Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Life lessons: Umbrellas.

I've never been a big fan of umbrellas. And I think that's because where I grew up when it rained it was often cold so you would've needed a jacket as well. Raincoats were my friend.

But now in Melbourne, it's not often cold AND rainy.  So, I've started carrying around a small pocket umbrella in case there is a rainy day when I don't bring my raincoat (because hey, small umbrellas are smaller than a bulky raincoat to carry around everyday - who knew?)

After surgery, when I was confined to my couch, a coworker came over one day to talk about work and it started raining so I let her borrow my umbrella.

This is an important life lesson: people do not return umbrellas.

It has rained all this week in Melbourne and while I've been happy to be wearing my rain coat that protects me from both the rain and the wind - now I find myself missing my little umbrella that fit so perfectly in the pocket of my backpack.


22 comments:

  1. It's true, people are TERRIBLE at giving back umbrellas. And an umbrella has DEFINITELY been required this week! (Today, a coat was required as well. Holy Hell, it was cold walking home tonight!)

    If it's any help, I got my umbrella from Target for $12...

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  2. I was not expecting your post to go where it did, it made me giggle with surprise that someone stole your umbrella. Of course, this was immediately followed by incredulity that SOMEONE FLIPPIN' STOLE YOUR UMBRELLA.

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  3. Life Lesson: People don't return DVD's either. Or perhaps that's only the case here in SA ;P

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  4. My umbrellas always blow inside out so I buy cheap ones. Because my umbrellas are cheap they blow inside out. It is a catch 22 of epic proportions.

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  5. I've had the same black umbrella for years. I totally borrowed it from a student back in my teaching days and never returned it. I'm badass like that ;)

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  6. I had the same umbrella for about 15 years (I got it for free at a conference). Then it went completely kaput...in the rain in Amsterdam. So I bought a 5 euro tourist one (the first one I found)and it didn't last a month. Then I bought another one and lost it. Bought a third one and found the 2nd one. Of course. But since I mostly ride my bike I don't often need an umbrella. Now I have two. I'd be happy to loan you one if you promise to return it :)

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  7. So true!! You know what people also tend to not return? Books and DVDs. So annoying =(

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  8. Regarding books - I have a policy to not keep books (in part because no one returns them)...so this one doesn't bother me as much...but dvds would make me sad.

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  9. Ahh that sucks! Hope you get it back soon!

    Also I loved your post below. Me and Joel always fight when we don't see each other that much, and I always thought it was really weird. But after reading your post it kinda makes sense, so thank you :)

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  10. Aww, you're right. People do not return them. But, I'm sure you could adopt a lost one from any number of locations

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  11. Lame! I don't like lending people anything because I never seem to get my stuff back.

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  12. My mom and I argue often (not serious) over damn umbrellas! I don't like when people don't return stuff but I'm certain they don't like it when I don't return stuff back either. Ughh!

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  13. It rains all the time in the winter in Chile and I always carry around my pocket-sized umbrella. I <3 it. It isn't often a warm rain like in Minnesota summers, or the Costa Rican rainy season, so everyone here has to get bundled up to battle the cold.I would argue that in most cases they overdo it and end up going outside dressed for 50 degrees like I would dress for -30.

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  14. I HATE umbrellas probably because I'm always irrationally afraid of them pinching my fingers. I also hate getting wet in the rain, but not as much as I hate umbrellas.

    Basically: I would never steal your umbrella.

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  15. haha, it's true! People are awful at returning umbrellas. They're actually pretty awful about returning lots of stuff - tupperware included.

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  16. Haha - nope, they really don´t, have no clue of how many I´ve lost that way during the years! :-D

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  17. Hi! I hope you see your umbrella again soon :) You're going to need it where you live! Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday :)
    I do think it's wrong for people not to return something that they borrowed :(

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  18. Coming from you in rainy Seattle, those pocket umbrellas are a lifesaver! I have several, one tucked in each of my various purses and bags. :-)

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  19. You've been tagged BTW :)

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  20. It was my time living near Seattle that taught me the importance of always carrying a small umbrella! But I've always preferred them to raincoats just because I hate the feeling of being pelted with rain, and have yet to find a coat that will actually keep my dry ;) So sorry that someone absconded with your umbrella!

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  21. What's with that? I lost a nice umbrella in a similar way, to a co-worker too. So strange. Can't recall ever borrowing one myself but I'm sure I'd return it if I did!

    Loulou

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  22. I am always the worst with remembering an umbrella. I need a find a cute coat!

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