Never (?) Rains in Southern California?

 

Seems it never rains in southern California
Seems I’ve often heard that kind of talk before
It never rains in California, but girl, don’t they warn ya?
It pours, man, it pours

Forty years ago, a British team of Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood penned this song, and about every ten years or so, I get the opportunity to recall that is does, in fact, rain.  Hard.  In 2017, the winter rain in California is brutal.   In the course of a few weeks the total rainfall and snow-pack in the Sierra Nevada range has broken records, caused the opening of spillways and muted the electronic signs blaring drought warnings.

I started writing this post about an amusing – retrospectively- wet romp this morning as one of our dogs bolted out the door in the early hours.We have been fortunate to have a dry place to call home, warmth and easily-filled food bowls.  Sadly,  I am only now wondering about the many homeless all over California with pets who have been stressed by flooded creek beds, culverts, storm channels flooding, and general mess.   To their credit, the city and charitable organizations are helping with shelter and hot meals.  Sadly, many men and women are not accepting aid as these organizations have no room for their possessions nor pets.

I’m out of work, I’m out of my head
Out of self respect, I’m out of bread
I’m underloved, I’m underfed, I want to go home

There are so many issues for people to clamor for attention.  Homeless veterans, the mentally ill, animal cruelty, child abuse, trafficking, addiction, gang violence.  But problems that take individual responsibility are not easily overcome.  Signs, protest marches, smashing storefronts, yelling about ‘rights’ are just shenanigans.  My friend Chris Chacon, an average guy,  has spent many years giving the homeless men and women he encounters a meal, clothing, kindness, a reading of Scripture.  Churches provide clothing and sanitary kits to folks throughout the year.  As for the pets that provide comfort to those living on the fringes,  perhaps the dogs with a comfortable home have the right idea.

Dexter’s attitude about home is one of the characteristics we love about him.  His predecessors,  were not house-centric.  The lessons we learned from them, put daily exercise into the regimen of the household.  He has a a good life because we made a plan and execute it well.  Can we work with the charitable organizations, the animal shelters and self-storage facilities to find an equitable solution?  Perhaps there are benefactors that would see that,  periodically it POURS in Southern California.  Let it pour compassion.  That’s a slogan even the marchers can get behind.
It never rains in California, but girl, don’t they warn ya?
It pours, man, it pours

Father Joes Village

San Diego Homeless Services

List of San Diego animal shelters

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