When I first moved to San Diego, I was puzzled that people invited me out for coffee or lunch “if it’s not raining.” Did restaurants and coffee shops in sunny places like San Diego close in inclement weather? Efforts to get to the bottom of this were initially unsuccessful until it was finally explained to me why Southern Californians don’t go out in showery conditions:
San Diegans do not do wet. We are used to dry. Sometimes really dry. As the joke goes, our four seasons are fire, earthquake, landslide, and drought. But having such a cooperative climate does make the locals really testy when precipitation should interfere with one’s tee (or tea) time. In fact that’s another piece of data I remember from a long-ago Chamber of Commerce brochure: 304 golfing days per year. If one lives here long enough, one comes to feel that there is simply no excuse for meteorological conditions interfering with one’s plans the other 61 days either.