Even when we lived in Rochester, NY, which is the home of Kodak Headquarters and where the local joke is that it's "The World's Biggest Darkroom". No, even when we lived there, I never saw so much rain. Not all at once anyways.
Remember this Colorado meme?
Well, here's the latest one:
So I'm sick of rain now. Never thought I'd say that here. I mean, I still and will always like rain, but a bit of a recess would be nice. My heart goes out to the people who have lost property or worse.
I've never known schools to be closed for "rain days", but several had to close today. There are just so many roads that are either flooded or totally washed away. And my and Magnum's Alma Matre, CU Boulder, was literally deluged and has been closed for two days. I feel for the parents who just sent their little freshmen up there. How nerve racking.
BUT, I've managed to... well, manage.
After the atypical rain took me by surprise for my commute to school and sent me to the dreaded shuttle bus on Wednesday, I made a few adjustments. I've bicycled myself to class the last two days, when at times it was rather like submarining in.
I nabbed a DriDucks jacket that I found in Chaco or Wolfgang's stash (it's all a collective mess, pretty much), and I MUST sing its praises!
That stuff is The Bomb! Super duper lightweight, but kept me dry as the naked part of a duck!
Thursday, I wore the jacket over a pair of nylon adidas windpants. Mother Nature totally laughed at the nylon adidas windpants. They didn't last 30 seconds before being completely saturated. See figure 1.
Figure 1 represents just after I arrived back home. I know the photo is grainy/blurry, but the only ones available to take it were China, Napolion, King Reese, or the unnamed fish. Right, like fish could take a photo...
Anyway, Napolion took it as he's the smartest of the bunch.
The point is, everything covered by the DriDucks jacket is dry as Colorado in June. The adidas nylon windpants are embarrassed.
So, it was back to the drawing board (closet) for a little tweaking.
I found a rainsuit that was probably Chaco's from when he was about in 7th grade. I don't know the brand, it's just made of basic rubbery stuff. The pants were a bit short, but would do. I wore them with the DriDucks jacket for this day of delugional bicycle commuting.
This time the dryness went all the way down to about mid-shin where the rain pants stopped. Good enough.
In other rain gear test results:
- Spraying shoes with Camp Dry does nothing if rain enters them through the ankles.
- I think I now know where THE most powerful hand dryers on campus are located.
- Wearing unpleasantly damp shoes for about two and a half hours does not cause trenchfoot.
Not liking the rain, but at least I got my ducks in a row.