Thursday, March 31, 2011

Worms

Today ended the rain in Portland.  No, it wasn't sunny.  It just didn't rain.  That makes for 30 straight days of rain.  30!  WTF!!! 

Now you have to understand, this isn't one of those southern showers where it rains really hard for an hour and the rest of the days is sunny and nice.  This is the Pacific NW where everyday activities stop should the clouds part and reveal that strange blue color above them for two mintues.  They could have filmed that scene from Independence Day when everyone stops to look up at the alien spaceship right here in Portland during the spring. They wouldn't have even had to pay for the extras.  And that's what it has been like; every single day with heavy clouds and rain and wind.  Even a hard-core third generation local like me has reached their limit.  Actually, I reached my limit after day one but only because I've traveled the world and I know there are places that have sun outside of summer.

After a good long rainstorm...like our 30 days...there inevitably are thousands of worms laying in the sidewalk and on the street.  I feel bad for them because it isn't easy running without squishing some of them. 

It's not their fault either.  I watched some animal planet special during a serious bout of boredom for which there are probably drugs advertised on TV.  According to the special, they get washed out of their homes after rainstorms just like a tsunami washing out our second homes built right on the beach with a three foot sand drift between the ocean and total ruin.  Duh.

Imagine their plight.  There just laying at home watching reruns of Flipper when a huge rain wave of water floods their house and the next thing they know they're abandoned on some foreign street.  No time to even leave a note posted to a pole that says "Look for me on 6th street."

And though my house hasn't been flooded and I haven't been washed down the street....worms...when it comes to rain...I feel your pain.

17 comments:

Subby said...

Weather update: it's snowing in my area. I'd say WTF but it is New England...

I'll take in some o' those homeless worms...in a frying pan :P

What?

Mrsupole said...

Umm, we are so hot here in So. CA that we are running our air conditioners, but we would gladly take some of the rain and snow if we could. We are still in a drought and have to conserve water...which sucks for our lawns and gardens. But I do admit 30 days is just too many and worms are a rare sight around here, being as I am in a semi-arid area.

God bless.

Kurt said...

There's an old saying, "If you can't be kind to worms, leave them alone."

Boom Boom Larew said...

Avoiding stepping on worms after a heavy rain is an exercise in futility. Much easier just to move to Arizona.

Roy said...

Hmmmm... Here in central PA the rain floods out the groundhogs and moles. At least they're easier to avoid while running.

ReformingGeek said...

I'd like an order of rain, please. No, I don't want squished worms with that.

sybil law said...

I always feel bad for the ones washed out of their homes and then so bloated and fat with water, they end up stuck there and dried out until they die in the heat of the summer.
Eh. Not that bad, though.

00dozo said...

Hey, if you are a fisherman, collect them for bait! Or, if you are a gardener, put them in some moist - but not too moist - soil until the garden dries out a bit and then release them - kinda like a catch and release for worms. They aerate the soil and their casings (poop) makes for a great fertilizer.

Baino said...

Well at least when it rains here, it's warmish. I'm hoping for rain and a Giant Gippsland worm in two weeks time when I take an American road-tripping, what does he want to see? Koalas? Kangaroos? No, a 2 metre earthworm but they'll only gurgle out of their holes if there's a downpour and we find the right spot so wish me luck.

Subby said...

@Baino, two....metres?!? Ya don't need luck lass, ya need grenades!

Roxy Carmichael said...

God I know what you mean. I always try to rescue drowning worms and put them on a little dry sand island. It's my good deed for the day.

Megan said...

Some friends of mine want us to all move to Portland with them. I am seriously rethinking my initial positive response.

Quirkyloon said...

So like Milli Vanilli you are blaming it on the rain.

Ha!

secret agent woman said...

Whenever I see earthworms on the sidewalks after a rain, I can't help but picking up as many as I can and flinging them back onto the grass or dirt. After a while, I run out of steam and just keep walking, averting my eyes. There's a metaphor in that.

Janna said...

*uncontrollable shudder*

I... HATE.... worms.

Ack!

I hate them hate them hate them hate them.

Gross!

And now, against my better judgment, thanks to Baino, I'm googling "Gippsland worm"...

Please ignore the screams.

VE said...

Subby – Yeah, I’ll pass on the snow. We just have to go up into the hills and there’s 10 feet of snow! I’m not even exaggerating on that number either. We get serious snow here; just not in the valley where Portland is…

Mrsupole – I know…I was just in Palm Springs a couple weeks ago. Ah…mid 80s…nice…and I had plenty of water…the hotel pool was right out the back!

Kurt – But what if it’s a gang of worms trying to bully you out of your milk money?

Boom boom larew – You might be right...but there are those three months where it is 150 degrees there and you have to be inside by 8am or you’ll be a sizzling bacon on the street…

Roy – Probably not for me though…I ran right into a deer once while running…it’s a longer story…I think I had a post on it and you could find it if I bothered to provide a search or tags…but of course the gnomes convinced me not too…stay lazy they said…

Reforminggeek – There’s always a catch; nobody gets the order right…especially if you order it from the drive thru

Sybil law – Didn’t you just describe retirement life in Florida?

00dozo – What if I’m just a slacker?

Baino – A 2 metre earthworm? I’d trip over that running…

Subby – They’re probably plotting to take over Australia…I was plotting to do the same but I’ll make a deal with them. They can have the interior and I’ll take the coastline…

Roxy – Around here it would take all day doing good deeds with the amount of them…

Megan – Bring a raincoat! You should move up in July…and then back in October when the rains come…

Quirkyloon – I blame everything on the rain…including Milli Vanilli!

Secret agent woman – Is it that you’re OCD? Is it that you were a worm in a past life that only partly cares about the plight of worms?

Janna – So the fact that the gnomes took them all and stuck them under your bed might be a cause for concern then…

Subby said...

HA! I know about deep snow as well, VE. Spent a couple years in Denver :)