Dealing With Rain When You’re From Phoenix

In Phoenix, we aren’t used to dealing with rain. When it rains hard, everything floods. Even as adults we play in the rain. No one knows how to drive in it, and those who do are clearly not from the area. I’ve seen more rainy days in the 3.5 weeks I’ve been in Philadelphia than I did all last year in Phoenix.

I finished binge watching my series on Netflix and being stuck in my show-hole I decided to get some ice cream. Because lets reward one bad habit with another. As I walked down the stairs I could hear the thunder so I ran back up three flights of stairs for my umbrella. Responsible, right?

Now there is a Ben and Jerry’s three blocks from my apartment, but I went there yesterday and don’t need that kind of judgement in my life. Plus I needed to pick up a few things and could find everything at CVS which is 0.8 miles away. Its generally a pretty walk. You pass through a park, it’s shaded.

But apparently thunderstorms have wind. I forget. We only get them once a year in Phoenix! But I was over halfway there and I am not letting a little wind and rain get between me and some ice cream.

A few more blocks and it started pouring. Absolute sky opening, Noah’s Arc flood, kind of pouring.

I followed some girls under the awning in front of an AT&T to keep myself from getting drenched. Of all the places to get stranded, this was not ideal. I’ll take a bar next time, thanks. The family next to us stared out into the street, unaware that the storm around us was anything more than a slight inconvenience. I, on the other hand, was taking videos to send friends and family back home.


We waited there for about five or ten minutes. Just as quickly as it had started, it stopped. I mean I made it this far, I’m not going home now. Unlike Arizona, the rain had places to go and the ground readily absorbs it. By the time I was done at CVS, you never would have guessed a storm had only just passed by.

Today I learned that if it looks like it is going to rain, just stay home. And that I need a new umbrella. And converse were not made to be worn in the rain.

But truth be told, I’d probably do it again!

Ever had a bad experience in the rain? Tell me about it below.

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2 Replies to “Dealing With Rain When You’re From Phoenix”

  1. This is hilarious! I’m from the Midwest, so rain is just something we deal with. Wouldn’t you know it, I was near Phoenix earlier this year – and it rained 🙂

    1. How funny! It would start raining as soon as I move away. I hope you enjoyed your time in Arizona

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