Don Fried — Playwright & Author

Rainmaker for Hire

Posted on: February 1, 2016

Joe BtfsplkI bring rain, and I always have.

I’m like Joe Btfsplk, the jinx in the old comic strip “Lil Abner,” who walked around with the rain cloud perpetually over his head.

The year I lived in Germany in the 1970s had 350 days of measurable precipitation. When I moved to San Francisco, Northern California was in the depths of a 5 year drought. It started raining a few days later, and did so for the next 9 months. When I walked end-to-end across Britain in the 2000s, it was the 2nd wettest July in the island’s history. (And that’s no mean feat!)

You’d think I’d learn, but 3 years after the end-to-end walk, I trekked for 2 months through the Alps. It was the wettest summer in the region’s history. (The hotel owners in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, offered to take up a collection and give me the money if I’d agree to leave.)

The day before yesterday, I flew into Southern California, where I’ll be staying for 2 months on theater and film business. Have you seen the reports of the torrential rains that hit the area yesterday?

My mother, on other hand, brings sunshine and always has. But that’s another story.

We’re available for hire to help with your rain-making and rain-stopping meteorological needs. Separately is strongly recommended. Otherwise, the two weather phenomena compete, and you’re liable to end up with a tornado in your living room.

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