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    Random comment from a friend

    [For those that do not live in The Bay Area, we are experiencing a series of fairly nasty storms these days. Going out in this stuff means not only riding in the dark, but also in sideways rain and wind that seemed to be coming from all directions.]

    This evening, I rode over to a friendís house after dinner. My friend bet her husband that I would ride over, instead of drive. Her rationale? ďItís Chris Ė heís nuts like that.Ē

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    It's people who are scared to get wet that are nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by achoo View Post
    It's people who are scared to get wet that are nuts.
    I think that it's a sliding scale depending on what you're used to. My daughter recently moved to Seattle, the rain capital of the US. She says that the only people in Seattle who use unbrellas are tourists.

    Personally, I've done some pretty rainy rides but I don't start out in the rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    I think that it's a sliding scale depending on what you're used to. My daughter recently moved to Seattle, the rain capital of the US. She says that the only people in Seattle who use unbrellas are tourists.

    Personally, I've done some pretty rainy rides but I don't start out in the rain.
    Fortunately the rain in Seattle (I actually live 90 miles north in Bellingham) is usually just a light drizzle. When you get a fairly hard steady rain you start to see some umbrellas, but not as many as you'd think. Seems like most people just wear some kind of water-resistant or waterproof shell with a hood. I am not a native to this area, but from observation I think those who are just grow some kind of seal-skin that is impervious to cold and wet conditions. You see them walking around in short-sleeve tshirts on cold rainy days. And yeah... a lot of folks continue to commute by bicycle no matter what the conditions. I will take the bus or drive when it's super nasty outside, but I still get caught by surprise. Seems like nasty morning commutes mean nice clear evening commutes and vice versa.

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    That's awesome. I love when people acknowledge my craziness. Lets me know my dedication hasn't gone unrewarded.

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    My 2nd daughter uses it as a philosophy of life, and I like it: "Why Be Normal?"

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    Confucius he say, "There is no such thing as a random comment fom a friend".

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    You've never been more proud. I don't blame you.

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    Nuts like what?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sean000 View Post
    Fortunately the rain in Seattle (I actually live 90 miles north in Bellingham) is usually just a light drizzle.
    We're in the tornado belt down here (deep south). Winters are often damp and drizzly, but summers can go from upper 90s F or more to a violent thunderstorm, then back to the 90s again (but with extra humidity and steam! ) in a matter of an hour or less. With those kinds of storms, umbrellas can become potential lightning rods and/or destroyed. Mine usually stays dry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lphilpot View Post
    We're in the tornado belt down here (deep south). Winters are often damp and drizzly, but summers can go from upper 90s F or more to a violent thunderstorm, then back to the 90s again (but with extra humidity and steam! ) in a matter of an hour or less. With those kinds of storms, umbrellas can become potential lightning rods and/or destroyed. Mine usually stays dry.
    I grew up in Little Rock, AR so I definitely remember what that is like. In fact my mom's umbrella was struck by lightning once when she was walking from her car to our door. Fortunately she wasn't hurt... just knocked down. I used to get caught in sudden Summer showers on rides that would be incredibly heavy, but since it was hot it kind of felt nice at first... till things go so heavy that I couldn't see where I was going and I was soaked through to my socks. The big thunderstorms were worse, but I could usually see those coming and would just barely beat them home. Crazy as it sounds I kind of miss riding in hot and humid weather sometimes. I guess the grass is always greener...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean000 View Post
    I grew up in Little Rock, AR so I definitely remember what that is like.
    I'm about 300 miles south of you, then - Central Louisiana. Almost as humid as New Orleans. I'm hoping to get at least a little riding done over the long weekend, probably not much though (too busy and too much impending weather).
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    I got a similar comment from a co-worker today. I mentioned that with the ice plus 6+ inches of snow expected tonight that I wouldn't be able to make it in with a car tomorrow. She immediately suggested I bring a bike instead! Maybe it has something to do with only bringing a car three times in 2010 and getting around just fine after blizzards in the past ;-)

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