Nothing Good Ever Happened in the Rain

San Diego forecasters are calling for a damp weekend; be sure to complain about it

By Ron Donoho
|  Friday, Feb 6, 2009  |  Updated 11:16 AM PDT
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Nothing Good Ever Happened in the Rain

Rain--the enemy of good times--threatens the Buick Invitation at Torrey Pines.

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As rain falls on San Diego, the Buick Invitational is threatened, as is a sunny way of life.

That wet stuff dripping from the sky is called "rain." Transplants and visitors to San Diego will recognize the phenomenon right away. Some locals get confused, however, and smile when they wake up to rain showers. These are the misguided souls who aren’t satisfied with our archetypal clear and sunny skies.

Feed these people Kobe beef and they'll demand meatloaf. Happiness about rain is a disease treatable by spending two weeks in the Pacific Northwest.

SoCal rain is simply annoying. Yes, our flora and fauna need it, but it's wildly inconvenient. Forecasters are calling for unusually high amounts of precipitation all weekend. That could put the Buick Invitational golf tournament in jeopardy. Hairstyles will frizz up. Car washes will be invalidated. Can you not see the major intrusion on the San Diego lifestyle?

Due to its infrequency, a rain storm gets major coverage here. The president might announce this weekend that he's found a trillion federal dollars in an overlooked offshore account. Economic blight solved! But if .17 inches of rain falls on Lindbergh Field, guess which story leads?

Be a glass-is-half-full person -- but not if it's half full of rain water. Feel free to complain about soggy skies. Stop singing about the bright side of rain. There is none.

Ron Donoho, formerly executive editor of "San Diego Magazine," is a regular contributor to NBCSandiego.com who covers local news, sports, culture and happy hours.

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