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No one moves to Los Angeles to deal with rain and cold, do they? We're here for the palm trees, blue skies, and endless summer. We have severe cognitive dissonance when the temperature dips below sixty-five degrees, much less when it actually rains. For days.

Also, no one here can deal with this much rain. Our lives are constructed to handle drought. We expect things to be dry--desert-dry--all the time. Which is why there is currently A Dire Situation on my porch, which we used for temporary storage when we moved. Oops. Moreover, the roads are flooded. Whole hills fall down. There are mudslides and chaos and evacuations.

And more significant to me, personally: no one can drive. Natives clutch at their pearls, drive one mile per hour, stomp on the brakes in the middle of giant pools of water on the roadway, and are then shocked when they hydroplane. Not good. So, sure, this is just like a random week in October to you East Coast folks, or summer to you Brits, but it's a full on Rainapocalypse here.

Add thunder and lightning to the mix? It's like it's the End Times. I've never been happier I work at home!

Date: 2010-12-23 12:55 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I've never been to the USA so all I know about the weather is what I've seen on tv and the songs of course "It Never Rains In Southern California" springs to mind. Aside from that little ditty, rain is not something I'd associate with sunny Cali-for-nigh-ay. My brother tells me it's because we experiencing La Nina weather patterns (as opposed to El Nino) - here in Australia we've had A LOT of rain and some areas have flooded. Not the boiling hot weather we've come to expect for this time of year and I, for one, am loving it.

Hope you, J. and the furkids have a wonderful, safe and merry Christmas.
Elissa G

Date: 2010-12-23 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The hills are very green, it's true-- but I'm glad the sun is out today!

Have a lovely holiday.

Date: 2010-12-23 06:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Be thankful you don't live in Seattle or Vancouver - it's been horrible here the last couple of weeks. And nobody can drive here either - I think it's a West Coast thing - people see the ocean and lose their ability to drive..... ;-)

Date: 2010-12-23 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think you're on to something. Sea-craziness? Ha!

Date: 2010-12-23 07:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The rain you've been having does sound grim!

We've had several inches of snow and the temperature hasn't been above freezing for over a fortnight. It does look pretty, especially if you don't have to travel very far in it! And a White Christmas is pretty much guaranteed for much of the UK this year.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Date: 2010-12-23 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I do love a White Christmas! Enjoy!

Date: 2010-12-23 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I remember when I toured in LA in like 2001 or 2002. It was raining hard and the escort asked nervously if we could just wait at the airport until the rain stopped.

She also didn't know what to do when her car windows steamed up.

Date: 2010-12-23 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I bet she wasn't kidding, either. They really have no idea what to do!

Date: 2010-12-24 04:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh well. Portlanders don't even notice rain. But snow? Everyone thinks its Armageddon.


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