Rainy Day Woman: It’s Just a Joke

In my entry on colons and semicolons (p. 61), I use as an example of proper semicolon usage the following sentence: “Mary Moved to Seattle; she was sick of getting sunburned in Los Angeles.”

This rather feeble joke was my token acknowledgement of Seattle’s reputation as a  rainy city. I live on Bainbridge Island just a short ferry ride from Seattle, and we have much the same weather. In fact, it’s raining right now.

In “The Killing,” the detective series that started on AMC and has continued on Netflix, the skies are always gray and downpours are common. The series is actually filmed in Vancouver, BC, which has much the same climate.

Actually this year we've had long stretches of sunshine. While much of the rest of the country was having an unusually cold summer, we had an unusually warm one. Yesterday we went for a sunny walk in a shoreline park. Torrential downpours are much less common than prolonged drizzle.

Local writers often try to combat the stereotype; but it’s not going away any time soon.

That said, I’m heading for Seattle in a few hours, and I’ll be taking my umbrella.

If you’ve wondered where I’ve been for the past few weeks, check out my photos from sunny London and Paris on Facebook.


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Unknown said...

i wouldn't have clicked on the article had i not sensed a Bob Dylan reference. slight as it might have been, alas, none.

unless i missed that this were a series of articles, this text alone really makes no sense. & i'd have had you on wordiness or repetition by third paragraph. which, seeing as they are mere one-sentence paragraphs, really doesn't give you much credit.