#768 Sneaking under someone else’s umbrella

Squeeze in and squeeze outOkay, who’s the smart one who brought an umbrella? Because I know it’s not me.

No, when the sky cracks up and the rain smacks down, I’m the one wearing heavy jeans and a thick, spongy sweater that soaks up everything and turns me into swampy slab of peat bog. Yes, I’m drenched, I’m dripping, I’m ice-chilled to the bone.

But that’s what makes it so great when it starts coming down and out pops a giant umbrella from a friend who offers to gimme shelter for a few minutes. Yes, if your special someone is packing some giant nylon heat, then I think it’s fair to say you’re smiling high, your clothes are dry, and you’re rocking the streets under a tiny little patch of


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34 responses to “#768 Sneaking under someone else’s umbrella

  1. Freddo

    This can get tricky for me and the mrs… Due to a pretty large height disparity, umbrella sharing leads to some tricky situations. Usually I carry the umbrella, but that leaves its protective shell a good several feet above her head, leaving her almost as unprotected as if you tried to shelter an ant in a hurricane using just a nickel from 6 feet.

    If we let her carry the umbrella? I get a fistful of hair caught in the wire spokey-dokes of the umbrella trap. Ouch.

    This ended up being such a problem in rainy NYC, that we had to move to sunny SD to avoid dealing with umbrellas all together. AWESOME.

  2. Kate

    I wish someone I was with this evening (myself included) had remembered to bring an umbrella, as the season of the regular afternoon thunderstorms is in full force already.

    What is awesome though: when the person holding the umbrella is an expert umbrella holder–he/she understands that a little above both of your heads is the perfect height so it won’t drip all over your backs, and he/she does not complain when his/her arms get tired.


  3. Claire

    It’s even better when it’s a stranger at the bus stop or something. When you’re standing there miserable and soggy, and the person next to you looks over and proffers their little shelter to you out of the kindness of their heart, it is definitely


  4. Nick

    So freaky, I was walking to work yesterday and it was raining and I snuck under someone’s umbrella as they were walking along – and I thought “hey this would be the perfect thing to put on 1000awesomethings” but then I thought “oh, but how often does this happen? nobody would be able to relate to it…” and then today I see this!


  5. j.

    umbrellas are for the weak. get a raincoat.

  6. This was a really great read, I am very glad I came across your site.

  7. someotherkate

    Or, you know, you could always go for one of these.


  8. lenlenny

    I’ve got one for you. The very first time you fart infront of your new boyfriend/girlfriend. That’s an awesome feeling!!!!!

    • camiwa

      lol. Amazingly, my very polite mother asked me this as a “relationship test.” I’d been dating the guy for a few years, and she wanted to know if we “passed gas” in front of each other. I told her yes, and she seemed satisfied that our relationship was “real.” I think, for her, it carried more weight than when I told her he said “i love you.”

  9. This is good when people have those bigger umbrellas.

  10. I would have to totally agree with you.

  11. The biggest fight my husband and I ever got into was over sharing an umbrella. It was awful. I may share a bed with that man, but I’ll never share another umbrella with him again.


    • Bill

      That’s interesting…I’ve had a similar problem with my wife and her selfish refusal to share her umbrella with me. Are you able to share details of the fight or is it too personal/embarassing?

  12. this blog is so cute! congratulations….
    i’m from brazil and i’m in love with this blog…
    anyways, in brazil we like to sneak under someone else’s sunshade at the beach when we’re running ’cause the sand is too hot

  13. I came from The Star article. Good job, they even included your hyperlink!

  14. Oh, and on topic, I’ve saved strangers from the rain before. It’s uncommon to carry an umbrella in Saskatchewan, but I once had 8 people under mine at a bus stop without a shelter, in a downpour.

  15. bigtunelover

    Similar to Freddo above, my body type causes all kinds of issues when this happens. I know what your thinking – thats too bad. But it’s all good! As opposed to tall I am a little more robust shall we say and as a result when I am offered an umbrella it is usually a lovely lady that has to LEAN into it to keep us both covered. Since I only hang out with lovely ladies it truly is AWESOME!

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  17. Zoe

    I am always the person that remembers to bring an umbrella! And people always scoot on under it. It’s ok though, people are always so happy when they realise I have an umbrella and there is room for them.

  18. Gina

    Did this today! Thank God for my smart friends!

  19. MartinT

    I was once under my umbrella in the rain, feeling a bit harassed by the weather, walking fast as Londoners do. A man who was slightly drunk came up to me and ducked under my umbrella. I felt instant outrage, ‘How Dare he!’ … but he turned out to be friendly. In fact, while chatting with him my mood switched rapidly; by the time he went of to a pub my mood was relaxed and happy. The rain was no longer my enemy.

  20. LiteratiTempo

    I have the height problem with my BF too. When I’m feeling mean I manhandle the umbrella away from him and just hope he doesn’t hit his head too hard.

  21. The Alligatorman

    Does it count if you literally sneak up behind someone and stay under their umbrella from behind without them knowing?

  22. I don’t mind sharing an umbrella with a nice lady.

  23. wendywithaurora


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  26. Drea

    the best is when someone walking down the street just happens to have an oversize umbrella, and you can walk behind them under it without them even knowing, HA!

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  28. cole.

    I love boobies.

  29. Nikki

    This is really stupid i do this to people all the time… No offense

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