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Give rain some respect.
February 24, 2005
Rain has been falling in buckets this month.  I know people find rain to be the bane of their existence, but not me, I like it.  I don't mean that in some casual way, either.  I really like the rain.  I look forward to it, I enjoy it while it lasts, and I'm sad when it's gone.

Media bias

Unfortunately, weathermen have been spewing rain hate propaganda for decades.  When the forecast calls for precipitation, they get this dire tone to their voice and look of gloom in their eyes and proclaim, "It's not gonna be very nice tomorrow."  One rainy night the local news anchor led into the weather segment with a report about escalated real estate prices in the bay area.  And then weather chick began her segment by saying, "People still want to live in the bay area, even with all this rain!"  Even with all this rain?  What the hell is that supposed to mean?  These news teams have been polluting our minds for too many years, making us think rain is bad, an annoyance.  Fuck you if you don't like rain.  I love it.

I love hearing rain outside while reading a book or playing a video game.  I love falling asleep to the sound of rain (I own a CD that plays rain sounds, and a clock-radio that has built-in nature sounds).  And I love thunder storms.  Lightning flashing, thunder booming, I love all that shit, it's cool as hell.

Popular opinion

What do people say when it's raining?  They say the weather is "crappy."  Crappy?  I don't think so.  Wet, yes.  Crappy, no.  You see, it's these ingrained weather prejudices that give rain a bad name.  Tell me what's crappy about helping crops and flowers grow, refilling streams and rivers.  You like to buy vegetables and fruit at the grocery store, right?  Well, in order to have a nice juicy apple, the apple orchard needs rain.  What's crappy about that?

Here, try an experiment.  Walk up to somebody today and tell them you're thinking about moving to Seattle.  I'll bet dollars to donuts they grimace and say, "Oh, you don't want to live there, it's always raining."

Then throw this hypothetical at them, "You're going on holiday and have a choice of destination, Death Valley or Maui.  Which would you choose?"  Obviously the clown will answer "Maui," and do you know why?  Because it rains there.  Rain is what makes a lush, green, tropical island lush, green, and tropical.

So what's the problem with rain anyway?  I guess folks don't like the rain because they might ... get wet?  That's what umbrellas are for, you candy-asses.  (Except for men.  Men don't use umbrellas.)

Chief wisdom

At least the musicians and performers get it.  "Singin' in the Rain", an iconic song-and-dance performance by Gene Kelly.  "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on my Head", a classic tune by Hal David and Burt Bacharach.  "I Love a Rainy Night" by Eddie Rabbitt.

And do you know what Native Americans used to do?  They performed rain dances.  Yeah, they danced in order to bring rain.  You know why?  Because they recognized rain was life.  Rain is one of the basic needs which most living creatures cannot survive without.  And what do we do in the 21st century?  We mope around like a rainfall is the worst thing that could possibly happen.

It saddens me that so many people view rain as an inconvenience, I feel sorry for them.  Personally, I've never let rain stop me from doing anything I wanted to do.  In fact, it works well as an excuse to get out of things that I didn't want to do anyway.  I think I'll move to Seattle, I'll bet fewer rain bigots live there.

- crocoPuffs


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