Sunday, September 28, 2008

Anatomy of a Misplaced Tropcial Storm

In college, my roommate had a boyfriend named Kyle (she also had a hedgehog, a 6-foot long boa constrictor, a freezer filled with frozen rats for said boa constrictor, and a very badly trained little white dog named Chessie, but that’s another story). Kyle, although relatively pleasant, was really kind of a slouch: he’d show up an hour late for dinner, or linger at our apartment for days—not going to class or doing his dishes or anything other than laying around, monopolizing the t.v., and often eating groceries that I had purchased.

Tropical storm Kyle seemed a whole lot like third-wheel-roommate Kyle when it arrived today: late, pretty soppy, and capable of creating low-level annoyance. Instead of drama and winds and pelting rain, we got soup, soup, and more soup. And not the fabulous cheesy broccoli soup or even a hearty lentil stew. This was a thin, uninspired, poorly seasoned storm—one frustrating enough to turn even the most agreeable caninaturalist into a singularly grouchy dog.

8:00 am: Our morning walk
Temperature: 63° F
Barometer: 29.93
Wind speed: 5 mph
Visibility: 10 miles

11:00 am: pouring rain
Temperature: 64° F
Barometer: 29.87
Wind speed: 3 mph
Visibility: 1 mile

1:00 pm: Time for a bathroom break
(aka, “really, go ahead and try to make me go outside again”)
Temperature: 66° F
Barometer: 29.30
Wind speed: 8 mph
Visibility: 4 miles

3:00 pm: check on household drainage
Temperature: 67° F
Barometer: 29.8
Wind speed: 12 mph
Visibility: 10 miles

5:00 p.m. NOAA radar check

7:00 pm: Misty stillness
Temperature: 65° F
Barometer: 28.5
Wind speed: 3 mph
Visibility: 3 miles

9:00 pm: No really, I DARE you to make me pee one more time outside
Temperature: 63° F
Barometer: 29.3
Wind speed: 3 mph
Visibility: 10 miles

11:00 pm: Good luck, Nova Scotia!


Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Poor Ari!

I don't have that problem!!

My mom is the one with the problem when she has to run out and khonvince me to khome in!!!

Glad woo are safe albeit soggy!!!!


Marigold said...

Goats don't like to go out in the rain either, Ari, so I quite understand. As for Kyle...well, at least the Peanuts are safe.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that Kyle was bland and unseasoned! But it sure puts a new spin on the whole goint out to go potty.

Southbay Girl said...

He He...I do the same thing when it rains here-which isn't very often! I don't blame you for not wanting to go outside!!!

Mom and I are very glad that silly Kyle missed you guys!!! A little rain must be nice! that's my mom talking!!

Velcro and mom

Anonymous said...

So, which one is the video?

Eve said...

Ha Ha! I'm with Ari!

The Daily Echo said...

We had a soggy weekend too Ari. I really don't mind it unless it's windy and blows in my eyes. Mom says I squint and make funny faces. I'd like to see her out there doing her business in sideways rain.

The Army of Four said...

Our Aunt Janet and our fur-cousins got smacked upside the head by a nor'easter. I wonder if it's part of Kyle? He's not a very nice storm; he made it really hard for our fur-cousins to go potty! ESPECIALLY at high tide! Woo.

Kodak the Eskie said...

Funny story about Kyle. My mommy was married to a loser named Kyle. It's all making sense now! Sorry that you had to go out and pee in the rain.

Hugs, Kodak

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We sure do love the pictures you post. Always so beautiful. It appears the leaves are turning colors. That doesn't happen in Texas they usually turn brown and fall off..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Tracey and Huffle said...

Oh Poor Ari! It's not fair when it rains all the time is it? I got left out in the rain the other night and I was NOT happy. I growled at mum when she let me in.

Huffle Mawson, Honorary Husky and Explorer Cat

Lorenza said...

Better that rain than a big storm!
I love those pictures of Ari!
Kisses and hugs

Simba said...

Dropping by to say hello.

Simba x

JB's Big World said...

I am glad the storm did not do you harm. And I sure hope Ari has been able to go outside again!

Booker the Treeing Walker said...

Check our recent post -- Kyle was just present enough to give us a sloppy overflow of the Atlantic, with seaweed and sand deposited all over A1A at high tide. Some of the canals overflowed, too, and the streets smelled like stinky socks for days ... is that Kyle?

Maverick the Pirate said...

Harrrrr Ari
the rain is not cool Harrrr
Cap'n Maverick the Pirate

umekotyan said...

Good evening Ari.
Japan is also common the season of the typhoon.
The wind and rain of the typhoon of this furnace are very strong.
Therefore, it is necessary to always secure the refuge place.
Prepare food, and provision always.
Luck to Ari!

from loved ume tyan

YourFireAnt said...

What??!! She does not love the rain?? Such an anomaly-dog.


Farmgirl_dk: said...

And how did that 3:00pm household drainage check turn out? Any issues?
Love the look on Ari's face in those make-me-go-outside shots. I've seen that look before! :-)

Turbo the Sibe said...

Ari looks particularly unimpressed.