Here's how I know I'm not in the midwest anymore:
Clerk: "Is it still raining outside"
Wife: "Well, it's drizzling"
Clerk: "What does 'drizzling' mean?"
Wife: "It's the midwestern word for what you Californians call 'rain'."
Seriously, there was a pretty decent rainstorm here in the past couple of days (basically what you would expect in KY or PA every couple of months or so), but it was nowhere near the scale that the news made it out to be ("OMG, it's rain!!!! Everyone head for the hills!), or that some people made it out to be (Receptionist at doctor's office: "Wow, I can't believe you made your appointment today; I mean, it's raining out there!").
Though, I'm starting to believe that people who live in arid climates should be forced to drive in wet conditions before getting their license. It's one thing to not drive in the rain very often, it's totally different to not know how to drive in the rain. For too many people here, "driving in the rain" seems to mean one of the following:
- Slow down to 20mph, often, without warning, and without a discernible reason (I saw water! and it was falling from the sky. OMGWTFBBQ!?!?!?!)
- Drive as aggressively as possible; out of fear and panic (OMG, I'm so scared, I have to get off the highway, and my exit is only 2 miles away. Whatever can I do!?!?!?! I know, I'll cut Clark off!)
- Do both at the same time (how that is possible, I don't know, but I've seen it)
Here's a tip people: Slamming on your breaks as you approach a puddle is a horrible idea.
I don't even want to imagine what would happen if it snowed out here :)