Rain can’t dampen all fun, events

Posted July 20, 2009, at 9:39 p.m.

What a wet summer we have had. Oh, my. Hopefully, things will get better soon. If not, thoughts today turn to alternative options for those of us stuck indoors who are complaining about the weather.

Here are some options for supplementing your usual activities with something else.

Option Number One: Fishing

Want to know what I hear on the street for the most popular option for outdoor activities, that don’t require a dry place?

Fishing.

Rain or shine, one can fish and be deliriously happy.

I spoke with a guy named Tony last Saturday who was looking forward to his upcoming vacation involving a fishing trip.

“Doesn’t matter,” he said, “We’re going anyway.” Fly fishing. Bait fishing. Trolling. Putting a line in the water, rain or shine, is the ultimate, quintessential no-dry-weather required type of activity that will make Maine weather insignificant.

Option Number Two: Swimming

When my sister Debbie and I were kids, we swam, rain or shine.

Hey, parents. Pack the car and head off to a beach. We’ve got hundreds of them nearby most neighborhoods.

Look skyward to avoid those nasty storms, then enjoy those beautiful ponds and lakes. Take in the picturesque landscapes, hop in the water as if the sun were, in fact, shining, and add the day to a long list of things you’ve done outside with the brood.

You’ll love it.

Option Number Three: Boating

Ever water-skied in the rain?

If you answered “no,” then you’re in for a treat.

My youthful time at Branch Lake in Ellsworth included wet weekends on the lake, water skis strapped to my feet, and being pulled by Dad’s big boat, rain or shine.

Then we cooked marshmallows on a stick over an open fire on the beach.

Huddled with shoulders covered with blankets, we had a grand old time.

Option Number Four: Indoor stuff

OK, OK. So, you don’t like getting wet. Here’s another option.

How about a cribbage tournament only played on rainy days?

Fifteen-two, and that will do is often best-enjoyed beside an open fire — yes, inside — with all members of the family as required participants.

Yes, it’s been a rainy summer. Doll up yours with one or two — even three — of the aforementioned activities, and it’s bound to please even the biggest complainer in your family.

30-Second Time Out

Prognosticators are popping up all over the place to give their predictions on how the Boston Red Sox will fare in the second half of the season.

I’ve already given mine for the AL East for the regular season: 1. Sox, 2. Tampa Bay Rays, and 3. New York Yankees.

I do have one concern, however, regarding the Sox.

I’m worried about all this back and forth between the front office, Jason Bay, and his agent.

The way I figure it is if Bay hasn’t signed a new contract by now, we could be looking at a young, talented outfielder who has found himself very available in the open market come fall.

Take stock in the fact that Bay was a longtime Red Sox fan growing up, but the Yankees may come calling, and he may soon go the route of Johnny Damon.

Can’t imagine that, can you? Me either.

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