuff seattle normally has qualifies as a mist or drizzle usually and i would never say it was actually rain... now if we can only get a real thunderstorm here i'll be happy
writersweekend
Jan. 17th, 2005 11:23 pm (UTC)
hah.

This rain is the rain of my childhood. When I had to walk a mile to the bus stop. Through pastures inhabited by snakes and bulls. The past few years have been anomolous. Is that a word?
brainstormfront
Jan. 18th, 2005 12:21 am (UTC)
My sympathies, boyo, but I'll trade your water-logged day for my existence. It's not peaked beyond 12 degrees Fahrenheit since last Thursday.... Remember those days of yore, and marvel at rain in January, oh yes. ;)
ironymaiden
Jan. 18th, 2005 01:25 am (UTC)
i'm with you. something's up with the climate. the family reports temperatures in THE SIXTIES in PA.

and parking disappears in this kind of rain, so having the car along doesn't help, i assure you, as i sit here in the coffee shop, steaming.
mckitterick
Jan. 18th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
Dude, that worldwide climatic change we've been awaiting? It's here. Note that Lawrence (Kansas, for pete's sake!) has been in a deep freeze for weeks now. Single digits at night. In Kansas. Heavy rain in Seattle. Frogs and filet mignon falling from the sky in Kenya. Dogs and cats sleeping together! It's the end-times, my friend.

Chris
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