Thursday, July 31, 2014

gotta blame it on something

This morning was ripe with opportunity. The older guys were off to work, Meego was off to band camp.  I didn't have any tuting scheduled until late afternoon.

Furthermore, all of my housewifery and grocery shopping and such was all caught up.  RIPE I say!  What to do?!

Well, there was one slight glitch.  The reason I'm so caught up on everything is that it's been raining non-stop for two days.

What?  That's really rare around here.  Usually we get these flash flood gully washer wham-bams.  In and out in about 30 minutes or less.  What's this two-, going on three-day business??

I was getting grumpy.  I wanted to play outside.  Can you hear it?  Can you hear the whine in my voice?  It's really irritating, go back and read it again, I'll wait...


I was grumpy and blaming my grumpiness on the rain.  This is upstate New York weather.  This is why we left upstate New York.  Waaaah.  (hear it??)

Blame it on the rain.

In 1989, I was working as a summer intern with four other university students.  It was a fun and memorable summer, of the carefree college days.  We five - three guys, me and another girl - often got together during off-work hours, to go out dancing and such.  One of our favorite groups was Milli Vanilli.

Remember Milli Vanilli??  And their epic fall from grace??  Anyone?

I was really disappointed when the truth about them came out, I'd been a big fan!  So many good times were accompanied by good ol' Rob and Fab!  Or... NOT Rob and Fab... *ahem*. 

 So I was linking up with Mama Kat again this week, thinking about the prompt:

1.) A song you loved when you were younger, but now listen to the words and…

I thought back to my fave 80s tunes, and I remembered Milli Vanilli.  Blame it On the Rain came to mind since my ripe day of opportunity was looking like I might be spending it building an ark.

As I listened to [anonymous] sing the words, I was thinking, "Ah, shuddup about the rain, you whiner!  Your missed opportunities are your own dang fault!  Quit making excuses, whoever you are!"

First, lemme take
a selfie

Then I stopped my own pity party, got out the always- willing Bella, and went for a freaking awesome bike ride in the rain!

And the rain actually let up quite a bit, like it was just waiting to see who would go out despite it being around.  The fair weather riders were absent, and it was just us die-hards on the pathways.

You meet the nicest people on rainy days.


Riot Kitty said...

Two or three days? Don't live in the Pacific Northwest! Try...well, months at a time.

Milli Vanilli! Sorry, but I never liked them, although I didn't get what all of the fuss was that they lip synched. It was all marketing, after all. Did you know that one of them died of suicide? I know, I'm a ray of f*cking sunshine.

Abby said...

I KNOW! I don't know how you people do it, around here we don't get socked in anything.
We had some good times with Milli Vanilli, but I wasn't into them enough to get a CD or anything. Suicide? Geesh.

Anonymous said...

Hmm.. should I admit I'm a little jealous you're getting rain? We've had beautiful weather for weeks on end, but could really use some rain. Even washing my car today didn't help. If you're done with it, could you send it our way?
Nice that Bella was willing and able to take you for a bike ride in the rain. It's always fun biking/running with fellow die hards. Did they look as good as you?

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't mind it if you sent that rain my way. They say it is always raining in Seattle, but it really DOESN'T!!! Maybe a brief sprinkle of 5 seconds and its over. And then people freak out because it even RAINED. I love the rain.

Abby said...

I'll see what I can do about sending it your way! Maybe wash the car again?
The die-hards all looked marvelous. I was actually trying to get more of my rain soaked, verdant surroundings in the selfie, but I guess my arm is pretty short.

Abby said...

I was in that area many many years ago. I remember it being humid and cloudy, but come to think of it, not that rainy. I generally like rain too, but I also like to see the sun once in a while. So picky!

terri said...

I think I still have that Milli Vanilli CD around here somewhere. I LOVED Rob and Fab, though I did often wonder, after hearing them speak in interviews, how they smoothed over those thick accents so well when they sang! But the British did it pretty easily, so I guess I didn't think too much about it. And when the truth came out... OH I was SO disappointed too!

Glad you got out to ride in spite of the rain. We've had our share of those stretches of weather too, but now it seems like the real Minnesota summer has shown up. Yay!

Marcy said...

I was whiny this morning over just one morning of rain, but I was supposed to play tennis. And it rained. :(. Still, in Connecticut we've been having the most gorgeous summer I can ever remember. Low 80s most days, without the killer humidity we usually get, so, OK, it can rain once in a while. Good for you for getting out there anyway!

Scott said...

I didn't recognize the song till I played the video--then I remembered.
Yeah, I don't know why they did that--they could just as well have used their real voices, and it wouldn't have hurt the public's enjoyment of their music.

Good picture, by the way!

Abby said...

After watching a few of their videos, they could barely make the mouth movements to lip sync! Maybe we were just all in denial toward the end.

Abby said...

My bicycle and I got muddied, but that's what washing machines and showers are for.

Abby said...

It was someone else's voices. Rob and Fab could barely speak English! Oh well, they won a Grammy.

agg79 said...

Sometimes you cannot let a little rain hold you back from getting something accomplished. Normally, I don't run in the rain, but once you are committed, things tend to work themselves out. I have done a few runs in the rain and, once you got past the initial soaking, it was ok. It just took a few days for my shooz to dry out.