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“I don’t know why it’s raining! The weather man said it would only be partly cloudy!!”

Every morning United Statesians (yes, United Statesians!) sit in front of their TVs with a freshly brewed organic tall decaf latte and wait for what looks to be an ordinary man (and the last link of the newscast crew) to stand in front of a white wall and point to cartoon clouds and suns. “It looks like today it’s going to be sunny with a high of 84 and a low of 78, but watch out for next week, ‘cause we are going to have a heat wave come through…” Suddenly conversation stops and the room is quietly listening to the prediction of this witch-man. It is as if God himself faxed a weather schedule to the man early on the day and everyone was waiting for the announcement.

Once the prediction is made, people immediately begin to prepare for their day accordingly. Sunny, well, we better wear a T-shirt and flip flops (these are also a staple of the culture, but an entirely different subject.)

Then at about 5 p.m. the sun is replaced with a couple of dark clouds and cold wind moves in from the East. “Oh no! the weather man was wrong!!” Now the day is ruined! How can people live like this!!? What if it actually rained? Do you know how slippery flip flops can get in the rain??

Nonetheless, the next morning United Statesians are back, listening attentively to this liar, following his advice. In fact, they are so convinced God is faxing this schedule that they actually created an entire channel dedicated to repeating these predictions over an over again. Once in a while the weather man is right, I guess every dog has his day.

I strongly believe the Media is at fault for creating this false hero, just like Hollywood is responsible for creating Scientology man (aka Tom Cruise.) Every time the weather man is on, his colleagues talk to him as if he had actual control over the weather: “…and now Hank with the weather, Hank, how about some rain this week to cool off.” The truth is Hank probably couldn’t even set off the in-case-of-fire sprinklers of the building, yet when he is in front of the camera he is the almighty of the sky.

In contrast, Ecuadorians have absolutely no idea about the fax nor do they expect journalists to know about the weather. In fact, journalists have proven they know not of this fax because the few times weather is discussed in the news they simply point a camera to the nearest window and describe the current situation. Some could argue that God is discriminating against third world countries, but I think he is actually making a mockery of the blind faith United Statesians put in the weather man. You will never find an Ecuadorian in a T-shirt and flip flops in the rain (actually, unless you are in the coast, you will never find an Ecuadorian out on the street wearing flip flops, period.) Ecuadorians are like onions: they dress in layers and are always ready for a hail storm and the mighty Andean sun. The key to their wellbeing is the great “chompa” (winter jacket): as long as they have their magical chompas nothing can go wrong. During a sunny day they tie the chompa high on their waist and use it as a pillow to take a nap in the park, and when it rains some wear it over their heads and some actually put it on.


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19 Dec 2007

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