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Umbrellas: Is There a Proper Way to Stay Dry

Updated on April 20, 2019
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Rain: The Beginning

As the rain approaches, the hand on the umbrella grows firmer. Destination area, the car in the parking lot. The umbrella is opened and clicked, the handle is gripped firmly in the hand, and the umbrella canopy is held above the head as you make your way to your car.

Once to the car, a few problems arise:

  • umbrella is wet
  • umbrella is open
  • umbrella needs to be closed
  • you get wet closing umbrella
  • you get wet getting into car
  • you have to put wet umbrella in car
  • umbrella is wet
  • umbrella drips water into car
  • you are still wet

The Umbrella: It's Features, Advantages and Disadvantages

The umbrella is designed to open with a sliding device. On the umbrella that I had, there was a metal button on the rod and a sliding ring that had the bows for the umbrella attached. As you released the ring and pushed it upwards, it would get to the spot where the umbrella was fully erected and would snap into place.

Later, when you needed to close the umbrella, you would press the metal button and the bows would release and the umbrella would fold neatly close to the metal rod.

The concept works wonderful when the umbrella is dry. But, with a wet umbrella, you must back into the open car, and release the open umbrella. Hopefully, it cooperates. However, when the umbrella has been used in a rain storm, the umbrella will shake the water off deliberately as you snap the button. Then, as you pull the ring mechanism towards you, your arm, being inside the umbrella, gets water poured onto it.

So. The thought is: what did I gain by using the umbrella? I'm wet. The umbrella is wet. My car seat is wet. My possessions are wet.

Umbrella's Fold and Store Nicely but Not When Wet

Once home, a person needs to open the umbrella and place it, open, where it can dry off.

Which loosely translates to it dripping onto whatever you choose to place it on while it dries.

Again. What have I gained by using an umbrella?

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    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you, Venkatachari M, for your comment. Ah, yes, wind. I do think I recall a moment from my childhood, where the wind actually turned the umbrella inside out.... My daughter said that the umbrella she used was still damp the next day... smile.

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      It's really a great problem faced by all of us. I do not find any good solution to protect from all those issues mentioned by you.

      I think you left one more problem with it. When there is a storm with heavy winds, the umbrella is simply a waste. It can't protect your clothes, especially the pants, from getting wet in such circumstances.

      So, the umbrella is good only for light showers and while you are walking, but not for getting into your car. And, you need a separate place for hanging it at your destination like the verandah or portico.

      All said this, you can temporarily save your car getting wet inside by placing the umbrella in a large polythene bag.

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