Monday, June 29, 2009

Rain Rain GO AWAY!

Can I just say that the weather network SUCKS the big one for forecasting rain in Sydney? I arrived at work enjoying a bright sunny day, only to venture back outside four hours later to collect my bike and cycle home at the start of yet another unexpected and unforecast torrential downpour. When I say torrential I mean like dry to drowned rat in 3.5 seconds, ankle deep in water, and, if lucky enough to be inside, the roof sounds like it's going to cave in. One block into my ride I was well on my way to being drenched and, having just recovered from a string of illnesses and injuries, I didn't want to risk something else going awry. I jumped onto an approaching bus and then scrambled into the train station. For the record being relatively wet, cold and carrying a bike in Central Station during a downpour is not a fun situation. Of course my train had just left (of course it had) and so I waited for 30 minutes (don't even get me started on the train schedule) while the throngs of people gathered on the platform. I managed to squeeze onto the train and tried to avoid making eye contact with the people glaring at me. Come on people, give me a break! The train has three floors and if people who were mobile actually sat/ stood somewhere other than right by the doors I'm pretty sure we could all fit just

I guess I should be used to this by now (or at least have learned to carry an umbrella no matter what.) Last weekend's downpour left my friend and me sopping wet from from waist to toe, our heads mercifully protected by Sarah's industrial strength umbrella and my flimsy reject store buy. We ended up having to buy dry socks and make the best of the hand dryers to dry our boots so as to not spend 2 hours sitting in a movie theatre soaking wet. Luckily the hand dryer idea worked out and we were okay. I am just so over all of this rain!

When I was in Australia in 2005 it rained twice in six months. Twice. TWICE!!! I'm not exaggerating. I know drought is bad and there were water restrictions everywhere but I am just not used to all this rain. I'd take a nice minus 5 snowfall over this any day. Maybe not minus 25, though... 

Sigh... Why is the grass always greener on the other side of the fence?


  1. I blame global warming! That picture of the cow made me LoL so hard :D

  2. Me too! I'm going to the PowerShift Conference next weekend. Hopefully we get somewhere with the environment before it's too late! Thanks for the comment. It's nice to know someone actually reads my blog! (Other than my immediate family- but I appreciate their readership too! xo)

  3. Sitting down and having a pow wow is fine and good but I'm afraid people of real action are few and far between.

    President Obama seems to be one of those rare people. He took on the tobacco AND the oil companies in ONE WEEK. That's change I can believe in!

    You're welcome =) I like reading about things that happen to interesting people ;)