Years ago, a natural gas company hereabouts used to run a TV commercial showing kids playing soccer in the pouring rain.
"This is the Pacific Northwest, where life doesn't stop for the weather," the voiceover said.
"Yeah," I would say to myself, "because the people are too dumb to come in out of the rain."
In all fairness, I don't think the people in Bend are THAT stupid -- but they sure as hell have a weird idea of what "fun" is.
To a real hard-core Bendite, virtually everything is "fun."
Cutting firewood in knee-deep snow and sub-zero temperatures? "It was fun!"
Driving to work through snow and ice? "It's fun!"
I really, truly believe that if you put a Bendite in a Nazi concentration camp for six months and then asked him what it was like, he'd say: "It was FUN! I lost 30 pounds! And I met some really interesting people! That Dr. Mengele is quite a character!"
Thus, when a cold front moved through Central Oregon on Aug. 30 and SNOW actually fell in locations to the south of us and in higher elevations to the west of us, one of the local TV news stations posted the headline on its Web site: "August Snow Brings Fun Taste of Winter."
Dude. When it snows on Aug. 30, that is not "fun." That is HORRIBLE. That SUCKS to the max.
Although there were two suckerrific weekends in the latter part of August, with occasional rain and highs reaching barely into the 60s, the summer weather pattern basically continued through the month. Only two days legitimately earned a sucky rating, though several others were marginal.
Days of Sun: 29
Days of Suck: 2
Days of Sun: 140
Days of Suck: 103