29 June 2009

Cookout in the Rain

I never had the concept that summers would invite thunderstorms. We've been having these blitzkrieg thunderstorms every other day: in the morning, the sun would be up, and you would be tempted to just leave your umbrella at home. After all, it's hot, and the sun is shining, and there are no clouds at all in the midst. Why would it rain?

But it does. Suddenly, the clouds go creeping in from the horizon, and then the whole sky darkens. The sun disappears, and the thunder rolls and the lightning strikes.

Then after a few hours, it all subsides again.

Like yesterday, when I got invited to a friend's house for a cookout. We already had the grill out, the tent was already set up, and the food was prepared. Then the clouds appeared and we got wet.

I suppose my idea of summer is hot and humid. The thunderstorms aren't really part of my summer conceptual repertoire. But apparently, here, it is. And I am quite surprised that even after living here for four years, I still find that surprising. Oh wait, I suppose during the summer of 2006, I was in the Czech Republic. And in the summer of 2007, I was in Ecuador and the Philippines. And in the summer of 2008, I was in Peru, Denmark, and Hungary.


I suppose this is the first summer in which I am actually here. Actually here because I need to work on this stupid dissertation. So yeah, rain or shine, I am here. Let's see if next year fares better.

(Entrance to the Roosevelt Memorial, from my DC Memorials Series)


  1. I'm used to a distinct 'monsoon' season too. This unexpected rains in summer are annoying. Sometimes they are welcome break and create a nice romantic feeling, but at other times they are simply inconvenient. :)

  2. Priyank,

    I know. If only there was a weather scheduler, where one can actually schedule the weather on one's whim. That would be awesome!

  3. I'm getting used to violent thunderstorms in Canada, but I remember I was very surprised the first couple of summers. And we have hail too...

  4. Zhu,

    Hail, oh yeah. The other day it just happened. I was quite fascinated.