Friday, March 30, 2012

Moments in the rain


By CHRIS MILLSPAUGH
Express Staff Writer

Are you tired of the rain, yet? I am. However, it's the one opportunity I have each year to wear a London Fog raincoat. I bet many of you have one tucked away in the back of the closet or up in the attic. Well, knock off those mothballs, shake out the cobwebs and bring it out again. It's time to look cool. Oh, and if you have a battered Fedora hat, get that out as well.

These tan beauties of an older era with the loop belts and fur linings were made popular in the 1940s, '50s and '60s by the film noir fashion of Hollywood's private eyes and international spies. A valuable asset of the London Fog is the abundance of pockets to store important items while covering up excess poundage gained over the winter season. Get out the Fogs—it's time.

Conservatively speaking, we probably won't have a dry day until July 4, so instead of dreading the weather, let's make it work for us. It's time to lurk in the shadows, take cabs and tail sedans. Now is the time to talk out of the side of your mouth, smoke in alleys and hand out advice to no one in particular. It's your moment to drink strong, black coffee and hide your face in a newspaper in dimly lit cafes.

Finally, we can sit with friends and reflect on the past, eye glamorous women and secretly discuss tales of conspiracy while casting an eye above to a cloud-covered sun. Maybe we'll never see the sun again. So what?

These are our moments in the rain.

Nice talking to you.




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