Friday, January 8, 2010

It's Raining What ???

Funny word: Rain! We know we need it, but we'd rather not have it (most of the time). For as much as it does for us, it's still a bit of a downer. The word itself can be used in lots of ways. Heavy rain. Light rain. A metaphor for "bad", as "into each life a little rain must fall." Too much of a good thing: "It's raining money." Normally we're talking about water, right? Well, not necessarily. There's a song about "Raining Men." And a favorite expression- "It's raining cats and dogs."

But 2010 will go down as the year a new expression (and use of the word "rain") was coined. Hold the press on the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary- we have a last minute addition! Odd! Because it isn't even raining. It's snowing most places in the country. It's blowing most places in the country. But here in Florida (the Florida Keys to be exact)- it's just plain cold. Very cold. Elsewhere there may be frost on the pumpkin, but here there is ice on the strawberries- never a good thing. And the orange trees? They have skipped the processing plant this year and are going into direct production of frozen orange juice!

Which brings me back to the "new rain thingy." It's so cold. How cold is it? It's so cold that Green Iguanas are actually suspending their bodily functions (not dead, just in some suspended animation state) and falling out of the trees. I'm not lying! They're dropping all over the place- along side the road and even into some of the swimming pools (saw that one on the nightly news). Headlines in the local rags: "It's Raining Iguanas."

So yes, rest of the country, it is cold here too. We don't have to shovel snow (yet), just those big green lizards. It is after all, raining iguanas. You can now stick that in your Funk and Wagnalls....

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

This explains alot, everyone up north are thinking we are basking in the sun and working on our tans, unless you count "goose bumps".

Linda Duke said...

That's pretty bad when mother nature puts the iguanas to sleep. Stay warm!!!

Mike said...

Box 'em up and ship 'em to us, Greg. They'll thaw out here in Homer. We have been very warm and dry and enjoying the beach.

Greg said...

I see what you are up to, Mr. Mike! You're gonna start a new Alaskan herd with these half frozen lizards from Florida and try to get Chicken renamed "Iguana." Very clever, as always.Jimmy Buffet will play a set at Chickenstock 2010. Truth is it is so windy today, I couldn't get them flown out of here if I wanted to....So I think I'm gonna grill and eat them- sorry!

Mike said...

You bum! That's what we wanted them for....crossed with a chicken=chicguanas! Add a chicquita banana and voila...chiguanananas! Serve with a chilled chocotini...wow

Denice & Dennis said...

Also warmer at home in Alberta than here. Why are we here????

Greg said...

Hey Dennis and Denice! Thanks for the Alberta update. What are we doing here? I spent all day yesterday working on that question. I'll do the same today, and apparently tomorrow as that should be the coldest day yet. Snow in Miami yesterday? Yuck. Mike says it's beach weather in Homer, AK and our friends Lynn and Judy are reporting balmy warm breezes in the Arizona desert which is nice for them but painful for us :o) Not because we wish any less for them- simply because we are here and not there. Having been in both those locations at other times. just goes to show once again: timing is everything!