sights and sounds of a soaked city
May 6, 2019 7:49 AM   Subscribe

....actual umbrellas quickly become hazards themselves, catching the wind or flipping inside out.

I have repeatedly come very very close to posting an AskMe looking for recommendations for "wind-resistant umbrellas" for exactly this reason.l
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:45 AM on May 6, 2019

If you're tall you'll be in danger of being blinded by an umbrella.
posted by asusu at 2:59 PM on May 6, 2019

EmpressCallipygos, what you want is a Gustbuster. I really enjoyed mine for the three weeks I had it, before I left it in a train station. (On the principle that We Can't Have Nice Things, I have not spent more than $20 on an umbrella since.)

Thank you for this post. It was truly lovely, although I wouldn't have appreciated it in the last few days because they have been damp and dreary. People don't linger for the rain in cities, and Lord knows they should not; it is filthy. Like the photographer says, they have no time to put on airs.
posted by Countess Elena at 5:36 PM on May 6, 2019 [2 favorites]

I was living in NYC when most of these photos were taken, and this really resonated with me. Bookmarking this for whenever I’m homesick.
posted by MexicanYenta at 4:21 AM on May 7, 2019 [1 favorite]

Even when it's warm, tropical rain, everybody seems to forget to think, whether they are barreling over others to get under an awning, or throwing themselves across busy streets to get out of it. Cars also become barely-guided missiles, like they are afraid of getting the paint wet. It makes no sense at all.

There are two rules:
1. Call the office and let them know you're waiting it out.
2. It doesn't matter if you get wet on the way home.
posted by halfbuckaroo at 6:07 PM on May 7, 2019

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