Thursday, March 15, 2012
Rain, Rain, Rain...
Maybe I haven't lived in Portland love enough, but I grew up in the Northwest, so you would think it wouldn't be a big deal. But even with the mild Winter that we had this year, I still can't help but have that feeling when going to work day after day in the drizzly gray weather that seems to have enveloped this city for the last month.
I don't inherently mind the rain. In fact, I enjoy being out in the rain from time to time. It cleans things off, it cools things down in the summer, it brings out the beautiful green that surrounds the city (once it's abated).
But I guess with even a mild Winter in Portland (which basically means that it didn't rain too much, and the temperature never got too cold), we still have day after day of overcast weather, and the sun only makes a peak a handful of days month after month. So then, when we're finally ready for Spring to begin, what do we get instead of sunshine, the fucking dark rainy skies. And I'm tired of it. I want Spring.
I have friends who have long had S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder), and thankfully I do not suffer from this, because they basically go into a social coma every year between October and May. But at the same time, there's only so much shitty weather you can stand. Look, we get it, you're a wet city, in a wet half of the state, in a wet region of the country. But for god's sake, we need the sunshine just like everyone else in the world. Vitamin D deficiency is nearly universal in this part of the country, which has real affects on the body. All we want is a little sunshine and the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful natural scenery that surrounds this beautiful city. Give us some peace.
We need sunshine.