written by owen on 2004-Jul-26.
When you live in kingston it's hot, very hot, like JLO or that Nina Sky song. And because of this it doesn't rain that much as in the rural areas, especially with all the concrete, toxic waste and pollution. It hasn't rained in a while but when it does rain it pours for like week. When it rains there's also crazy traffic congestion because people like to drive around in the rain, the rain is good.
Jamaica hasn't had a good hurricane in years, not that I like 120 mile an hour winds and widespread destruction but a hurricane every now and then would make me feel a whole lot better. Probably reduce the crime level, you never know it might help. Shit happens. People can't hang around on street corners when it's raining, your clothes get wet. There have been a few thunder storms, floods in various caribbean countries - mostly in low lying areas affecting only the people who live dangerously close to rivers and fire stations. But a hurriance now is a different bag a chips all together. Hurricanes bring strong winds, lightning, constant rain with the occasional landslide to everybody. Schools close, emergency workers get paid, it could not be a better situation. So people hate the rain I love it. They often travel across the caribbean like loss children in a supermarket.
Rain is a definate advantage of living in the tropics, because it's almost like snow without the extra cold, padding, ice and old people. When we can't go to the beach, the water comes to us and on the rare occasion some hail maybe - but it never stays around too long (because that would be a bad thing). Rain is a sign that the mother nature is running the way it should, unless of course it is acid rain, then you'll know.