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Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I’ve a smile on my face

Sometimes you dodge the old weather bullet, sometimes it nails you. Today it nailed us, as our noontime excursion to Central Park coincided with a ferocious downpour. But did we let that spoil our fun? Not a bit.

One of the finest statues in the park celebrates author Hans Christian Andersen and we’ve long wanted to pay him a visit, but on sunny days he generally has little children crawling all over him. On a rainy day, though…  We hope he enjoyed a visit from slightly older fans this time.

Then we found our way to an overpass, where we took shelter from the torrent in the company of some tourists from Pittsburgh.  One of them finally drummed up the courage to ask us what our gathering was all about, and did so with wonderful politeness. Yay, Pittsburgh!

On the way out, we snapped a picture of our drenched selves. Shivering, shirts plastered to our skin, but…happy to have had a rainy day to remember.

So…what do we do when it rains? Sometimes we brave the elements and get lucky; sometimes we brave the elements and get soaked. And sometimes we duck into our favorite spa for a an hour of sauna and massage in the hopes that it’ll rain itself out. Which, yesterday, it did.

But the ominous portents of rain meant a bunch of people cancelled (wimps!), leaving just one of us behind the camera and one in front. Oh, brave, brave one in front!  Bearing the standard for the rest of us. Was it a little bit terrifying? Yes. But also exhilarating. Any day that contains a full-body massage and a one of Tom Colicchio’s delicious cinnamon brioche buns eaten bare-breasted on the grass in the heart of midtown Manhattan is a good day indeed.

It seems churlish, when the temperature’s flirting with 100 degrees in New York and everyone’s dying for some relief, to hope it doesn’t rain. But we’ve got an event planned for Friday!  And it’s hard to read outdoors in the rain. So…we’re hoping the rain takes its sweet time coming. In the meantime, here are a few more peeks at our last couple of outings…

It was sunny today until just before 3, when storm clouds blew in and a shower began.  We packed hastily and hightailed it out of the park, and what began as topless reading on the grass became a topless dash in the rain down Central Park West. And it felt wonderful.

Of course, it was raining, so the camera was packed safely away – meaning that you’ll just have to imagine what we looked like racing along the sidewalk, rain-pelted and exultant. But here to sharpen your imaginative powers are some photos of what we did before the rain began…

So…we were all set to enjoy a day in the park today, when what should hit town but Tropical Storm Alberto? Also known as rain, rain, and more rain.

So we hit one of our favorite spas instead and read indoors, in the sauna.

Sunny days are coming, though.  Coming soon.

No, it hasn’t suddenly turned warm on us again. In fact, it was cold and rainy all day yesterday. All day! But here we are with sunny photos again. What the…?

Well, some of you sent us e-mail saying that as much as you enjoyed the photos we’d shared from our friends at Hard Case Crime and Creeping Hemlock Press, that’s not the sort of thing you came to our site to see. You missed seeing pictures of our merry band at play in the public spaces of New York City.

Well, say no more. We’re some months away from our next outdoor outing, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have any pics left to share from our last few.

Enjoy. We’re counting down the months till the first robin of spring makes its appearance.  (We have a thing for redbreasts, as you might imagine.)

“I wish it weren’t raining! I wish it were warm outside, so I could get naked in the park with my friends! Maybe if I post some more pictures of us doing just that, the gods of New York weather will relent and grant us another day or two of beautiful, balmy, spring-like weather!”

Come on, climate. You know you like it as much as we do.