It's raining out. Umbrella? Raincoat? No special anything...just get wet?

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It's raining out. Umbrella? Raincoat? No special anything...just get wet?

Bignuf Bignuf
We live right in the midst of a college campus, more or less. In the olden days, when it rained...everyone had an umbrella. It is pouring today and for some odd reason, young people today don't seem to have or use them. Sure...there are SOME, but there are WAY more people just running too and fro getting WET...no raincoat, no nothing. HOWEVER, all the girls ARE wearing rubber ducky type rain BOOTS!!!??? (what IS the point?)

Is this the new normal? No raincoats, no umbrellas? Just get wet.

Any young people care to comment? There is a drug store, right here on campus with $1.00 umbrellas for sale at the door. There are about 100 in the rack. The store is open 24/7 at this expensive school (kids are not, generally poor here)...so I know it is not the "we are such poor college kids we cannot afford an umbrella), so we can take that answer off the table.

Any ideas or comments???
09/22/2011
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Wildchild Wildchild
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
We live right in the midst of a college campus, more or less. In the olden days, when it rained...everyone had an umbrella. It is pouring today and for some odd reason, young people today don't seem to have or use them. Sure...there are SOME, but ...
(what IS the point?) Your guess is as good as mine.

Since when do you where knee high socks with sandles when its 90 degrees outside. I don't get the point to that one either.
09/22/2011
Rossie Rossie
Wearing fancy rain boots is the "hip" thing - even the designer brands are marketing them.

We don't use umbrellas much, people here in the northwest prefer Columbia waterproof jackets, and of course there's always the car to keep us nice and warm!
09/22/2011
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
We live right in the midst of a college campus, more or less. In the olden days, when it rained...everyone had an umbrella. It is pouring today and for some odd reason, young people today don't seem to have or use them. Sure...there are SOME, but ...
If you'll indulge a few scenarios, I will attempt to explain.

You're a commuting student, so you get to college via the bus. The bus ride is 40 minutes, and if you forget something at home, you have to deal with being without it, because you won't have time to go back and forth between your classes. You have to bring three textbooks with you for your various classes, plus your laptop/notebook for taking notes during class. Let's not forget an ipod or a book to amuse yourself between breaks. Now, you're carrying all of this with you like a damn pack mule, do you REALLY want to add anything else into your bag? No, because it's already heavy enough. It's easier to get wet.

Or... You live on campus, and it's a 10 minute walk home. If you're only going to be outside for ten minutes, who cares? You can change when you get back to your dorm.

You have to wear some kind of shoe, might as well be boots, and if they're gonna be boots, they might as well be cute.
09/22/2011
slynch slynch
I just get wet.
09/22/2011
ToyGurl ToyGurl
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
We live right in the midst of a college campus, more or less. In the olden days, when it rained...everyone had an umbrella. It is pouring today and for some odd reason, young people today don't seem to have or use them. Sure...there are SOME, but ...
There's something amazing about getting wet in the rain. Living in a state that... well, basically never gets rain, we rush to feel the rain on our skin. It's beautiful and exhilliarating. It's like a breath of new air. Rain has always been very intimate for me.

The boots... just a fashion item. That's basically all it is. Either that or they want to save their fancy shoes from getting muddy.
09/22/2011
shySEXXaddict shySEXXaddict
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
We live right in the midst of a college campus, more or less. In the olden days, when it rained...everyone had an umbrella. It is pouring today and for some odd reason, young people today don't seem to have or use them. Sure...there are SOME, but ...
So I think thats what it is because where Im from no one uses them either!!Its like in the winter when its freezing outside they will have a hat,scarf on with no coat!!(females)and the guys will just wear a tuke!!Even though I love the rain I always wear a parka atleast!
09/22/2011
AngelvMaynard AngelvMaynard
Love rain boots, hate umbrellas. Who wants to carry it around all day after you're inside. JMO tho!
09/22/2011
mandiegk mandiegk
Well when I was in college I would literally just roll out of bed before my 8 am class, brush my teeth, and go to class without even looking out the window to check the weather. I had an umbrella and rain boots, but I just didn't bother to check to see if I needed them because it only took me three minutes to get to class. However, after my 8 am class I went back to my room to shower and dress myself appropriately.

I have no explanation for boots and no umbrella or raincoat.
09/22/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
... I may or may not own a few pairs of cute rain boots... And I may or may not have gotten them from the kids section so I could get super cute designs like pink leopard print and little black and white skulls...

If I know I'm going to be out in the rain for a while, I'll bring an umbrella with me. When I was in college I never did unless I knew it was going to be pouring because I had all the crap I had to carry and parking sucked, like I swear some of these spots were a quarter mile away from the nearest building, let alone the building you had class in. Now? The farthest I routinely walk outside where it might be raining is to/from the car, so a hood will usually suffice for me.
09/22/2011
AngelvMaynard AngelvMaynard
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
... I may or may not own a few pairs of cute rain boots... And I may or may not have gotten them from the kids section so I could get super cute designs like pink leopard print and little black and white skulls...

If I know I'm going to ...
Hahaha! I shop in the kids department sometimes too!!
I am eyeballing some cute "teen" costumes out of my boys halloween catalogs! I want to be Harley Quinn for halloween!
09/22/2011
Eucaly Eucaly
It's an urge to look cool.

