Being confronted with the monotonous rut can exist in many different forms. In California, it's with a phrase 'we needed the rain.' It's a phrase most individuals use to provoke a conversations, which they will leave hanging in the atmosphere in hopes that you will figure out what they are inferring to because in truth, they don't know either. It's one of those comments where people who are lazy to come up with anything of substance use as a place holder. Other examples of such comments would be, "I'm tired," or "Nice weather we're having." Phrases that lack substance and drive a conversation no where. Don't get me wrong though, we needed the rain.