It started raining on Friday, and it rained Saturday and some of Sunday too. And in my neighborhood it doesn't just rain. It floods. Saturday my friends also had their newest addition (in the middle of the monsoon :) ). So, it was a busy and stressful week and weekend!
Here is week 21:
142. What is one of your accomplishments that you are the most proud of? Why?
143. What has been one of your most positive work place experiences? Why? What did you learn from it?
144.What has been one of your most negative work place experiences? Why? What did you learn from it?
145.Have you ever lived in an area that went for long periods of time without rain? What was it like when it finally did rain?
146.What do you remember about the birth of a young relative? Why does it stand out in your mind?
147.What kind of neighborhood did you grow up in? What do you remember about moving there? What kind of people lived there? 148. What were your favorite things about it?
149. Have you ever been part of a wedding party? What do you remember about it? Who was the wedding for? What did you do?
I've chosen 145. Have you ever lived in an area that went for long periods of time without rain? What was it like when it finally did rain?
People in my neighborhood often forget what it is like when it rains, and they leave their cars parked on the street or seem surprised when their back yard fills with standing water. At the same time though, the people in this city rejoice with rainfall - and it doesn't really matter what has flooded or what has been damaged, we are just so thankful to get some runoff.
This particular rain of 2011 (pictured above) took place on a Saturday afternoon. It rained 3 inches in 3 hours. I remember scooping water away from the house with a bucket while my room mates dug a trench and tried to direct the flow of water. After we had drained most of our back yard, we started looking around at the standing water in the streets - and took out the kayak. In some parts, the water was chest deep and deeper. It wasn't hard to move the kayak around at all (just frighting when you think about where the water actually was!).
Driving through my neighborhood this morning, I could tell from the debris line where the water had been Saturday night. It doesn't matter though, in this part of the world we are always thankful for rain.