Not really — not today — but one can dream. At least it isn't raining. The sun will shine again, perhaps as soon as tomorrow. The basement will drain, so I can stop babysitting the sump pump, clearing its clogs, making sure it's operating at its highest capacity, that it hasn't burnt out. I can so relate to that sump pump ... without which we'd be sunk (seriously) right about now.
Meanwhile, here's a looking-at-the-bright-side snippet I overheard at the coffee shop yesterday: "One thing about Newporters; they've got nice foul weather gear." It's true. I confirmed it by looking around me at the sea of heavy-duty jackets in red, yellow and blue with hard-to-open velcro pockets and industrial-strength zippers and reflective trim and strangely-shaped hoods with stretchy strings attached. Hey, we need our foul weather gear — not just in Newport, of course. And (lest you think otherwise) it's not about money, or showmanship, or even about boats. It's because there are good deals on foul weather gear at the Boat Show, spring and fall.
CRANSTON, R.I. – A record-shattering rainstorm hammered the Northeast on Tuesday, delivering widespread flooding for the second time this month and unleashing particular havoc in Rhode Island, a tiny already beleaguered by a sagging economy and backbreaking unemployment rate. The storm soaked all corners of what is known as the Ocean State, pushing rivers over their banks, closing roads and schools, and requiring hundreds of people to evacuate, including by boat. The rain finally tapered off by Tuesday afternoon but resumed in Providence by evening, with officials bracing for what is expected to be the most severe flooding to hit the state in more than 100 years.