It’s a “given” that I change clothes when I get to work, rain or shine. While I’d love to spend the day in shorts and a T-shirt, my job just won’t allow it.
Anyway, my new rainy-day strategy was spawned by a new way of thinking about being wet.
We’ve all heard the line about people who “don’t know enough to come in out of the rain,” right? The assumption is that if you stay out in the rain, you’re just ... well, not very bright. Most of us, it seems, have learned to think about rain like it’s going to make us melt, or poison us, or something.
For years, as a bicycle commuter, I’ve spent money on slickers, ponchos, boots, waterproof pants, etc., all with the intention of staying dry. When I’ve been unprepared, I find a large trash bag and rip holes in the bottom for my head and arms.
Instead of fighting Mother Nature, I’ve decided to join her.
Now, when it rains, I pull on my swim trunks and a pair of Cudas, which are comfortable pull-on shoes designed to protect your feet when you walk the water.
I’ll still wear a light raincoat, I suppose, but even if I forget, what’s the big deal? It’s just water, right? Embrace the wetness, fellow bicycle commuters. That’s why God created towels!
-- Wordsmith 1953