Gloomy Gloria

In Chapter 2 of Landscapes, Ballad of a Franciscan Troubadour, Larry Gosselin writes lovingly about his boyhood home in Sumner, Washington. But he does mention its location in the Seattle/Tacoma beltway that he claims is ranked number one gloomiest large metropolitan area in the United States. He provides no citation so I was forced to do my own research. According to Joe Roberts on the site (12/7/2020), Anchorage, Portland, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland are all gloomier than Seattle based on annual cloud cover. Other lists may include factors like culture and precipitation but I am in a bit of a funk and too lazy to search further when I can make up funnier stuff. Besides, “data” is often contaminated with subjectivity. For example, Green Bay, Tampa Bay, Nashville, and Phoenix have been the gloomiest cities this week as their football teams were just bounced from the NFL playoffs. But the list says Phoenix is the least gloomy big city. Results vary by individual. Some people care not one bit about football. They may be gloomy because Bachelor Clayton took back Cassidy’s rose. I think the gloomiest place is my garage where our only bicycle is broken, my collection of tiles blown off my roof is growing, and all three hand saws are rusted beyond usefulness. I am definitely not buying another rusted one no matter how cheap the price. Even the mice are too lethargic to migrate from the garage to the house. I named the big one Gloomy Glen because I am alliteratively more creative than the Happy Houligan comic strip creator who introduced Gloomy Gus in 1900. The popularity of the name Gus then shifted from humans to fictional characters and animals.


32 thoughts on “Gloomy Gloria

  1. I think it sad that clouds are associated to gloom.
    Do you not realize once the earth was covered with a complete canopy so that no rain fell, but a mist would come up and water the ground? NO direct sunlight. And that during that time, people who died under 800 years old were considered youthful tragedies?
    A quick survey of ages at which people had children and died in Genesis 5 will show how long these ancestors lived. But after the flood and the first rainbow (because direct sunlight was hitting the earth for the first time), you can see in Genesis 11 how quickly the longevity of human life on earth shrunk! Suddenly anyone who lived over 100 was considered OLD!
    Clouds are good for us! Associate the gloom with how short our lives are. . . unless you have a bicycle and rusted saws in your garage that make any day gloomy.
    Hmm, wonder if mice lived longer pre-Deluge? 🧐

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  2. Only been to Seattle once, 06. I can’t say it was gloomy since the rain wouldn’t let me see a damn thing. The only thing that dimly lit up was the poor waitresses face when we stepped, dripping, into the mahogany confines of an all but empty Tom Hortons.

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  3. This is the right time of year to ponder on the gloomiest places. January and February can make any place in the northern hemisphere ( well England to be specific ) gloomy and places I have lived such as Dullsburb and Drearyton should carry a health warning not to visit until spring.

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    1. I used to think the three gloomiest winters in the Puget Sound area were 1962-63 (when we moved here), 1972-73 (when I returned from 3 years away at school), and 1997-98 (when we returned from a six year job assignment). Then I realized they are all gloomy and I just acclimate or reacclimate.

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  4. in Pennsylvania, we have Gus the Groundhog who has the tagline the second most famous groundhog in Pennsyslvania. Gus is the spokesmam for the PA lottery – so he is on a lot of TV commercials…

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  5. What a perfect post to read on a Monday morning. Gloom – I wonder who picked out that word to describe the concept. Something called gloom should be funnier than it is.

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