It's the same urge that leads college students to be wearing short sleeves, mini-skirts and no coat at all outdoors when it's in the 20's. Even if their skin looks blue, they don't want a coat because it isn't cool.
09/22/2011
Beck Beck
I do not do anything different except run to the door. I already got my hands to full for an umbrella and cloths dry just fine.
09/22/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
I will maybe go with high top shoes, instead of Birkies or ballet flats. I don't use umbrellas. I used to when I lived in Chicago and took public transportation and walked a lot. I'm in the suburbs and there is no public transport so I drive everywhere. So, I just run to my car and hope I get a close parking place or there is one of those things where the guy parks your car. (I can't think of the name, I'm stress city today and sick, again.)

My Man has never owned an umbrella in his life. He rarely wears hats, gloves or any type of footwear except hiking boots, work boots or sandals in the summer. (And the sandals surprised me, because he just started wearing them in the last few years. OMG, do they smell when he wears them in the rain.)
09/22/2011
catgirl9 catgirl9
I don't own an umbrella. If it's raining out, I just put my hood up and run.
09/22/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by AngelvMaynard
Hahaha! I shop in the kids department sometimes too!!
I am eyeballing some cute "teen" costumes out of my boys halloween catalogs! I want to be Harley Quinn for halloween!
Hahaa, my friends were like "wait, the shoes fit you??" and I chuckled. The only thing I don't like is that a pair of adult galoshes would go higher up my calf and hold my jeans better.
09/22/2011
Ansley Ansley
I just get wet. Fighting with an umbrella and then having to leave it somewhere to dry is too much of a hassle in most cases. I always forget to bring it home or someone will take it and then return it long after I've gone home.
09/22/2011
Illumin8 Illumin8
I'll usually just get wet. Sometimes, if I'm feeling particularly un-lazy, I'll pick up an umbrella. haha
09/22/2011
GravyCakes GravyCakes
i'm in college, & lots of girls wear rain boots & have umbrellas. i keep meaning to get a pair b/c i hate wearing wet tennis shoes & flip flops are a pain in the rain b/c they slip off constantly. i have an umbrella & a poncho depending on how hard it's raining. lots of people here have umbrellas, & there are a few that run around in the rain.
09/22/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
I quite like the rain, so I don't use a raincoat or umbrella. Too, I don't run to get out of the rain - if anything I slow down.
09/23/2011
wetone123 wetone123
I don't mind getting wet. Its not like I'm gonna melt or anything! I do love those rubber boots tho' and have a snazzy pair!
09/23/2011
married with children married with children
I live where it rains alot during the fall and spring. I have never owned an umbrella. I have a raincoat for work, but I have only used it a few times. Only when you are going to be outside in the rain for 8 hours.
09/24/2011
null null
I don't bother with an umbrella, or those tacky bright boots either. I'll get wet like everybody else.
I just make sure I don't wear flip flops, when they redid the sidewalks around campus they finished them super slick, tennis shoes with grip are a must!
10/21/2011
GenderSexplorations GenderSexplorations
Rain is nice so I don't mind getting wet if it's a drizzle. But if it's pouring I definitely need an umbrella. No sense in getting soaked!
10/21/2011
AndroAngel AndroAngel
I find umbrellas ineffectual. If it's windy, the rain gets under the umbrella anyway, and you're forced to fight with the darn thing so it doesn't blow away or turn inside out. And even if it isn't windy, you have to worry about not smacking it into other people's umbrellas, or if you're short like me, their heads. And if it's crowded, that gets even worse. I'll wear a raincoat sometimes, but usually I don't bother. I'll dry out eventually.
10/22/2011
mmike1900 mmike1900
I don't like to use umbrellas, but they're still popular, especially in big cities.

I can't explain the young folks you see without any rain proof gear. I definitely can't explain the girls who don't have umbrellas, but insist on wearing their boots. Sounds stupid.

While at school, my friends and I were always smart enough to have rain jackets and I'd like to consider us relatively young. So your campus is filled with dummies, rain lovers or students who are too lazy to pick up an umbrella.
10/22/2011
AndromedaJane AndromedaJane
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
We live right in the midst of a college campus, more or less. In the olden days, when it rained...everyone had an umbrella. It is pouring today and for some odd reason, young people today don't seem to have or use them. Sure...there are SOME, but ...
I just get wet. Doesn't bug me.
10/22/2011
Vanille Vanille
Doesn't bother me to get wet if it's drizzling. Full on downpours we have a problem as I chill easily.
10/22/2011
chicken12 chicken12
Quote:
Originally posted by Eucaly
It's an urge to look cool.

It's the same urge that leads college students to be wearing short sleeves, mini-skirts and no coat at all outdoors when it's in the 20's. Even if their skin looks blue, they don't want a coat because it isn't cool.
Although I'm sure some people do it to look cool, in my particular circumstance, my school doesn't quite understand the concept of heat regulation. The moment a snowflake hits the ground, the buildings turn up to 90 degrees outside.

There can be a blizzard outside and we'll be fanning ourselves. During the dead of winter, I've opened the window (I keep my heat off, but the heat in the building still warms up the room).
10/22/2011
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