Fool enough to stand in the rain

We’ve been having torrential rains lately, which is typical of the drought-breaking autumn rains. Yesterday was no exception, but after a morning torrent it seemed to dry out, despite the layer of clouds.

I put on my shoes to head out for a walk up in the hills, and our flat suddenly became quite dark. One of those clouds was rather menacing. I decided to take my raincoat just in case.

In the time it took me to lock our door and walk down the stairs, the cloud let loose. Undeterred, I went out anyway, splashing down the road and up onto a highway overpass, where brown runoff from the hills was racing down the gutter. At the opposite end of this overpass bridge was a man holding an umbrella and just standing there.

FIrst: I never see pedestrians on this overpass. My wife and I are apparently the only people who actually walk on it. Second: the Portuguese, or at least the Algarvean Portuguese, never stand around in the rain. They flee from it as quickly as they can. So who was this person fool enough to be standing around in a downpour?

His attention was fixed on a vacant lot across the road, so I followed his gaze and saw a dozen white and brown sheep, contentedly browsing. A quick look back at the man showed that I’d missed his tall walking stick, the clear mark of a shepherd.

Which I suppose makes me the only one fool enough to be out in the rain. He had a job to do; I just wanted to go for a walk.

As a side note, I also learned that my raincoat is no longer waterproof.

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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10 Responses to Fool enough to stand in the rain

  1. Lisa Shaw says:

    You’re an Oregonian, for heaven’s sake. Surely you own an umbrella or two? 😉

    • oregon expat says:

      Nope. Haven’t owned an umbrella for about two decades — living at the Oregon coast broke me of the habit. Umbrellas are useless at the coast because of the constant winds. Raincoats rule! — unless, of course, they stop working.

      • Lisa Shaw says:

        I said for years that Gore-Tex and polar fleece are proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy … even if we do live in western Oregon. 😉 My 10-year-old REI Gore-Tex jacket should last me the rest of my life living in Idaho, though, which is fine with me!

  2. Alma says:

    A lovely little story. Simply lovely.
    (Shame about the raincoat, though.)

    • oregon expat says:

      I know, I’m gutted. It’s a Marmot raincoat that the company sent me as a free replacement after my first one started to peel off its Gore-tex lining. The two coats combined have been with me for around a decade. Got my money’s worth, I’d say.

      But dangit, the outside of that coat still looks brand new!

  3. xenatuba says:

    Sometimes, you just need to stand and enjoy the rain…

  4. João Brandão says:

    what you need is one of these:

    and then you can also pretend to be a superhero. 🙂

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