Monday, February 6, 2012

The UCLA Student's Essential Guide to Rain, Part 2

The Comprehensive and {Somewhat} Complete Guide to Dealing with UCLA When It Rains.
A Continuation.
by one who's lived it and has survived to tell the tale.

1. Don't step on the red tile.

You know how I said "Don't step on the metal grates" last time? Well, I'm adding the red tile that resides in and around the Sunken Gardens to that list of things to be wary of putting full weight on during a rainy day.

These little squares of innocence may try to fool you with their "but I'm brick, I wouldn't hurt you" ways, but it's all a lie. Best be on your guard and walk carefully when trying to get to Public Affairs. Darn Public Affairs.

2. Rainboots.

You actually need them.

Which I find really weird.

I'm NorCal, born and raised, and I didn't realize that anyone actually wore these things outside of Washington {the state} and Oregon until I reached college. I've since noticed that Los Angeles in general, and UCLA in particular, does not handle falling droplets of water well. Not very well at all.

Apartment streets become rivers to forge {as is Bruinwalk really since it's just two hills hanging out next to each other} and what seemed like flat ground just the day before becomes an obstacle course littered with giant lakes the size of our apartment and ankle-deep.

Which is why freshman year, the only people who came prepared with rainboots were the SoCal kids.

I find it hilarious that people who say they live in the Land of Eternal Summer are the first people I know to all own rainboots. Irony.

3. You won't find an available seat in a library on campus. Any of the libraries on campus.

Everyone goes there to hibernate until the moisture stops coming down from the sky above, so not only are all the libraries full, but the floors are wet and squeaky from the water everyone's trekked in and it smells faintly like damp dog.

Not a thrilling combination on the best of days.

4. Using an umbrella won't necessarily keep you dry.

From mid-thigh down, your pants will get soaked through and stick to you as if they just came out of the washing machine and you decided to put them on. Plus, they're super cold.

There's really not much you can do about this, but just a head's up that umbrella usage does not equal complete protection.

5. Dry socks never felt so wonderful.

There is no nicer feeling than dry socks after a day of wading from class to class.

And since your feet are frozen because they were wet, the socks feel dry and warm.

*happy sigh*

Dry toesies are happy toesies.


It rained today. And it's supposed to be high 70s again tomorrow with sunny skies and zero chance of rain. It's a wonder we don't all catch pneumonia trying to deal with the crazy fluctations in the weather. Hotcoldhotcoldhotcold. Raaawr.

{written and posted February 10th, but no matter}

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