Living in Florida, rain can happen at any time. A perfectly sunny afternoon can turn into a wet, muddy, hell within minutes. Sneaky thunderstorms explode over Tallahassee with little to no warning and innocent class goers are constantly being caught off guard. One thing they always tell incoming freshman is "ALWAYS CARRY AN UMBRELLA!" And its true. I always have one. I have one of those little ones that folds up into a convenient little sausage to keep in my back pack just in case. But when I leave the house in the morning knowing I'm in for a torrential downpour, I bring my BIG ASS pink umbrella. Its one of those umbrellas that could keep a small African tribe dry in a monsoon. Not the most convenient thing, but its much more useful than my little umbrella for one good reason: it actually keeps me dry.
So today we had a LOT of rain. An entire street was shut down by police on campus because of flooding and the front yard of my sorority house was nearly completely drowned. See picture.
I always see petite sorority girls battling with their umbrellas. Everyone has had an umbrella turn inside out at some point and if that's not the most frustrating thing on the planet I don't know what is. Whenever it happens, first you get embarrassed. You're like..."oh shit I hope nobody saw that." But then you're like, "oh well it happens to everyone." and move on from embarrassment to anger because now you are soaking wet with a broken umbrella and a mile left to walk.
So my suggestion is that the umbrella makers start using REINFORCED steel in umbrellas to avoid the frequent flipping of these contraptions. I also suggest that they come up with a way to make them just as small and easy to store, but somehow when they are opened have the wingspan of a pterodactyl.