Saturday, February 19, 2011

changing perspectives, part two

it rained in los angeles a few weekends ago, and i was in it and all over it. it doesn't rain that often here, so when it does, it is something of a "happening". it presents a challenge to me, as a bikerider, but as they say in portland: "there is no bad weather, only bad clothing".

unless i have somewhere to go where i have to be presentable, i love riding in the rain. for those who live in this city, let me remind you of what rain feels like. it is cool and clean and when it hits your skin it is like the mildest electric spark. it is a wake up call to your skin, and i feel sad for those people who dodge it as if it were nuclear fallout.

on a bike, you get wet pretty quickly. and the thing is that once you are wet, you are wet! it is not as if you can get wetter once you are wet. so yesterday as i was riding home from the counseling center, i got caught in it. and i got wet. and it felt remarkable. at one point a bus spashed water on my and i didn't even get upset, because i was already wet and the additional water was cool and electric all at the same time. there was a feeling of just not caring if i got wet, because it was raining, and that is what happens when it rains.

i am writing about this because it does not rain here very much, and because i was able to notice how my thinking about the rain is so different than most of the people who live here--the ones who dash from shelter to shelter and see rain as an inconvenience.


  1. You are the anomaly that lives in L.A.! lol

  2. i think i am an anomoly, jim! at least in los angeles! i wonder where all the other anomolies live??

  3. Tony,

    I am glad I found your blog. Thank you for connecting me. I look forward to reading your future postings.

  4. By the way Tony, it was also a multiple year project before I moved to southern Delaware where I live now. I was so careful to do my research and it paid off big time for me. This is the perfect place for me to live the rest of my life. Trust your instincts when doing your research for your Final Move. It is well worth the time and effort. I hope you are as successful as I have been.

  5. ron--so glad to have you on board! and i certainly appreciate the feedback-that is exactly what i am hoping for. i am glad that you found the right place to live, and that is what i am hoping as well. not sure it will be a "rest of my life" place (east bay), but open for that to be the case as well. as soon as my internship is over, i hope to have more time to research OTHER places that have been tossed my way--no use calling off the search just yet!