It’s not exactly “Snowzilla,” “Snowpocalypse,” “Jonas,” or whatever monikered meteorological phenomenon bulldozed our East Coast brethren these past few days. But El Niño to-date has proven a persistent pain in the ass. It’s great for the drought, in theory. Though I’m mindful of Paul Giamatti’s thirsty gulp from the Sideways spit bucket.
Yeah, it’s a bit like that. Only instead of a shawl of spitty Cabernet, we end up with puddles in the garage from an unfortunately sloped driveway. Actually, we don’t. My wife had the forethought to pick up a half-dozen super attractive sandbags awhile back. These we’ve configured to capture and hold Lake Beadling from the rain runoff, restraining the beast from washing our flat into the Bay. They are also a fine addition to our homestead, surely sending up the value of our home on Zillow considerably.
The sandbags have been in place for so long now, I forget they are there. So each time I back the Prius out of the driveway, hyper focused imagining getting t-boned by a speeding SUV, the sandbag speed bump spikes my adrenaline, as I assume for a split-second that I have run over our dog. I have fallen for this trick at least a dozen times. Probably will happen again today, too.
I’m saying I’m weary of the incessant rain. It keeps me out of the Bay, since swimming amidst the King Tides, storm “runoff,” and random tree-sized pier pilings holds little appeal. It keeps me off the bike, since one ride across an unexpectedly deep puddle up to one’s ankles is one ride too many. And the dog is unhappy, too. Her normal weekly walks are cut short. When they do happen, she’s force-marched through pelting rain. The result is that Wailea seeks thrills by eating things in the house that are not meant to be eaten. This results in X-Rays, ultrasounds, and meaty vet bills.
Thank you, El Niño. The kids are fairly stir crazy as well. All of the screens in our house are hot to the touch, streaming non-stop mind-numbing content into the boys’ (now slowly) developing dorsal anterior cingulate cortices. At least whatever area of the brain is responsible for feelings of guilt and contrition still functions in our 10 year-old —
We’ll apply this $6.75 towards–you guessed it–our “Rainy Day Fund.” In other words, we already spent it. Gone. Depleted.
Alright, time to run. On a squeaky treadmill. In the garage. Huffing on dangling and exposed puffs of fiberglass insulation. Waiting for the dog to inadvertently clip my ankles, sending me to the human hospital as payback for the aforementioned unscheduled vet visit and belly shaving.
No rain, no rainbows? Thanks for reading.