Thursday, January 21, 2010

"Rain, Rain, Go Away" ... Seriously...

**Happy note at the bottom of the post**

I live in Arizona for a reason... It's warm and dry. And that's the way I like it.

The weather, however seemed to have lost that memo over about the last 4 days and it's been pouring buckets non-stop!! Now don't get me wrong, I love the smell of rain and the clean feeling afterwards, but about a half an hour rain shower can accomplish that.

As of tonight, Phoenix now has a tornado warning.... ???? Really?

Anyways, the real reason of my post (and sorry I've neglected you all this past week or so).

ARIZONA DRIVERS DO NOT KNOW HOW TO DRIVE IN THE RAIN! It's really not that difficult. Follow two simple rules: 1) Slow down a little, which includes allowing a little more time for braking, and 2) If your wipers need to be on, your headlights need to be on.

Rain is such a beautiful rarity here in the Valley of the Sun that it seems at the first raindrop on the windshield, people forget how to drive completely!

Case-in-point: This morning when Justin was driving to work, his car became the unfortunate punching bag of a driver who didn't follow rule number one, allow for stopping time. He was involved in a 4 car collision where the car 2 people behind him hit the car behind him which made him hit the car in front of him. (say that 3 times fast) And all when he was only about a mile away from being safely at work. Fan-tas-tic.

His back and front bumpers were beat up, and the muffler on the back was messed up enough that his car had to be towed from the scene. This means I had to drive into Phoenix to pick him up. I was supposed to be at work by 8 this morning, but I called and explained the situation. I didn't get into work until 10:00.

And the whole time I was driving to get him, and driving to and from my own work,I saw way too many stupid drivers. Going 75, weaving in and out of lanes, no lights on; and all in enough rain that I had my wipers cranked up as fast as they would go. It's like begging to get in an accident. Especially because the dirt is like concrete here and when it rains, no water soaks into the ground; it's too hard. Instead, everything just floods.

Everyone chant with me "Rain, rain, go away... rain, rain go away..." Or at least spread out a little more evenly through the year ;)

***On a very short, happy side-note, we've officially started house hunting!!! More updated info as things happen***

I'm exhausted... Good thing tomorrow's Friday :)


Jacob & Clarissa said...

You should send that rain back to Utah where it belongs. I was kind of looking forward to the storm we were supposed to get all week long. It snowed for about 2 minutes yesterday and that was it.

Brittney said...

I love the rain, but yes it would be frustrating being on the road with dimwits. Good luck with the house hunting. That can be quite the process, but fun. We're not quite there yet.

Heather F said...

At least you guys are just getting the rain! We are getting a TON of SNOW over here in New Mexico.. I honestly feel like I am still living in Idaho with all the snow we're getting here.. and its the same with you, people have no clue how to drive in it! I feel your pain.

katy said...

that situation sounds WAY too familiar! I was headed into work early after it had rained all night and the lady in back of me slid and rear ended me into the guy infront and then so on. Four car accident and I was the only one that had to get towed.
It's a sad way to start the day! Just drive careful and I hope that Justin isn't hurt too bad.

Spencer and Jessica Drew said...

oh my gosh! I know! I see so many cars that have their headlights off! it drives me nuts!

Jenelle said...

I miss rain in the desert-- but not those crazy flood storms! Rain here is boring, it doesn't have the same smell (not too many creosote bushes in Provo).
Happy house hunting- how fun!