Take a Lesson from #SUMonsoon 2011

Posted: May 1, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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Winter brought bitterly cold winds and mounds of unpleasant snow. Flash forward five months and it is now April. After weeks of uncertain weather, my Swackett (Mac weather app) informed me that this week had the most potential of acting “Spring-like.” I prepped my Sperrys and light cardigans as I dreamed of sultry Syracuse days.

As I approached Schine on Tuesday afternoon, I saw the ominous and foreboding clouds closing in upon our campus. After securing a quiet spot at Jabberwocky Cafe, I was immediately alerted of the #SUMonsoon that had just occurred after coming indoors. Twitter and Facebook became instant hot spots for all the latest updates and pics of brown water rushing down streets and turning Bird Library’s steps into waterfalls.  Just when I thought Mother Nature had relinquished us of wild weather, we were bombarded by #Syrapacolypse.

The torrents of falling rain and streams of eery brown water caught us all by surprise. However, the real victim of #SUMonsoon 2011 was not your locks of luscious hair or essay assignment due that afternoon. It was your clothing. Soaked Sperrys, check. Drenched backpack or book bag, check. Wet t-shirt contest for all, check. Rain sucks.

Here’s the good news: there are ways to prepare yourself before the next #SUMonsoon strikes. Make sure you have these couple of items handy the next time you see the rain in the forecast.

Item 1: Hunter boots or any variation of a rain boot

The Hunter rain boot is sure to be spotted on any given soggy day. Whether it’s periwinkle, army green, black, navy or metallic silver, these boots are sure to keep your tootsies warm and dry no matter what Mother Nature has in store. Next time you see a gray cloud lingering or a rain drop icon in the forecast, take caution. Hike those boots up because this campus is about to become Syr-a-stream.

Item 2: The handy umbrella

The latest technology has given us a wind-proof umbrella, whose shape is reminiscent of a kite. This peculiar umbrella retails for $18.99, but will the elongated and strange shaped vinyl really match up to the Syr-a-gusts that knock us off our feet?

Another option is a golf umbrella, which is fairly large and has a hefty price tag, but will certainly keep the rain aside. However, should the forecasted rain hold out, your stuck walking around campus with a large umbrella that is reminiscent of a walking stick.

The only real alternative here is a bubble umbrella. It retails for $16.99 at Target and has the appearance of a dome or bottom of a plastic egg. It’s small enough to tote around as an accessary, while its shape can withstand Syracuse’s category five (exaggeration) winds.

Item 3: Emergency poncho

No hunters. No umbrella. No raincoat. Uh oh. Good thing you kept your handy-dandy pocket sized poncho packed away in a secret compartment of your backpack! Style and fashion aside, these plastic wonders will save your outfit and you a great deal of time should a sudden #SUMonsoon hit campus. Instead of blow drying yourself under the bathroom hand dryers, have a poncho ready and there will be no saturated clothes to be had.

If all else fails, colleges in California are just as prestigious and exceptional. The transfer process shouldn’t be nearly as intense as the #Syrapocolypse/#SUMonsoon that drenched us on Tuesday. If you find that you have left your room without one of your “In-Case-of-Rain” items, have your magic wand ready and the spell, “Accio” memorized. So when you see that crowd of dark clouds moving in, shout “Accio, Hunters!” so that you’re prepared for the oncoming streams of water. If that fails, have your floo powder at the ready…California is just a pinch of magic away.

-Jon Gregalis

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