Thursday, July 19, 2007

Rain, Rain-- Go Away

At the risk of sounding like my weather-obsessed inlaws, I just have to point out that the bastards at the weather office do this every single weekend: They forecast nothing but rain on Saturday and Sunday, and then they invite the sunshine back come Monday. See?

July 21
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Rain Rain Cloudy with sunny breaks Mainly sunny Sunny Scattered showers
High 16°C 18°C 20°C 21°C 23°C 22°C
Cloudy with sunny breaks
Mainly sunny
Scattered showers
P.O.P. 90% 90% 20% 0% 0% 40%

Normally, rain on the weekend would be a mild annoyance, but I would be able to take it in stride. Not this weekend, though. Nope. Saturday night is when our labour of love is supposed to get its moment in the spotlight. I'm getting horrific visions of the tissue on our lantern melting off in the inanimate object's equivalent of flesh eating disease. Yuck. Pulpy puddles of lantern and glue aren't fun on a good day, but they're even worse when they are the remnants of something you invested more than 100 hours of hard labour into! (<-- arrest me, grammar police. And while we're on the topic, the punctuation police can lay charges against me, too.) The crew at Luminara did a walk through the (rainy and soggy) park last night, and in a disturbing display of denial, nobody talked about what to do in the event of rain. The coordinator even went so far as to declare that she 'didn't think it would rain on Saturday evening'. OK... I love the coordinator and all, but I'd still like to know what Plan B is, in the (hopefully very unlikely) event that Mother Nature decides that she really does feel like raining on that night. Exactly how much wetness can a paper lantern handle before everything goes to shit?

Well, hopefully I'll be posting beautiful and magical photos of the lantern's grand debut on Sunday-ish, but just in case, here are some sneak preview 'before' shots of our wonderful lighthouse:

(Sorry, I decided against putting photos of the lantern all lit up at the last second. Call me superstitious, but I didn't want to jinx it!)

Everyone, cross your fingers, arms, eyes, and even toes that the weather holds out for Saturday. There are lots of things going on this weekend (Moss Street Paint-In, Luminara, Salt Spring Fibre Festival, and even the Harry Potter book release mayhem!), and it would be great for every single one of those events if the rain stayed away. Come on, Mother Nature!


Rose said...

The skies will clear with lovely precision.

Gingersnaps with Tea... said...

It is a little known fact that if you live on the coast… sooner or later you will become obsessed with the weather and in particular… the rain. My X use to say he had never met anyone, ever as obsessed with the weather as my family (all in or near Vancouver). At least Victoria is a bit better.