A Philosopher's Blog

Working in the Rain

Posted in Miscellaneous by Michael LaBossiere on September 25, 2011
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While Florida is the sunshine state, it rains here fairly often. It seems to rain most often when I have outside chores I need to do. For example, I needed to do a bit more painting because of my new siding and awoke to the sound of rain. Fortunately, some of what I had to paint is completely protected by the overhang in the back. So, I got on my painting clothes and got it done. I had some non-painting tasks to do (repairing a gutter drain, replacing some mulch, weeding and so on), so I went and did those as well.

I do this sort of thing fairly often, as long as the temperature is such that I won’t get hypothermia and as long as the lightning is not dropping in for a visit. Naturally, I do get some odd looks and some commentary from folks driving by. After all, sensible people stay inside when it rains.

Some folks will ask me how I can be comfortable in wet clothes. This is a fair question and I, like most people, do not enjoy sitting around in wet clothes. However, years of running have conditioned me to simply ignore wet clothing as long as I am active-it does not bother me at all. In fact, being soaking wet is actually nice in the Florida heat-I’m cooler and I’m not losing as much water due to perspiration. I even find the rain pleasant, especially the sound. There is even a certain beauty to a rainy day-one that seems lost on many people. I do, of course, have to carefully clean, dry and oil any metal tools I use in the rain. But, this is only a minor inconvenience.

One person did ask me, some time ago, if I did it as sort of a “man over nature” thing. I suppose that might be a factor. After all, I do like to overcome difficulties-even something as minor as dealing with rain.  Then again, I also like it because being in the rain makes me feel more a part of the natural world. In fact, I don’t quite get why some people are so rain averse. We are, after all, a fairly waterproof species (other than any wicked witches among us, of course).

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  1. ajmacdonaldjr said, on September 25, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    This post reminds me of my stay in Panama, when I was in the military. Toward the end of my 40 day “visit’ to that tropical nation, our training included a week-long mission through the jungle and, as you might imagine, in that daily, rainy, hot, and humid land, after a week, we were pretty tired of being soaked and of wearing soaked clothing, and the prickly heat that went with it. I could only imagine the misery some of the many people I have known who served in Vietnam must have suffered (including our platoon sergeant, who had done three tours as a LRRP Ranger, and whose long range recon patrols lasted weeks at a time). It sure was nice to get back to the base, take a shower, and put on some clean, dry clothing. Remember the “rain scene” from Forrest Gump? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2ihL_FrFPs


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