This morning, I woke to the sound of rain pattering outside my window. When I left the house, I was part of both the 2% of the population not carrying an umbrella and the 30% not wearing rainboots. That’s because I greatly dislike both inventions.
Umbrellas can be nice, but when it’s rainy it’s usually also windy, so carrying an umbrella becomes more of a hassle than a benefit. You spend the entire walk fighting the wind, trying to keep your umbrella from turning inside out, and still end up wet because of the wind.
On the rare times that I do carry one, it’s a small one. I can’t stand the people with the 4 foot umbrellas who take up the entire sidewalk. Annoying.
Rainboots are, in a word, ugly. They might keep your feet dry, but at the expense of looking absolutely horrible. Not to mention the cringe-worthy squeaking sound they make once you get inside. I’d rather wear normal boots or tennis shoes and maybe get a bit wet than deal with that.
I know EK thinks I’m insane, but I think NY people are just wimps. Rain’s only water, if you get wet, you’ll dry off, and a coat with a hood will keep you just as dry as an umbrella. Seems like a pretty simple concept to me.
Oh, and before people start claiming that umbrellas keep them drier and healthier, I never get sick, so there 😉