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21 Feb 2005

Experiences: rain and reign

Filed under: Personal — paulcook @ 12:48 am

I was driving along the 110 and 10 freeways this evening, in pouring rain. And loving every minute.

I went to a screening, as part of the Pan African Film Festival of Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death, detailing the running of the Congo as King Leopold II of Belgium’s personal rubber plantation. Terrible history (10 million deaths during his reign, from a population of 20 million), mediocre movie.

It’s been raining a lot the last few days, with even a little thunder, which I also love. Normally it’s just a nuisance, but driving at night, when you’re not in rush, in pouring rain, is just priceless.

The lights of the city are reflected in a million permutations on the windscreen, before being endlessly reshaped as the windscreen wipers pass. With KROQ on the radio, at full volume, and the warmth of the car, I feel as though I’m in a different world.

Gone is the mundane jostling of LA traffic; rather each car seems to be an island of its own, drifting through the night behind the veil of the rain. Best of all, sometimes a car on the other side of the highway will hit a deeper puddle, and send a plume of spray against and over the dividing wall of the freeway, glowing in the light of the headlights around. Looks like nothing so much as liquid moonlight.

Oh, and thanks Greg for the use of the car!

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  1. So poetic. Very nice post. We might as well enjoy the rain while we have it, for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is we have no choice. Also, wait until the heat of the summer comes around. In late August, we’ll be begging for this weather.

    Comment by jjk — 22 Feb 2005 @ 7:08 pm

  2. Thanks!

    I must say that it’s seldom I appreciate the rain, I’m normally a hotter-the-better type of person — no need to worry about taking a sweater along, or commenting on the weather, it’s exactly what you expected.

    The exception being while working, then a little aircon is great!

    Comment by paulcook — 22 Feb 2005 @ 10:34 pm

  3. Should’ve seen and heard the Highveld thunderstorm we had last night. I got such a fright at one extremely loud and over zealous crack of thunder that I dropped my pen and almost fell off my chair. No jokes! hehe

    Comment by Charl — 1 Mar 2005 @ 1:37 am

  4. Ah, yes, the thunder. Great right until it fries your computer. Or trips the power just before you save your work. But otherwise great!

    Thanks for visiting the site, and good luck for your exams!

    Comment by paulcook — 1 Mar 2005 @ 10:49 am

  5. Wow! Thunder that fries your computer. That is one heck of a shock wave.

    Comment by MDA — 1 Mar 2005 @ 11:16 am

  6. Well, our house is on top of a hill, near some huge iron poles left over from radio systems of many years ago. So lightning frequently comes by, and fries stuff, either over the power lines or the telephone lines. It’s quite annoying, because whenever a thunderstorm comes by, we have to unplug all the computers and modems. But at least it’s atmospheric!

    Comment by paulcook — 1 Mar 2005 @ 11:21 am

  7. Thunder, Paul. Thunder: the big noisy stuff. ;)

    Comment by MDA — 1 Mar 2005 @ 11:24 am

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