And the rains came.

 

 

It rained today and by rain I do not mean a few piddling drops of dampness but a full-fledged rainstorm that would lead anyone to drag out their nearest cubit measuring stick and start thinking about livestock. The cause of this day long deluge is a system moving slightly to the North of us that might or might not turn into a depression and then a hurricane. No stranger to tropical depressions ( or temperate ones for that matter) myself I can just enjoy the sound of rain on the tin roofs and thunder reverberating off the shrouded Northern Range.

 

Trinidadians are able to party till they literally drop and consume alcohol at levels that would have a Russian wrestler reeling but when it comes to weather they are a particularly effete lot. While North Americans and even Europeans will slog to work through metres of snow and sleet Trinis get quite weak when faced with even a slight dampness in the air They will call in sick or late to work, complain of ague and generally mope about. If they happen to be at work during a rainfall there will be early sniffling and a request to leave work early with dire mutterings along the lines of “see you tomorrow..depending on my health…I got wet…so you never know”. 

 

Another strange phenomenon in these parts is that traffic might be moving along at a fair clip but once water hits asphalt it is a guarantee that gridlock will result. The cause of this is not certain and it may well be an interesting exercise for scientists. One thing is sure it can’t be safety because that is a word that doesn’t cross the mind of the average Trini driver.

 

Here at work I have just been subjected to viewing a tape of the Prime Minister attempting to sing to students and giving them a lecture on the bible and his views on Christianity. How such a thing can happen in a pluralistic and ( nominally) secular society is beyond me. Bet your bottom dollar that if that had been a PM espousing the many virtues of Allah all hell would break loose. Such is the nature of this strange land.

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3 Comments to “And the rains came.”

  1. It’s looking like the wettest August in a long time in the UK. Today was dry but most of this month has been horrendously wet. And the high today was around 19c… and we’re in mid-summer.

  2. I would LOVE to see a clip of Manning singing to school kids *muahhhaahhahahaaaa* From the outside looking in he never really struck me as a bible-thumper, but then again I’m not in or from Trinidad so I wouldn’t know. I’ve never understood why politicians have this need to prove they are more religious than the average person is. Do we, the general population, really care?

  3. I am quite happy to oblige and once I am back at work on Saturday I shall attempt to encode and upload same if only for the freakish amusement it might provide.

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