Lay Back And Dream On A Rainy Day

Look carefully at the first two pics. Let me explain. Climate change, La Ninja, late spring and probably my late mother-in-law are all to blame. They combined today to create a wet low pressure system sucking moisture out of the Torres Strait, bending eastwards and drawing water from the Pacific Ocean, and, squashed between two high pressures, reaching the southern tip of mainland Australia where I live.

RAIN. Buckets. Say 50mm in 24 hours, that’s 2 inches if you’re old, or American, or both.

A photo of the rain is also included, taken out the back window five minutes ago. Yeh, I know, it’s really hard to photograph rain…

So I did what every self-respecting young tech-savvy Boomer does – I googled “What do you do on a rainy day?”….you know… for ideas. Got all the answers on the first hit, called “English, Baby”. It’s an English site to learn English. This question is posed and there are 36 replies.

Let me summarize the suggestions:





  • Drinking wine with some friends
  • Stay home with my own blanket
  • Eat instant noodles
  • Reading books
  • Watch TV
  • Surf internet
  • Stay inside with my love
  • I love to walk on a rainy day
  • I think of anything
  • Make a cup of tea
  • Candles, music, telephone calls
  • Cook rice with coconut
  • Stay in bed
  • Nice music
  • Walk through a forest
  • Look out of window and think about life
  • Collect the raindrops and test their pH

I really only liked the last suggestion, as I do have a pH meter in the shed, but my spoil-sport wife put the kibosh on that idea when I suggested it. She has very little interest in scientific challenges.

I consoled myself by jumping into the digital surf again and learning there are 800 songs with the words “Rainy” in the title, and 15 with “Rainy Day”, of which I had 3 on my iTunes library. I picked one and played it, loud, seven times, until my wife said “For God’s sake go outside and measure your silly pH…” I have Jimi’s “Rainy Day, Dream Away” to thank:

“Rainy day, rain all day, Ain’t no use in gettin’ uptight,¬†Just let it groove it’s own way, Let it drain your worries away, yeah Lay back and groove on a rainy day, hey,¬†Lay back and dream on a rainy day”

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