PERHAPS you were there.
The rain had been biblical, not unusual for this time of the year, but the drains could not cope and the roads into town were flooded. As the cars inched along and motorists prepared to cross a large, deep puddle now being mentally dubbed "The River of Doom", the news on the radio was of Jurassic industrial relations at Grangemouth, more energy price hikes and heavier rain on the way.
It was grim, but at least it wasn't Harlow in Essex.
Harlow, Islington, Wolverhampton and Corby were among the places revealed in an Office for National Statistics study this week as the least happy places to live in the UK.
Among the chirpiest postcodes were those in the Orkney Islands and the Outer Hebrides.
This is the first time the ONS, using data from the annual population survey, has been able to compare statistics on wellbeing across regions, countries and local areas.
A giant magnifying glass has been placed above the UK, a happiness calculator has been deployed, and once again areas in Scotland figure in the top tier of places to live.
Should we prepare ourselves for a fresh invasion of refugees from the far south seeking the good life, or laugh bitterly at this vision of Scotland as Brigadoon with body warmers?
It is a question worth asking given the decision that awaits next September. After all, if we are not broken, and according to the ONS survey large parts of rural Scotland are not, then what are we trying to fix?
More seriously, and it may just be the memory of flooded roads returning, I wonder how many of us get that sinking feeling when yet another survey appears to present Scotland as the home of the carefree and the land of the brave outlook. Once again, we have Scotland being pitched as a rural idyll, a place to escape from city stresses.
It is always an attractive picture. We make a lot of tourism money from it, we believe in it wholeheartedly ourselves, and at times of stress we take comfort in it.
Ultimately, however, one wonders if seeing ourselves as others see us does Scotland, and rural Scotland in particular, many favours.
Since Prime Minister David Cameron has put happiness on a par with GDP as an indicator of wellbeing a small industry has grown up to tell us how content, or otherwise, we are now.
Pollsters used to ask simple questions such as which party voters would back at the next election. Now they wonder how people "feel" about party leaders.
Business spends millions trying to persuade consumers not just to buy products but to love brands. Happiness is a new anything from Mac. From airports to bus stations, from cafes to libraries, from high street shop to internet site, the customer is forever being asked how satisfied they are.
The ONS study is but a customer satisfaction survey writ large, with the product being tested life in the UK today. Researchers asked four questions: how satisfied are you with your life nowadays; to what extent do you feel the things you do in life are worthwhile; how happy did you feel yesterday; and how anxious did you feel yesterday.
It sounds like so much touchy-feely guff, but such personal questions can often throw up more revealing answers than traditional ones about home ownership and income.
The picture turns out to be much as expected.
On the whole, the UK is a marginally happier, less anxious place than it was a year ago, largely due to the Olympics effect and, far more importantly, falling unemployment. In Scotland, 31.2% of people said they were very happy, compared to 30.7% in England. Northern Ireland was the happiest, at 36.2%.
When it came to low levels of anxiety, Scotland was positively Californian in its outlook, with 40.2% of people scoring 0-1 (on a scale of one to 10) for anxiety. London, unsurprisingly, was at the other end of the scale.
Imagine, if you will, reading such stats while standing on a crowded platform in a commuter town in the south east of England. There you are, about to board a train that will find you nose to armpit with a stranger for half an hour.
How comforting to dream of a happier, less stressful life in the Borders or Argyll.
How exciting to wonder what price the semi-detached in Surbiton will fetch and what all that cash would buy in Scotland. Take the children out of private school, head north, everyone's happy. It need not even be the whole family that makes the move.
Today, there is another option: the main breadwinner keeps their job in the south, buys a family home in Scotland, and commutes.
There are lots of different ways to do it, but the effects here are the same: house prices rise locally, and local buyers are increasingly priced out.
There is also the impact on air and rail fares. It is sometimes cheaper to fly away on holiday with the family for a week than it is to travel from Glasgow to London on a Monday morning.
When people do move north their idea of being in the wilderness tends to stretch to living in a small town within commuting distance from a city.
Genuinely rural areas, meanwhile, continue to suffer from the same problems they always have, from poor public transport and higher unemployment to social isolation and greater fuel costs. And don't get us started on internet connection speeds.
None of this is highlighted in surveys about the joys of Scotland. None of this makes the news.
But it is day-to-day life for many people, and it stands little chance of changing the more we buy into the notion of the whole of Scotland as a dear green place the rest of Britain should move to.
The ONS believes the relationship between personal wellbeing and local circumstances is "complex", and that the reasons why different areas of the UK have different levels of personal wellbeing is not yet fully understood.
In a bid to make the picture clearer, it will publish a further analysis later this year.
Perhaps we could save the ONS number crunchers some time.
Take a closer look at the ONS figures and one sees Scotland as it is: less a picture postcard idyll and more a socially and economically complex country of haves and have nots, of both urban and rural wealth and deprivation.
In this Scotland, happiness is determined by what it has always been governed by - having a decent education, a job, a home, family and friends, and a sense of optimism about the future.
All of those are required for Scotland to thrive, and for the country as a whole to become a place of opportunity for all.
This of all weeks is not one in which to be romantic about what makes Scotland happy.
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