Friday, March 28, 2008


I like umbrellas used for sun instead of rain.

I still see it around town from time to time (though not, if memory serves, as often as I used to), an old lady shuffling down the sidewalk on a hot day with her own little patch of shade.*

* I saw it often, as a young boy, in Kenya, where the perpendicular equatorial rays are even harsher than our own subtropical luminescence.


  1. Anonymous3:17 PM

    The Aussies use their "brollies" a lot for this, also!

  2. Anonymous12:37 AM

    The French call such umbrellas "parasols". Para = against, sol = sun. Some have ruffles.

  3. Anonymous7:53 PM

    I think 'umbre' means 'shade'

  4. That looks a lot more pleasant than sunscreen. I might adopt it as my summer fashion. What color umbrella should I buy?

  5. I wear hats, I carry umbrellas. I'm always desperate to stay out of the sun during the summer. I just find it so uncomfortable!