I hate the weather. It's too finicky, too presumptuous, too irrational, too unscientific for my tastes. I studied hard sciences. The way the weather acts, hmmm, beats me!
It doesn't follow the forecasts of Miss Tessie T's Pag-A-Sa-Ah!
It defies even Malacañang by drowning it in flood. Thank God there is LRT and MRT. The Madame by the Pasig waded in the waters and rode those coaches to far away land before the rushing tides got to her.
What is it with this Ondoy anyway? The Pag-A-Sa-Ah was saying, Ladies and Gentlemen, lapis and fountain pen, Signal Number 1.
But this weather was raining cats and dogs, and elephants and whales, Signal Number 1 my ass!!! People were already stranded and cursing God and Government or vice versa, Pag-A-Sa-Ah still kept saying Signal Number 1.
Maybe the damned weather stumped them. Fixed them on 1 and they could no longer think beyond that. And they keep on asking, where is the equipment? where is the equipment? Secretary, where is the equipment? Madame President, where is the equipment?
Where are the replacement parts? Sec, where are the replacement parts? Ma'am, where are the replacement parts? Por Diyos! Por Santo!!! Carajo!!!
Even as a scientist, I would not factor out the social component in the equation. That is what firemen do. They always think in terms of conflagrations. Number of residences or buildings affected and subsequently, the corresponding number of fire stations that are called upon to put out the fire.
Yes, it's a judgement call. But it appears therefore, that only the firemen are able to think clearly in case something like Ondoy, or in the near future, Hurricane Katrina, will befall Metro Manila or entire islands like Visayas and Mindanao?
How stupid is the weather.
It either means that this country does not have any response capability whatsoever or nobody wants to respond to any kind of simple raining where Pag-A-Sa-Ah is singing
THE PAG ASA NDCC CHORUS LINE SONG
I'm singing in the rain (Signal Number 1)
Just singing in the rain (Signal Number 1)
What a glorious feelin'
I'm happy again (Signal Number 1)
I'm laughing at clouds (Signal Number 1)
So dark up above (Signal Number 1)
The sun's in my heart
And I'm ready for love (Signal Number 1)
Let the stormy clouds chase (Signal Number 1)
Everyone from the place (Signal Number 1)
Come on with the rain
I've a smile on my face (Signal Number 1)
I walk down the lane
With a happy refrain
Singin' in the rain (Signal Number 1)
Dancin' in the rain (Signal Number 1)
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
I'm happy again!
I'm singin' and dancin' in the rain! (Signal Number 1)
I'm dancin' and singin' in the rain... (Signal Number 1)
Why am I smiling (Signal Number 1)
And why do I sing? (Signal Number 1)
Why does September (Signal Number 1)
Seem sunny as spring? (Signal Number 1)
Why do I get up
Each morning and start?
Happy and head up
With joy in my heart
Why is each new task
A trifle to do?
Because I am living
A life full of you.
(Signaaaaaaal Nummbeeeerrrrrrr...... 1!)
And so it goes, that I am not happy with the weather.
It's utterly stupid, an idiot, moronic and can't tell where it must go.
In life, it has no direction whatsoever.
I wish I could not say the same of Pag-A-Sa-Ah and that malas na pangalang ahensiya: National Disaster Coordinating Council (Hindi Sisi). Of course.
If we don't have a good forecasting system, no response capability, yet we boast of a so-called public warning system, sh___t! How odd is that?
When a Katrina type holocaust comes, will we then just keep singing the chorus line song or must we not act now and keep our people at peace?