Monday, October 18, 2004, at 08:32AM

By Eric Richardson

I've been warily eying this rain, dreading when I have to make the run to my car. Not only is it rain, it's cold rain, and I'm ill-prepared for it (in short sleeves and sandals). I just found out, though, that there's an extra umbrella stashed in a cabinet in my office. I got the go-ahead to abscond with it today and bring it back Wednesday. My afternoon just got less chilly.