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It's weather out
The ubiquitous elevator conversation...

"What happened to summer?" he asked over his shoulder.

I laughed a little. "It’s not summer yet, and for spring in New England, this makes perfect sense."

He turned his head forward and stared at the door. "You haven’t been around long enough."

His tone had changed. Since he actually sounded a little belligerent, I chose to respond simply by smiling at the back of his head.

"I said 'you haven’t been around long enough.'"

I thought about telling him that I grew up in the Northeast and was already well accustomed to the vagueries of spring rains. I decided it was probably best to let it lie.

The door opened on the first floor, and as he stepped out of the car, he left me with, "This is shitty weather."

He might as well have been shaking his fist at me. I wished him a pleasant evening.

I wondered how many people had, at that moment, made similar declarations, each a little prayer to change the things we cannot control. I also wondered if I am the only person in this city who can go outside on a day like today and think it beautiful.
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cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: May 22nd, 2003 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it's because people ultimately like to complain about things they have no power over. Some people like to blame all those uncontrolable forces on all their problems.

It's kind of why I never really enjoyed talking about the weather for more than a second. (Growing up in Minnesoate makes you hate weather talk with passion).

That guy totally sounds like he needed a cock punch though to lighten his mood.
komos From: komos Date: May 22nd, 2003 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I can imagine that it would be difficult to deal with this conversation after a couple of years of residence:

"Kinda cold out."

What else can you say?
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: May 22nd, 2003 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your ability to appreciate gray days is something that few people have (and is definitely an asset). I can appreciate the beauty in how things look and enjoy listening to the rain, but I find it hard to go outside on days like today (although I'm happy on a porch). I think it's the feeling of being "stuck inside" that gets to people, at least that's what gets to me about weather like this.
komos From: komos Date: May 22nd, 2003 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
"A brave man doesn't fear the elements upon his face."
"Yes, but a wise man knows enough to get out of the rain!"
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: May 24th, 2003 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Big Trouble In Little China?
komos From: komos Date: May 24th, 2003 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, yeah... ;)
riverbank From: riverbank Date: May 22nd, 2003 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
gray overcast days are the best! throw in a bit of mist to green up the moss, heaven!

(that's the best thing about living here, northwest)
komos From: komos Date: May 22nd, 2003 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. ^_^

I've heard that the Olympic peninsula is like no other place on earth, in part because of what you've described. I will get there someday.
riverbank From: riverbank Date: May 23rd, 2003 08:32 am (UTC) (Link)


yeh come by anytime
komos From: komos Date: May 24th, 2003 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seriously? That would be super cool.
riverbank From: riverbank Date: May 24th, 2003 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)


sure why not? just give me fair warning first.
we have a cooshy lawn and a tent which i'm already used to sleeping in if you prefer the indoors.
komos From: komos Date: May 25th, 2003 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)


Groovy. And will do. Wouldn't happen for a while yet, anyway. ^_^

And either is fine. I'm perfectly happy sleeping outside.
guitarcries From: guitarcries Date: May 22nd, 2003 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate it when people talk about the weather. I only do it to perhaps start off a conversation, and lead into other things. A friend of mine in RI actually uses weather as the meat of his conversations frequently, which drives me nuts. For gosdsakes, there are more interesting things to talk about.

It sounds like that guy probably had something enormously bad going on in his life, and it came out in his getting so emotional about the beautiful spring rain. Even if you don't like the rain, I can't imagine getting that upset over just it.
komos From: komos Date: May 23rd, 2003 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't mind it so much, but it threw me that he seemed to take the exchange so personally. I know I have a slightly different perspective than most, but I've never had anyone get snarky for not agreeing with his assessment.

I'm guessing that he probably rented a cottage on the Cape for the weekend, hoping for some loungin'-on-the-beach time. I hope he has a good weekend anyway.
From: couplingchaos Date: May 23rd, 2003 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I love big thunderstorms with layers of purple and gray clouds. We don't get them up here like we did in Texas, though.

I generally prefer overcast days to bright sunny ones that make me squint and worry about skin cancer. Actual rain can be inconvenient if I have to be out in it, though, but it's great if I'm indoors.
komos From: komos Date: May 23rd, 2003 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
If the t-storms in TX are anything like the ones they have in AZ, I absolutely concur. The last time I went out was just before monsoon season started and I was out driving in the desert when the first storm of the season hit. It was breath-taking.
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wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: May 25th, 2003 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mmmmm..... nice.....
komos From: komos Date: May 28th, 2003 05:52 am (UTC) (Link)
The only way it could be better is if there was tea and pie being served. Or maybe just pie.
hieeee From: hieeee Date: May 26th, 2003 10:30 am (UTC) (Link)


The best love-making session I ever had was during a camping trip. We had hoped for a bright, sunny day - and instead? We got lots of storms. We were forced (heh) to stay inside the tent and well . . . in close quarters like that? Mmmm wonderful things happened. Yeah. I can definitely appreciate a gray day. Yum.

Oh . . . and btw? I've missed you. More than anyone would have ever thought a stranger could miss another stranger.

:: kiss ::
komos From: komos Date: May 28th, 2003 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Nature is ancient

Sounds like a delicious way to adapt.

Had much the same experience on a canoe trip (years ago now...) There was a way in which the isolation, the resignation, and the awe just served to bring us both to utter abandon. Nothing needed to be said because we were both responding to needs both ancient and urgent. Never quite felt so alive or so out of my head.

Come to think of it, though, it's rained like that on nearly every camping trip I've made. Just lucky, I guess... or at least would be if I had had special friends with me each time. ^_^

You're very sweet... thank you.

...and I'm still anxiously anticipating email from you. ;)
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