Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.
1 Peter 3:8-9ish
Maybe it’s a cop-out to talk about the weather, but I think people like talking about it in general because it’s a relevant shared experience: We can all relate to weather. It has a tangible effect on our lives. We all have opinions about weather. Oh, and of course when talking about weather we get to express an opinion, so there’s no right or wrong. It’d be absurd to say, “No, you’re wrong, a sunny day is no good.”
I mention this because our weather has turned extremely strange the last few days, to the point of absurdity. Several days we’ve run the gamut from snow and rain to sunny, clear skies. We’ve had windy days, mostly atypical for Seattle, where the wind tends to remain light; days that started at almost 50° and dropped to the 30s by evening. Usually around here looking out the window in the morning is a pretty good predictor of what the day’s weather will look like in general, but the last couple weeks, we’ve hovered on the cusp of spring, sometimes tipping towards warmer, springier days and then tipping back to the wind, rain, and cooler temperatures associated with winter.
All this variability, besides providing free entertainment, makes planning outdoor activities quite difficult. Yesterday I had an appointment at 9:00 am. At 8:00, the rain was coming down hard and wind tossed it everywhere — nasty. I dressed for that, but by the time I left for the appointment, the rain had started tapering off and I arrived at my appointment sweaty and overdressed. By afternoon, we’d had heavy hail, which then stuck around as the temperature dropped, and then it changed to rain/snow… but by the time Ian arrived home, about 4:30, the skies had cleared and sun shone cheerfully.
This is particularly aggravating to me for two reasons: First of all, tonight my team has its usual hill ride, which I will do if it’s not icy; otherwise, I’ll ride on my trainer during the day. Unfortunately, there’s no way to know what the weather will be tonight until we get to tonight. Second, and more important, I’m really hoping for clear weather for this training. So far the forecast for Thursday and Friday look tolerable — Thursday, downright pleasant; Friday, perhaps somewhat iffier, but still pretty decent — but the forecast could change a dozen times between now and then.
If hoping for good weather makes a difference, we’ll have clear skies and 50° days the rest of the week. Ha.