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Stormy Monday

So this weekend I nearly burned the house down, went to a truly surreal Russian night-club, and worked on (to little effect) an independent film project. Los Angeles' one yearly allotted thunderstorm started last night, and is now occuring outdoors. This has caused widespread panic, and the shutting down of a major traffic artery. (really) The rain is a light drizzle, and there are patches of sun through the clouds - and yet, as a Los Angelino, I must panic.

Greeting me when I walked through the door this morning is the fact that people in India working on disaster relief (and more specifically, the people coordinating fund-raising for them) can't get their email, and only I can fix it. By the way, a major (world's largest) retailer of business software and computer supplies is on the line looking at perhaps 20 to 30 thousand new accounts, and by the way - the CEO is in Greece, and he can't send mail. And all of that before lunch!

At least it's not boring. I simply can not abide boring.


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Oct. 17th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
Sounds very "not boring."

The reaction to rain in LA/OC amused me greatly in 2003. It was "June gloom" time, and I was sitting at my desk by the window working while there was this gawdawful boring shower outside, enough to spot up the car something nasty but not wash off the dust+smog that was coating it. Suddenly, two people walk into my office, go to the window, and just stare. I said, "What's up?" and they responded, "Look at the rain! I don't think we should drive home in this stuff." I couldn't help myself: I laughed. Those guys would SO not survive a summer in NC, that's for sure.
Oct. 17th, 2005 09:25 pm (UTC)
One of my coworkers was moaning about how the sky just OPENS UP around here, and the rain just POURS DOWN, worse than any place else! No, really! The rain here is way worse!

I laughed. I told her she needs to travel more.
Oct. 17th, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC)
LOL! Yeah, I don't usually pull off the road during rain until it is in sheets with drops that make thudding sounds on the roof, making me wonder if there is hail mixed in, and the high-speed windshield wipers are just not fast enough...

On the other hand, having been in Vermont in January, I realize NC has the same sort of quirks with regards to snow: too little experience to know how to effectively manage ourselves.
Oct. 18th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
There is a slight reason to panic...

If it rains hard enough, we flood. Not because of a lack of drainage design, per se, but because the drainage in California is dependent on sea level.

I remember when the really bad El Nino hit about eight years ago. Not fun.
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