"Who'll Stop The Rain?" "Have You Ever Seen The Rain?" "Songs About Rain" "Georgia Rain" "It Never Rains In California" "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" and assorted other "Rain" songs come to mind on a day like today. AAAAGH! I'm starting to understand why so many people ditch Ohio and head south this time of the year. I'd probably feel better about the whole subject if it weren't 45 degrees too!
I think back to my tv sports videographer days sloshing up and down the sidelines of Cleveland Municipal Stadium or the local high school fields draped in a plastic poncho and the camera wrapped in a garbage bag, periodically wiping the lens and my glasses clear to proceed with shooting the game. I didn't seem to mind the weather as long as I came away with some good shots of players splashing their way to the endzone. There were nights that it was sleet or snow, not rain which made for some beautiful video. By playoff time the field can be a frozen tundra, my garb turns to winter gear from head to toe but the thrill of just being there to bring the story in pictures back to the viewers was enough to keep me going.
It's been some 13 years since I roamed the sidelines and I still have fond memories of the job...but not on a night like this. The older I get the more I want to avoid being outside at all in this kind of weather. Tonight is Homecoming for the school I graduated from and if I could just hurry up and get out of the station I could go to the game. But why when I can listen to it on the radio or wait for the highlights on the news and just sit back in the recliner, under my Browns blanky and likely fall asleep.
I was reminded earlier this week that we haven't seen our Indian Summer yet. Until then the rain is expected to hang around through Sunday according to the latest forecast...maybe some sunshine on Monday. Ohio weather...Gotta love it!