Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Rain, rain, go away

So a little while back, it was raining.  Like REALLY raining.  Like maybe monsoon raining.  I was kinda weirded out, because the sky is usually pretty blue here, but on Thursday, it was jet gray.  My colleagues told me that it was because a typhoon was coming to hit the coast.  And then Friday night, it POURED.  I saw a guy riding a bike, but then he fell into a pothole and disappeared, bike and all.  Just like that.

OK, I'm kidding.  But it was pouring pretty bad, such that the roads seemed covered with a quarter inch of running water.  Cars were driving on running water, not road.

So wow.  Typhoons?  That's crazy.  I wonder what it would have been like to be on the beach at peak time.

I've always wondered, what's the difference between a typhoon and a hurricane?  About the only thing I honestly knew about typhoons was the Typhoon character from the WWF when I was a kid (not that I watched WWF much, you just couldn't avoid it on TV sometimes).  Well, now I know.

It's now flashing lightning here in Nanshan (the district where I live in Shenzhen), so I expect it to rain again tonight and probably throughout tomorrow?  And I forgot my umbrella at a restaurant.  :(  Luckily, a colleague lent me her umbrella, she has another at home, and she'll call the restaurant to make sure they keep mine there.  I'll get mine back from the restaurant tomorrow, I hope.  Gosh darn, I need to figure out how to remember my umbrellas.  This is why I don't own an umbrella in Vancouver.  I can make do with a raincoat.  Except it's too hot in Shenzhen to use a raincoat.  :(

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