A kid doesn’t have much use for an umbrella in Arizona. There are seasonal monsoons, but they are welcome and warm. I had a seldom used, clear plastic bubble umbrella. Something that Lady Ga Ga would consider costuming today. Very 70’s mod, but it wasn’t used very often. It stayed in the living room closet with the moving box full of Christmas decorations and a thick lambskin coat my mother rarely had an opportunity to wear.
By college I had a matching rain coat and Papagallo slip ons, but again, seldom used. I met a boy at school in Flagstaff who told me he thought only rich people had umbrellas. He was raised on a gentleman’s cattle ranch in southern Arizona. Cowboys wear hats and dusters, seldom carry an umbrella. That’s a city folk thing.
After college I lived in NYC and the moment the sky threatened, vendors with boxes of cheap black compact umbrellas materialized outside subway stops. These were the umbrellas that were left in bars, on subway trains and quickly blew inside out and were dumped into a corner garbage can.
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