- Hamburgers… check
- Hot Dogs… check
- buns… check
- condiments… check
- drinks… check
What is it that I seem to be forgetting? Oh yeah, that’s right… Umbrellas, ponchos and anything else that is going to keep my guests warm and dry.
You may be thinking, what the hell is he talking about? I’ll tell you… Anytime that I plan to have party at my house it rains. You think that I am joking, lets look at this.
We had scheduled my daughter Ashleigh’s 13th birthday party for Sunday, May 31, 2015. Keep in mind that as of Saturday, May 30th, May 2015 was going to go down as the driest May in history… History, I tell you.
May 31st, I woke up to a sunny, very muggy, warm morning. I started to mow the grass and ran out of gas, so I had to go to our local Cumberland Farms to get a gallon or two. Before I left, I went inside to clean up a little (I didn’t want to look like a complete slob). I checked the temperature and it was 81°. On my ride to Cumbies, the sky darkened and it started to rain… Well, pour is more like it. I got to the store which is about 3-4 miles from my house, got the gas and headed home to finish the lawn. By the time I got home, the downpour had turned to a drizzle. I went back into my yard to fill the lawnmower with gas and finish the yardwork. At that point I noticed that it wasn’t quite as muggy and kind of felt chilly (I thought that this was from getting wet in the monsoon.). I finished the lawn, put the mower away and went back inside the house because it was now thundering and lightning out with another very heavy rain. I still felt very cold and thought that I hope that I was not coming down with something. Inside, I looked at our little weather station and the temperature was now 59°… The temperature had dropped 22° in a matter of 30-45 minutes. From that point it proceeded to rain, thunder and lightning for the rest of the day. At one point everyone’s phones started going off with “Flash Flood Warning” alerts. Please remember, that before this day, it was to have been the driest May in recorded weather history.
Now you may be thinking, OK, this is just bad luck… I wish that it was. My daughter Ashleigh is 13 and we have always tried to hold her birthday parties outside (notice how I said tried.). In the 13 years that we have had parties for her, it has rained on 11 of them.
One year, when we lived in our first house in Pawtucket, RI, it was cold, cloudy, drizzling, with a strong Northeast wind. Ashleigh’s Grandparents came from Foster, RI (20 miles to the west of Pawtucket) and said that it was warm and sunning in Foster. Her Aunt came from North Kingstown, RI (25 miles to the South of Pawtucket) and said that the temperature was in the 70’s there. Her Uncle came from Glocester, RI (15 miles to the Northwest of Pawtucket), he said that the skies were clear and sunny all the way to our house until he got about a mile or two away and it was ominous thick black clouds over our house.
Now, this gift of precipitation does not only apply to my daughter’s parties, it is any gathering of more than eight people that I have at my house.
I am at the point right now of offering my services to the State of California… Fly me out there and have me plan outdoor parties for a month and I guarantee that their drought will be only a mention in the history books.