Fearless Leader “Bob” Martin has established Davao Mindanao as the LiP Headquarters. Last July 6th he mentioned that I should move down south because there is no rainy season. As I thought about It, I realized I’d miss my rainy season, it is something you can depend on, Plus in the dry season we can make plans for a party weeks in advance and never worry if it will get rained out, something you can’t do in Mindanao.
Another benefit is, we on Luzon have no need for the PagAsa to tell us the weather forecast which will be for the next few months “cloudy and rain.” Not even for typhoons do we need them as, we’ll go on line and track them ourselves and will know more than if we watched every PagAsa news broadcast on TV.
Example: on 4,through 8 July we were affected by Tropical Depression (Turned tropical Storm) Egay, of course Manila flooded, Dinalupihan Bataan received many days of pouring rain, but no wind and because of Newton’s laws of Gravity the rain disappeared as fast as it fell. True we were stuck on the mountain as the low Landers were flooded and the roads semi-impassable. But the Bataan Rice Fields got the water they needed Now on the last day of the Egay. The South Westerly Monsoonal rains started and the wet continued, PagAsa came on the TV and told us what had happened, not a word prior to the storm or what could have happened but a past tense report, kind of nice to know if you’re a history buff.
Remember I mentioned that the pump on the fish tank burned out? I said that with the rain falling I didn’t need to replace it until the next dry season. How wrong can one Kano be, what I forgot is, that not only does it circulate water through the water fall, but there is another valve that will drain excess water from the pond, and damn if that doesn’t require a fully functioning pump. Plan “B” prior to the fish walking on the grass by the overflowing pond; we’ll bring in some guys with buckets to lower the water level. (Yes we also have pond “Guys.”
It is late on July11th as I peck away at this missive and the sun is trying to peek out from behind the disappearing clouds. Not to worry it will rain later today, but that will be regular monsoonal rains and not a storm front. As it is time to send this to LiP Headquarters down south.
Rain and I go back a long way, in Puerto Rico it introduced me to many a single tourist girl laying on the beach behind my condo. I processed a secret knowledge that being that the large mountain behind our town of Luquillo Beach was named El Yunque and was in fact a rain Forrest which at 3pm (Set your Rolex by it) it was going to rain, even if at a quarter to 3 there was not a cloud in the sky. So I would hand them a business card and explain that Happy Hour started at 3pm, and they were most welcome. On most days the tourist ladies would arrive at 3:15 and I’d buy the first drink and hand them a towel. Thank you rain!
1992 in the town of Largo on the left coast (The Gulf of Mexico side) of Florida it was a rainy day and I had the night shift at the bar I managed. My biggest concern was, if the rain stopped in time I could either take my motorcycle or my Jeep CJ-7 to work. Then I heard a freight train and it was moving rather fast, now I remembered that the nearest train tracks were eight miles away, oh my, that is odd. I look towards the landscaping business behind me and see the potted palm trees flying around in the air. Hmmm, now that’s very odd! Oh wait a minute Paul, it’s a tornado roaring straight for you, Well what are you gonna do, shit, blink or go blind? Then within less than a hundred feet, the tail flipped up and broke contract with the earth skipped over my roof touched down on the other side and destroyed the roof of my neighbor house on the other side of the street (I gave back the 7 or 8 potted trees now in my yard) AND YES! Catholic Mass on Sunday and a large donation on the plate, was all that came to mind.
Of course a Mobil Home Park a mile away was destroyed, but then God really hates trailer parks so that was to be expected. Oh I made it to work on time that afternoon and to church 3 days later.
Last but not least my son-in-law and my daughter and granddaughter were here for the weekend, I’ve mentioned before he has a 10 hectare farm in Subic Valley and I one hectare tilapia pond a tad larger than mine and he is quite pleased with these many days of solid rain, now the rice planting can start, and if all goes well he can squeeze in a second crop later in the year. But that is a wait and see, type of deal. I love to show up for the rice harvest, I don’t do much but watch.
So that is just a few of my many experiences with rain, and for some strange reason, I still like the rain. (Since it has rained hard every day from the 4th of July until the 11th, when I sent this to Bob) the discussion on whether or not the rainy season has started is now a moot point.