We don’t get too many opportunities to complain about the weather here in California — especially those of us who reside in southern Cal. That’s what makes the high rent in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and my little town of Pasadena worthwhile. Lately, however, we’ve been living in a monsoon. I haven’t seen this much rain since my law school days in San Francisco. I know I shouldn’t complain — my East-coast friends and family members are being beaten down with snow storms, and it was just last weekend that it was 80 degrees and thousands of us were out soaking up the sunshine with a weekend that was just made for riding.
In law school, I once drove a hundred miles through a hail storm to escape the gloom of the Bay Area just for a sunny so-Cal weekend. In my older age, such a journey sounds down-right awful. Maybe that’s partly because, as a practicing motorcycle accident lawyer, I see too many injuries to my motorcyclist brothers and sisters.
So tonight (and for the rest of the week, it appears) my motorcycles are hidden away in my garage. And on this less-than-perfect California day, I remind you all to ride safe and stay sunny-side up. Remember that the rain makes it harder to see us, and many drivers out here shouldn’t be on the roads even in the best of conditions. My best advice is, if you have the choice, avoid any chance of a motorcycle accident . . . Take a car if you can. Or better still, rent a movie, throw a log on the fireplace, have your wife or husband cook you up some soup, and stay home, where it’s warm and dry. That’s what I’ll be doing tonight.
My motorcycle will still be there on Thursday when the sun finally decides to come out again.