August 8, 2006

Season of sudden but well-meaning showers

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:43 pm by Chris

brollies in a bin

Whenever it rains in Sydney there’s a sudden explosion of umbrellas. I
never see anyone carrying a folded umbrella any other time, so I
can only assume that they have them cunningly folded and secreted
about their person at all times, ready to spring into action at the
first sign of moisture from overhead.

I find umbrellas amusing in direct proportion to their complete
uselessness. To me, an umbrella is symbolic of not taking weather
seriously. In a real storm, and even assuming it doesn’t turn
violently inside out and become a colander, an umbrella isn’t going to
keep you dry. The little bit of water it will keep off in a gentle
shower probably isn’t going to change your life one way or another,
now is it? Not to the same extent as having your eye poked out my
someone else’s umbrella, anyway.

Of course, not taking the weather seriously is a popular pastime in
Sydney. How else do you explain a city that regularly gets down to
freezing over winter and over thirty degrees in summer, where houses
aren’t insulated and don’t have decent curtains…


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