At 12:00 Noon.
It was coming down pretty heavy.
Parade started at 1:00 pm – rain or shine.
Apparently Mermaids don’t melt.
At 4:00 pm?
A Saturday, late in February.
High of 61 F (16 C), sunny — while dievca worked all day.
As she rode home, the clouds rolled in.
The wind was rattling the front door to the apartment, so dievca closed the windows – even through the clean, crisp smell was lovely.
Torrential down pour, with sideways sheets of rain.
Text to Master:
“When the bathroom window is cracked open
and you are getting spritzed on the toilet…
you know it’s a wild, wonderful storm!”
Apparently, dievca missed one window and got a little wet, while her Master got drenched in the storm.
Addendum 03/08/2017 — leaving for work at 5:45 am, the doorman said it was just drizzling…sideways squalls, having to walk the bike two avenues west because of the wind and ending up completely drenched at work 20 minutes later….dievca isn’t feeling too fond of wild wonderful storms….
There is one day a year when Americans turn to a small mammal to predict the weather, Groundhog Day. It’s the day we celebrate the American tradition of finding out if there will be six more weeks of winter
Thousands will converge on the small Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney to see if Punxsutawney Phil will emerge from his temporary burrow and see his shadow. If that happens, winter weather will continue across the United States. But if Phil doesn’t see his shadow, spring temperatures are on the way.
Groundhog Day is derived from ancient Christian and Roman customs in Germany, where Europeans celebrated Candlemas, a holiday marking the Virgin Mary’s presentation of Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem 40 days after his birth. Candlemas is observed on Feb. 2nd. If there were clear skis on that usually meant an extended winter. German immigrants brought the rituals to the U.S.
Punxsutawney Phil was named an official immortal oracle in 1887 by a group of groundhog hunters from Punxsutawney. Rivals such as Staten Island Chuck and Gen. Beauregard Lee have tried to undermine his fame, but Phil has maintained his cultural significance.
For those who refuse to believe in the fantasy of Phil’s immortality are right. Groundhogs in captivity typically live no longer than 10 years. And the U.S. National Climatic Data Center has found that Phil is only correct about 40% of the time.
Ah, well, it inspired a great movie!
Phil Connors: (to the groundhog) “Don’t drive angry! Don’t drive angry!”
Phil Connors: When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.
Sputtering and drooling.
I forge through the mess.
Invincible in my clothes.
Except for my glasses.
My glasses reflect the chaos.
They protect my orbs.
I can see.
I can see the weather spitting at me.