On Questions about Rain

Because I’m at a loss for things to write about, I decided to Google around and see if I could find something to prompt my writing.

I looked at Plinky, and I wasn’t impressed. I saw what today’s LiveJournal “Writer’s Block” prompt was, and I didn’t see the point. I then thought about looking to see if there were a successor to the Old “Friday Five” website, and it turns out that, yes, there is — friday5.org.

Today’s set of five questions is on rain. Which seems appropriate for today, a day of snow showers.

1. What’s the worst thing about really bad rainstorms?

I like the rain. Really, I do. The winds or the lightning or the thunder, these things don’t bother me.

But there’s one thing about rainstorms that I don’t like.

Flooded out roads.

I don’t mind driving in rain, but I hate driving in heavy rain. Heavy sheets of rain fall against the windshield, and the wipers don’t move fast enough to clear it all. The rain floods the road and the lines become invisible beneath the standing water.

2. What’s the best thing about really bad rainstorms?

There’s an earthy smell that accompanies a rainstorm. It’s a dusty, musty smell, of old places and tamped dirt. It’s not a bad smell, though. It smells like life.

A rainstorm isn’t a proper rainstorm unless it smells of falling dirt.

3. What’s your favorite (be honest!) way to pass the time when the power’s out?

Reading.

4. In what ways are you always prepared for a bad storm?

Oh, I’m not. I have a flashlight somewhere. I may have some canned food. But otherwise, I’m not sure what there is to prepare for with a rainstorm.

I’ve lived through North Carolina hurricanes. I’ve seen water fall from the skies in quantities that would boggle the mind. I never prepared for them. I just took rain as it happened.

5. What’s your favorite song with the word “rain” in the title?

The Beatles, “Rain.” Ringo Starr says it’s his best drumming. It’s the first time that the Beatles used a backward tape loop.

It’s not a song about rain, by the way. It’s a song about how life looks during an acid trip.

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