What's with this truism about the Seattle Rain Festival, reputedly held annually from January 1st through December 30th? During nine days in Seattle, the North Cascades and the Olympic peninsula, there was nary a drop of rain or snow to be seen. Nothing but lovely sunshine, and on this particular day, Dec. 10, 2005, the temperature in Seattle hit 51 degrees! Beautiful day. Now we know that all this talk about rain is simply to keep non-Washingtonians from discovering how awesomely beautiful and progressive the entire State is, and wanting to move enmasse.