Rainy Day Observations

It has been a weathery week in Phoenix. Temperatures are starting to become tolerable, which has led to an increase in rain and wind storms.  I absolutely love these changes and am looking forward to when winter comes to the desert.  However, hailing from the Midwest (where weather changes as drastically and frequently as it wants to), I had never realized how odd and amusing weather could actually be. Here are my Top 5 Rainy Day Observations:

number1

Any minuscule fragment of cloud in the sky triggers meteorologist to predict a chance of rain for at least a few days.

number2

Any rain, regardless of the time of year, is classified as “monsoon” and can range from a few drops to an actual downpour.

number3

Regardless of the amount, when a “monsoon” does occur, it is ALWAYS coupled with all the necessary storm/flood warnings.

number4

While nature precipitates, most locals lose all ability to drive in a safe or even logical manner.

and…

number5

The first day of major rain, everyone’s top priority is winterizing their car… which means heading to Auto Zone and replacing the windshield wipers.

Never before had I realized the dangers of a few drops of rain. I have learned to ignore the weather reports. They are spot on when it comes to hot and sunny, but always wrong when it comes to any actual weather. Flooding is always a risk around here, but I don’t see the adamant danger of a 10 minute sprinkle, most of which evaporates before it hits the ground. Roads that could barely be considered wet somehow trigger insanity in drivers,  forcing them to swerve madly, often directly into another vehicle. (I know some people say this is a fairly standard characteristic of these city drivers, whether it is raining or not.)  On a happy note, my car is already winterized and I didn’t need to spend a fortune on tires or chains. Whoot!

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AZ Ghostbusters

This weekend, I spent a few hours in the company of the Arizona Ghostbusters, a group of tried and true Ghostbusters fans who make costumed appearances to raise awareness for a variety of charities. Yesterday they made an appearance at the local Bookmans (a buy/sell/trade exchange store) where they chatted with customers and posed for pictures to benefit the Step Out to Fight Diabetes, a walk occurring next month in the Phoenix area.  There was a free raffle that I didn’t win, complete with fabulous Ghostbusters-related prizes (and a few dinner-for-twos thrown in).  Louis Tully and even the Scourge of Carpathia himself both made vocal appearances over the intercom throughout the afternoon. The turnout was amazing. Kids were buzzed on free Stay Puft marshmallows and Slimer Suckers.  People geeked out in their own Ghostbusters gear. What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

"... no human would stack books like this."

"... no human would stack books like this."

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