It's rainy, very windy, and thunderstorms and flooding threaten.
I'm loving it.
Firstly, as other Southern Californians know, we don't have weather here. Sure, we have minute temperature fluctuations that masquerade as weather. But real, serious, kick-your-meteorlogical-ass weather, like Baltimore and Montreal or even Florida? Nope. So any signs that the forces of nature have come to visit aren't bad.
Let me amend and say this is all good from the viewpoint of my cozy pajamas and computer chair. The second I have to go out and drive to work in this among the massive demolition derby fools that California drivers become in real weather, it ceases to be amusing. I am nothing if not adaptable.
Nextly, "bad" weather tends to keep the muttering-to-themselves-and-various-deities, smelling-slightly-of-litterbox and old meat, mailing-address-"third-shrub-from-the-left-next-to-the-big-tree-at-Balboa-Park,-ask -for-Joe" types at bay. It's us newbies who are consistently sent to rout the nappers from the fitting rooms, and while the playing of Saint George to their whacked-out dragon is temporarily amusing, it's tedious after a while.
But most important of all, this weather gives us something to talk about. The lead story on local news, even besting the monster earthquake, is The! Weather! Hitting! San! Diego! Anchorpersons were fighting for the chance to be the one in the rain slicker on camera, bravely facing the elements. Interns stood on the sidelines with spray bottles and fans, just in case the natural drama level drops.
But the bottom line reason is that I love/lust/adore thunder and lightning. I once stood (yes, stupidly in retrospect but weather-worship knows no bounds) on a rooftop in south Florida to watch an incoming crash-flash-boom doozie of a storm. After all, I grew up before the wizards at Industrial Light and Magic could provide me with various feats of special effects... I had to get my amazements from more natural and chancy sources. I'm a thunderstorm junkie.
Gotta go... I've found the way up to the roof and I have an hour before work.