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This is how we do it in Puddletown

This is the story of riding in the rain.

Common knowledge: It rains a lot here. But these last few days? Monsoon. Never seen anything like it. Downpours, day after day. So when your main form of transportation is a bike, and you look out the window in the morning and see this:


...what do you do?

Well, if you're me, you put on your merry rainboots and your raincoat and go outside:

...and if your bike lives outside and you forgot to cover the seat, you dry it off:

Then you load up the coffee cup, put a plastic bag around your computer and stuff

...and you put on your helmet 'cause it's a pretty good rain-hat.

...and off you go. You don't bother with makeup because of that one time when three hours into your workday somebody suggested you look in a mirror and you realized that your mascara was halfway down your face.

There are puddles liek whoa.

And if you get stuck on the bridge, it's coffee break time!

It's not without its beauties, though:


...and when you get to work, only your knees and your raincoat and boots are wet and it's not that bad!

...but I could do with a little sunshine.


( 23 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 27th, 2010 04:44 am (UTC)
Monsoon in Puddletown
Love this! Once you make up your mind to ride, you JUST DO IT, as they say.
I slipped on my rain pants over my shorts (it wasn't cold out, just very very WET), threw on my stylish ShowersPass jacket over my shirt, wool socks and cleats, helmet. I always have a waterproof cover on my backpack this time of year. I was good to go. OK, except my glasses. Today it rained so hard I had to take them off to ride.
Everyone who rides to my work had all their gear hanging over their bikes to dry (indoor bike parking is a nice thing!).
I got caught in the downpour 3 different times today. I did not melt.
May. 27th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
Re: Monsoon in Puddletown
I'd like to say that the best part is having the bike lane to myself, but not here.
May. 27th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
Re: Monsoon in Puddletown
And yes! Wool socks. The only pair of socks in my drawer that I can stand are my merino wool ones from Minus-33, and they're perfect under the rubber rainboots, toes never too hot and never cold.
May. 27th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
Wow, that's a lot of rain! Good for you for biking in it though.

How do you get stuck on the bridge?
May. 27th, 2010 05:04 am (UTC)
Like this!

May. 27th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
Oh neat, a lift bridge. Makes sense then!
May. 27th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
...or like this!

May. 27th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
Oh, and I forgot to mention in my other comment on DW that I adore your rain boots! So freaking adorable!
May. 27th, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
Fred Meyer. Anytime I can find anything cute in my size, I'm a happy clam.
May. 27th, 2010 06:12 am (UTC)
I am so homesick for Oregon now!
May. 27th, 2010 06:17 am (UTC)
Really? This would seem to be the post that would cure Oregon homesickness! It is lovely living where there's plenty of water and lots of greenery, but what we've got going on right now is beyond even this native webfoot's ability to laugh off.

I hope you can come back sometime!
May. 27th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
Ditto, SO homesick!
May. 27th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
Aww! I would be too if I had to live somewhere else. It's a good place.
May. 27th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
I do really enjoy Salt Lake, but yeah, it isn't Portland. I thrive on rain and green-ness.
May. 27th, 2010 11:51 am (UTC)
I loved your photostory! I am full of admiration for your determination to ride no matter what.
May. 27th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's not really determination so much as joy. It's just fun to do, and so much more desirable than my other get-to-work options that I have to be really sick not to want to do it.
May. 27th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
omg, I *LOVE* these pics--love your boots! I love your streets and your oma bike!

I'm sure you're heartily sick of it, but these pics made me smile. There's something about rainy days that make me happy.
Jun. 6th, 2010 08:42 am (UTC)
Dang LJ failed to send me this comment. I just found it!

I'm glad you enjoyed my rainy-day pics. I actually enjoy a rainy day most of the time myself, and except when it hasn't let up for weeks on end, I usually smile at the rain too.
May. 27th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Is Puddletown the unofficial moniker?

Cool story!
May. 27th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure there's an "official" nickname, though we're officially very fond of PDX, which is the airport designation.

Stumptown and Puddletown are two that you hear sometimes, with Stumptown probably having a longer pedigree, since the place was founded on the timber industry.
May. 29th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
I think all cities have at least two nicknames. Calgary is no stranger to that with one of them being Cowtown and I can't think of the other at the moment.

Portland looks like a fantastic place for a visit.
May. 29th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
It's geeky, fannish, bookish, beerish, coffee-soaked, and heavy on bikes.

Heh. Summer Glau, as Cameron-as-Alison in the S2 ep of Sarah Connor Chronicles I just watched last night referred to Portland as a "place that's more authentic" than Los Angeles.

I've been wondering ever since when exactly Portland surpassed Seattle in that category.

I've heard Calgary being called Cowtown. It says here that "Stampede City" is one of them, too. Reading that list, I think Saskatchewan wins the city nicknames contest.
May. 29th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
Heh. You can teIl I've lived here too long when I forget about being the home of the Stampede. They forgot to add Perogy Hell Town to the Edmonton list though. Then again Wikipedia can be wholly inaccurate at times.

Edited at 2010-05-29 09:10 pm (UTC)
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