For many of us that live here in Texas we've been living under a constant rain cloud for what seems like a decade or so. It has been raining a lot. If I wanted this much rain in my life, I would have moved to some place where rain is a constant like Seattle or that place where the Cullens live or my shower.
But because the rain seems to be almost over, I am now faced with another problem: what do I do when that big bright, blinding orb peeks out from behind the clouds.
I have offered some steps to help you re-acclimate yourself to the sun when it finally does break through and the rain moves on to other places more … uh … wet.
Option 1 – Wear sunglasses – for those of you who may have forgotten during this recent downpour, your sunglasses are those thingies on your dash that have been collecting dust since around the beginning of this current rainy season (approximately August 29, 2003). They are the things with colored glass – usually brown, dark blue, dark grey or, on rare occasions rose – that normally, this time of year, when placed on your face cause third- and sometimes fourth-degree burns. They do wonders on keeping out the sun.
Pick up those glasses right now and place them on your face just to get into practice. That's right. Good job. No, Steve. Place them on your face near your eyes. That is your foot.
Option 2 – Squint – Many people forget to squint. It really goes back to the pioneering spirit of the old west when men and women didn't have Ray-Ban sunglasses as they crossed the open prairies or tried to get around the great Rocky Mountains (in what is now New Hampshire). When the sun rose up in the sky on our forebears, they did what manly men and womanly women still do today: they squinted. And squinted hard.
Option 3 – Stay indoors – This may seem like a pretty simple idea, but people who stay indoors avoid the sun a stunning 98.7 percent of the time. Your mother always used to tell you, “Be home early. Nothing any good ever happens that late at night.” Mothers were wrong. Stay inside and avoid that blistering sun. If you can't stay indoors, wear a large hat.
For more information, please visit my Sun Avoidance Web site at www.wowmyskinismilkywhite.biz.