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Journal: Making Rain

Note: This Journal entry was written on September 9, 2001, as I walked on the Old Tokaido. Take a look at that day's Logbook for more.


In today's Logbook I wrote that, while lost, "I thought, 'Well, at least it isn't raining.' This was like the cue to the stagehands to dump a bucket of water on my head as WHAM! the sky opened up and hit me."

Later, talking with Tom, I said that the majesty of it all never failed to astonish me. I mean, think about it: what if human beings had to create a rainstorm? How much would it cost to spread that much water over that much area for that much time? We're in the midst of a string of typhoons here. How much would it cost to reproduce that?

I once had a similar thought--only on a more human scale--at the Hollywood Bowl. I was looking at the orchestra and wondering how many human-hours of practice it took to get this concert ready. Then I started thinking about the years of practice required, and the sacrifices made. Soon I turned to the audience, wondering how many hours of effort went into driving here, arranging for baby sitters, packing or buying picnic lunches, etc., etc., etc.

The amount of effort put into one evening's concert dwarfs my little walk. And yet the typhoon comes with no effort at all.

Posted September 24, 2019

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