Rain is an inevitability in the Greater Vancouver area. However, you can usually tell if a person is a tourist because you see them strolling in downtown Vancouver resplendent in rain gear. It isn't actually raining, but these people have on hooded water-repellent jackets, boots, gloves, and are carrying their umbrellas open. They don't seem to realise that the umbrella won't keep them dry because they're basically walking in a cloud of mist.
Locals walk briskly and keep under the stores' awnings and do a quick jog across the streets, even women in stiletto heels. They aren't even carrying an umbrella! And as a suburbanite, I seldom need to use an umbrella. I go to my car (where my umbrella is usually stored) and drive to wherever I'm going. I jog into the store or the doctor's office, do what needs doing, and walk quickly back to the car. I don't particularly like going for my exercise walks in the rain so I wait until I see the sky lightening up (I get a great view of the weather from my upstairs office window) and when the rain lets up, out I go. I can usually do 30 - 45 minutes of brisk walking before the rain starts up again.
However, if and when it does actually rain hard enough to open your umbrella, there are a few rules of etiquette that one should follow.
1. Stay away from the awnings. You already have something to keep you dry.
2. When passing other carriers, the taller person lifts, the shorter one scrunches down.
3. Before boarding the bus, shake your umbrella off. Never put your wet umbrella on a seat.
4. Always carry your closed umbrella in a vertical position. No one likes an umbrella tip in the butt or any other part of the body.
5. Make sure the metal tips of your open umbrella don't poke anyone, especially in the eyes.
6. If you're in Vancouver, be prepared to get wet.
Do any of you have a pet peeve relating to the use of umbrellas? Feel free to share.