But rain? IT'S THE BEST THING EVER!
I'm not saying that rain is the best thing ever for driving-- that first thing up there was just a comment on how under-appreciated rain goes in LA. I mean, we all live in a desert out here; shouldn't we be glad for a little hydration now and then?
I really do love rain though, even when I'm not living in a desert as dry as your mouth after eating 7 saltine crackers in 60 seconds (actually I think that's technically impossible...). It's really peaceful. Even torrential downpour has this odd serenity to it. I love sitting inside and listening to the rain beat on my house. It makes me feel really cozy, something I never really thought I'd feel in my LA house...it's just not a cozy place...nice, but not cozy. Rain does lots of positive things for my psyche.
Rain makes me want to go for a run. I feel super intense when I get soaking wet from a run in the rain. I get back and feel like I accomplished so much more than I did because I'm covered in nature (nature being rain in this case- not leaves or something like that- I don't run through treetops when it's raining...).
|Here we are. Playing cards (I don't think it's poker though).|
|The waves don't look quite as crazy-big here as they did in real life.|
When I first got the beach, I knew it had been a good idea. I was going to park in one spot when a guy who was leaving his spot came to my window and told me that he still had an hour and a half on his meter and I could park there if I wanted. IT'S A SIGN! I thought. I knew it was a good idea!
|The water was full of leaves and things the wind blew into it from the shore|
It was really fun to walk barefoot in the sand (even though it was damp) and walk around in the water (even though my pants got all wet) while enormous waves crashed in layers of surf and the wind blew like crazy. That's the other thing about the beach when it's rainy. It's always windy too, even if it's not windy in other parts of town, it's always windy by the ocean. Which makes it all the more intense. With all its intensity and simultaneous peacefulness, the ocean made me feel very pensive-- a nice thing to feel when there's nothing too deeply emotional going on in your life, so that was good.
Here's the rest of my solo beach adventure:
|A water fountain that couldn't handle the wind.|
|I kept seeing these tire tracks all over the beach...|
|Then I found the culprit (I think it's a lifeguard vehicle of some sort).|
|A seagull digging for scraps...birds are silly.|
|A disgruntled pigeon...I don't think he liked the weather.|