Open Thread: When it Rains

(Submitted by Silver Tyger)

What do you like to do when it’s raining?


7 thoughts on “Open Thread: When it Rains

  1. Firedrake October 1, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Get out into it. Then dry off somewhere with a thin roof so that I can hear it.

  2. Lonespark October 1, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I like to splash in puddles and dance in the rain. This is a less-good idea in cold weather. I also love to listen to it on the roof and windows, and we always lift a glass to Thor during storms.

  3. Timothy (TRiG) October 1, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I once spent an entire rainy weekend curled up on a couch with an omnibus edition of His Dark Materials. It was in the sunroom of the shared house I was living in at the time, so there was plenty of evidence of rain. It felt nice, being protected against the elements like that. I have also spent rainy days reading in a café over a prolonged coffee, which can be good.

    I do like getting out in the rain too. It’s quite nice, as long as you know you have a warm house and change of clothes to get back to. (Rather less nice if you’re camping, for example.) Of course, I wear glasses, which can be annoying in the rain, but a broad-brimmed hat helps keep my vision clear.


  4. chris the cynic October 1, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    It depends entirely on the temperature.

    And time constraints.

    It’s been a long time since there was a warm day when I had the time and inclination to go out in the rain.

  5. Firedrake October 2, 2013 at 9:23 am

    TRiG: the Tilley hat really did change my life. No more messing about with prescription sunglasses or clip-ons either. (Especially in the UK where you often get sun and rain happening in the same trip.)

  6. Timothy (TRiG) October 2, 2013 at 11:23 am


    The last time I got glasses, I also got free perscription sunglasses. I almost never wear them, though. The hats suffice. I generally wear a shapeless cloth thing I buy every time I pass through Holyhead*. (I keep losing them and buying new ones, and I tend to think of them all as being the same hat occasionally reincarnated, even though at the moment I have about four of them.) I do have a couple of nicer hats, but they’re all the same basic shape: cloth with a brim all the way around.


    * Sail&Rail is the best way to travel between Britain and Ireland.

  7. storiteller October 5, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    For cold winter rain, like we get here in Washington D.C. and when I lived in the U.K., hot tea in the morning and hot chocolate at night.

    Also, TRiG, I totally agree about sail and rail being the best way to travel between Britain and Ireland! I took the train, ferry, and bus all three times I went to Ireland during grad school and the ferry was fantastic. It felt weirdly luxurious, even though it was cheaper than flying.

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