Jan 12, 2008
Posted in: Visit
Despite being the middle of winter, on Friday the entire Boston area ended up getting drenched in an unexpected deluge of rain. Yes, you read that right: rain. For a variety of reasons, this made me less than happy.
Snow, you see, I could have handled. After all, snow isn't only picturesque, and fun to play with (or in), it even can serve as a metaphor for life. (Who can argue with that?) And whenever I see those first flakes falling from the sky, I won't deny that I always took a certain pleasure in running around trying to taste a few. Which makes me sound like a fifth-grader, but it's true, so there you go.
Rain, on the other hand, just gets everybody wet. Including me. Normally, I wouldn't really mind a little rain, because like most people I kept a pretty good pair of rain boots in my dorm room, not to mention three (count 'em) umbrellas. In case you're curious, and I'm sure you are (not), I brought one from home, and I ended up buying the other two from LaVerde's - MIT's on-campus mini-mart, basically - during the fall term when it spontaneously started raining during the day. Unfortunately, my excess of umbrellas was of no help to me Friday, because I wasn't in my dorm room last night. Instead, I was at my fraternity.
In the interest of full disclosure, I should point out (for the parents' sake, if nothing else) that all MIT students live in dormitories for their entire freshman year, regardless of whether they join any particular fraternity, sorority, or other independent living group. And in spite of being part of MIT's exceptionally vibrant Greek community, I'm as proud to live in Simmons Hall as any other Sim - it's simply that I'm part of another living group in addition to Simmons. And because it's IAP, I decided to take advantage of all the free time (well, more free time than I'm used to, anyway) by spending a few nights over at the fraternity house.
Unfortunately, since it is supposedly the middle of winter, I didn't think to bring one of my umbrellas along with me. Even so, the rain ordinarily wouldn't have been a big deal, since MIT's tunnel system makes getting around campus while staying dry a pretty simple endeavor. Friday, however, was not an ordinary day - and my destination was somewhere even MIT's most distant tunnels couldn't reach.
While I could simply tell you my story in normal, everyday prose, I decided that it'd be far more amusing to do so in song. Accordingly, I've adapted the melody of "Chocolate Rain" by Tay Zonady to form yet another spoof - entitled, fittingly, "Boston Rain." (If you haven't seen or at least heard of "Chocolate Rain" - although you probably have, since according to Wikipedia it's the second most viral video in the world - well, you're missing out. So go watch it!)
Unfortunately, I'm not going to sing it for you. Sorry, but trust me, you're better off this way. So sit back, sing along to yourself, and enjoy. =P
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Some stay dry while others feel the pain
I got so wet I may never go outside again
Makes it hard to get where you want to go
Come listen to my tale of woe
Today was in fact a special day
I was meeting with my lab at MGH
For my UROP is just one part of a collaboration
Between several centers of science innovation
Although MIT is where I do most of my work
Visiting MGH is a cool little perk
I woke up this morning eager to go
Soon had me feeling pretty low
Is hard to handle sans umbrella
I felt like a pretty miserable fella
All I wanted to do was take the T
Who knew Mother Nature had other plans for me
Walking to Copley Station really was a pain
But once inside I got dry again
Copley to Park Street went fairly well
I transfered to the Red Line just swell
Couldn't touch me on the train
Outside MGH, I soon got soaked again
Made finding my building slightly tough
All in all my trip was rather rough
But I survived to tell the tale
Next week I'll be back for more