Monday, July 4, 2011

Dancing in the rain

We have an astonishing prediction of rain likely every day this week, after June had no measurable precipitation at all - more confirmation of the severity of drought this year. There have been only 22 dry Junes in Northern Arizona since record-keeping started in 1906. The first rain yesterday and the prediction of rain all week is a sudden and dramatic start to the monsoon season. Time to celebrate. The first of my celebrations will be: when (if) it starts raining today, I will play Gene Kelly's "Singing in the Rain" on YouTube and all the way through it I'll grin til my face hurts and then perhaps I'll go out and do my own dance.

In the long distant past I have danced naked in a warm rain and I think it's time to do it again. For sure I'll have plenty of privacy - I've never seen anybody but me in the forest when it rains. There's always a chance someone will surprise me, but hell, if they never before saw a 79-year-old woman dancing naked in the rain, it's time they did.

Gene Kelly, Singing in the Rain on YouTube.