Cool rain

I don’t have much time to talk today, but I wanted to make the observation that after a long, hot summer I walked across campus this afternoon in a cool heavy drizzle.  I took off my hat and kept my umbrella folded.

It felt wonderful.

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  1. I LOVE that. I own three umbrellas and I don’t think any of them have ever been opened.

    It rained all day and night here yesterday and it was a little chilly. I ran errands and got soaked, but I didn’t care. I walked around with a goofy smile on my face and then came home to all the windows open and I completely enjoyed every minute of it.

    I take my happy where I can get it.

    Don’t get me wrong, I have long walks around campus, including to and from my car or the bus stop every day, so I often use my umbrella and/or my big huge duster coat. But not the other day. I was ready.

    Although your comment reminded me of one of my fondest memories – my first semester of college at UVA, when I was walking back home to my dorm from my last class with a pretty girl from said class. It was early in the fall semester, and I was in an ebullient mood just like last week. She asked me about the rain, and I quoted the lines from “Big Trouble in Little China”: “A brave man isn’t afraid to feel nature on his face, Jack!” “Yeah, but a wiseman has enough sense to get in out of the rain!”

    It was just a moment in time in which I was just starting to feel at home in college, like the stars were lining up for me after many a shitty year in high school. I felt like confidence was dripping off of me like those rain drops, like I had the world in my pocket. I still smile when I think about it.

    And up ahead of us, a guy from our class was walking by a puddle when a car plowed through it and damn near drowned him.

  2. I love doing that, too. Rain always puts me in a good mood.

    Rain doesn’t always put me in a good mood. Especially from, say, mid-October through mid-March. But in the summertime it often does.

    Having said that, please no rain in Indianapolis this weekend!

    *does anti-rain dance*

  3. Mr. Gustav decided to hammer us the last two days. I finally had to tell him where to go and how to get there. Think he listened to me? Nope, cause now all his friends are lining up for the same. They can go to hell too.

    Usually those fuckers all stagger their separate ways before they make it to these shores…but lately it sure seems like they’re lining up. That sucks. Especially if you live between Galveston and Mobile.

  4. I’m just happy that it finally cooled off, I could have done without the rain.

    At this point, I’ll take it how I can get it. Plus I needed the rain to settle the dust on the big dirt piles in my yard so I could mow over them without seeming like I was Q testing out 007’s new smoke-screen device.

  5. We are getting some rain from Hanna now. Earlier today it was just starting – a nice, cool gentle caress. It just makes you smile. The kind that makes you think. I started re- reading some of your older posts and have more questions as I listen to the rain – one sticks in my mind.

    “There actually is a population of guys out there who fall between Scared and Bored…although I don’t have any firm idea how big a segment that is, I definitely know they’re out there.”

    I am curious about this – how do you identify these rare mammals?

    Rain always makes me think – which is dangerous 🙂

    Greetings and salutations! My folks back in Virginia got soaked by Hanna on Friday night and Saturday, to the tune of about six inches of rain. Woohoo!

    As far as the Scared and Bored thing goes – hell, I had to search to figure out which post I said that in. (I was right in my first guess, but I was not confident in that.)

    I specifically meant it in the case of ladies pursuing guys, so you’ll never really be able to spot that guy from across the room with 100% confidence without, you know, trying it. But here’s my gut-instinct response: a player-looking guy, surrounded by friends and/or actively hitting on girls in any given gathering, is likely to be Bored. A shy guy walking around and not making eye contact is liable to be Scared. A quiet guy watching people walk by (with some interest in his eyes) but not making any moves is more likely to be between the two.

    But that’s just my guess. Any thoughts, people?

    Good question, and possibly a topic for future discussion! It’s better now that I have a wider readership (male and female) than when I wrote that first post – more opinions to bat around!

    Thanks for commenting; stop on by again sometime!

  6. I remember going out running in the ran when I was in school. It was especially refreshing in the summer. No downpours, but just a nice steady rain.

    Now, I think it is crazy and that my Satellite radio would make me get hit by lightning.

    Hell yes, it’s better to run in the rain in the summertime. I wasn’t a runner, but back where I’m from it was typical for us guys to ride bicycles before we got our licenses. So considering I was riding three hilly miles to the little country store to hang out and play pool, I assure you I greatly preferred the rain to the asphault-melting heat!

  7. 🙂 thanks for the cues on ID’ing in between guys. Classic case of in-between guy meeting in-between woman, who thinks too much. That almost sounds like a post.

    I am toying with the idea of starting a blog – but also keeping a low profile. In the interim I will keep reading your blog.

    When and if you start a blog, let me know!

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