Well, if you look out the window today in NYC, you could say “yuch..” as you look out at the pouring rain, and picture a very messy, muddy, wet commute. If you’re a seasoned NYer like me, you would say “Not bad for February 1. This precipitation could be snow”, and imagine if it were snow instead of rain. Because if it were snow, we would be digging ourselves out for days.
But listen to this refreshing perspective I got from someone yesterday. She is a relocated native of Seattle, who said that she wanted to go to college in NYC because Seattle is so rainy and dreary nine months out of the year. “I knew it would be cold in New York, but at least it’s sunny”, she said. “Nothing like sunny New York”, I jokingly replied But, sarcasm aside, it was interesting to hear that sentiment from the other side, where the grass is greener, although wetter. They say that there is good reason why Seattle is the home of computing [stuck inside most of the year], grunge [depressing music and depressing dressing], and Starbucks [escape from the rain]. I am sure, however, that my friend felt right at home when she awoke to Seattle-like weather this morning. And I am in Seattle mode myself–on my computer, sipping hot tea, and dressed in my finest grunge.