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Topic: Raining Cats and Dogs (...and lots of pix!)  (Read 14503 times)
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« on: February 08, 2010 05:12:27 AM »

In Vancouver, we're sensitive about our reputation as a rainy city. In 1998, many Vancouverites became enraged when actor David Duchovny joked, "Vancouver is a very nice place, if you like 400 inches of rainfall a day."

With the Olympic-sized attention arriving here soon, our rainy self-consciousness has resurfaced.

I thought it might be therapeutic to crochet some raindrops. So I made 14 of them, stitched cat & dog heads on each, gave them names, and felt well-adjusted again.

Raining Cats:

Raining Dogs:

To share this rain therapy, I searched for a public space to hang these raindrops. I chose the Davie Village Community Garden because it's the downtown site of a yarn-bombing from sunny last summer:

After some rainstorms, Jessica Glesby's knitted wall has seen sunnier days:

The wooden trellis above the garden, however, remained clear and that was where the Raining Cats and Dogs found their new home last week.

My girlfriend MJ was videotaping while her mom guided my installation of the raindrops. Here's a video of the stringin' up process!

The cat and dog faces are enjoying the sight of human faces looking up at them, for once.

(There are more photos on my Flickr. I'll update my blog post as the Raining Cats & Dogs installation inevitably evaporates.)

As all eyes focus on Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics, I hope these raindrops show that we Vancouverites can be proud of the rain that makes our streets shiny and our lush trees grow.

If we remain a little insecure about our rain, our citizens can try repeating MJ's defiant catchphrase: "Yeah, it rains in Vancouver. So what?"

We're just dancin' and singin' in the rain!


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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2010 05:31:51 AM »

I love raining cats and dogs! Put a smile on my face and makes me want to dance in the rain! Fantastic!
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2010 05:34:26 AM »

As an inhabitant of "sunny" Amsterdam, I can certainly relate to your rainy day sentiments.  Cheesy

But this is a very cute idea indeed! Did some people actually take them home?  Smiley
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2010 05:40:22 AM »

Oh Howie, you are the best!  This put a smile on my face!  Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2010 06:02:27 AM »

Really cool raindrops! 

I saw the yarn-bombing in the community garden last year when I was visiting, nice to see its still standing!

400 inches of rain a day is nothing compared to some days Glasgow!  Cheesy


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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2010 06:11:33 AM »

ah, i love this so so very much Smiley what a nice twist on an everyday saying. And I can't wait till the olympics start! hurrah!

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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2010 06:15:38 AM »

Oh, I wish I was in Vancouver to see the Olympics and your raindrops! Loved the music you chose in your video too.  As always, you have brought a smile to my face with your creations.  Thanks Howie, thanks MJ!

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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2010 06:16:22 AM »

I would love to visit your beautiful city, rain or shine!

Especially if there are people like you with such a positive attitude!

Your raindrops, raining cats and dogs, are adorable and cheerful!  How wonderful that you would share them with visitors and your fellow city dwellers!

I love your post--it made me very happy to start off my Monday in the snow!!  Grin

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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2010 06:40:44 AM »

As a figure skating fan I wish I was in Vancouver !! Cheesy Cheesy you are so lucky !!  Tongue Tongue

Thank you for sharing your work all of them are so cute as always !

I love Jess Nancy Pixel and Sammi !!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2010 07:03:57 AM »

I adore the idea, what a nice way to cheer up the passing community! "THIS ROCKS"
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