But here in our humble state it normally doesn't take more than a quick dash from house or store or church to the car or wherever I need to be going when it is raining. Since I have been walking to work, however, I have had to use the umbrella exactly twice so far. I have carried it with me several times, but have not needed it to protect me from the "misting and spitting" bits of rain or just plain cloudiness that I encountered on these other occasions.
According to wikipedia, umbrellas probably originated in ancient China more than 2400 years ago. So thank you to the wonderful and intelligent soul who designed this lovely and useful instrument. Now I just wish I could figure out how to keep my feet dry without wearing galoshes!