Wednesday, February 6, 2008

In retrospect: Freakin' Awesome

No, I did not take this picture. But it's exactly what it looked like at my house last night.


At the time, it was a bit scary.

I love thunder and lightning. There was plenty of that. In fact, you couldn't tell where one display ended and the next began.

I love heavy wind and rain. There was plenty of that.

Not so big on the death and destruction. Though there was plenty of that, too.

My sister called me from where she lives in the middle of Tornado Alley to make sure I was OK. The irony did not escape me.

I wish I could describe it to you. It was fantastic. I stood in my bathroom looking out the open window for hours. (The wind was blowing from the other side of the house, so I could see and hear everything but not get wet. Much.) I was like a little kid on their first trip to FAO Schwartz. My jaw hurts from grinning so big for 2 1/2 hours.

What a geek.

10 comments:

MonkeySister said...

What? No putting on a raincoat and sitting out on your porch? You're wimping out on me here... :)

I didn't want to call and bug you, I figured if something bad happened, I'd hear from Mom. I'm glad you and Tornado Alley sis are doing good.

Hugs and wind-blown kisses...

MedStudentGod (MSG) said...

I was in my apartment's gym when the lightening displays began. It was very motivating - better than that crap about Clinton and Obama's racial turf war!

Nurse Betty said...

I LOVE lightning storms. I watch them for hours, too!

Babs said...

I was that way when Hurricane Frances, by then a tropical storm, came through our little town one night. I stood out on the ER dock (we were on diversion, not that anybody could pass through the roads anyhow; on generator power, no x-ray, no fax, no copiers, bathroom trips required a flashlight) - there is something about the air in a massive storm.

DrShroom said...

I too love the thunder and lightening; I think it taps into the basest / prime / primeval instincts of the primates we once were. I usually have to fight the urge to run around in the rain etc. Get amongst it.

Awesome

X-Ray Geek said...

I am so jealous! We just got more snow and ice!! Nothing too exciting there. Especially when we've had more snowy days than clear days since the new year...

GuitarGirlRN said...

I used to love thunder and lightning storms. And then I got a very large dog who is upset by thunder. Now as soon as there is a hint of thunder or lightning, I have 80 pounds of panting, drooling dog trying as hard as he can to sit on my head or climb up my butt.

Library-Gryffon said...

I still love going out just before a thunder storm - there is indeed something about the air just before all heck breaks lose.

Flying over one of those babies is pretty impressive too. Looking out and seeing the clouds light up like something from a sci-fi show nebula is both wondrous and worrisome.

John McElveen said...

I used to LOVE Thunderstorms in the South. Then we were hit with a Tornado and had another couple of close calls. I must admit. As much as I LOVE the power and the feel of them.....I'm a little gunshy and I guess for the first time in my life I can admit "A little "Afraid", now, of some of them.

Will you still respect me in the morning now that you know I'm a weenie? VBG!

John

Tom McNamee said...

It is rare I can recommend my hometown in the summer, but if you like this sort of thing, we have a similar display just about every night, beginning around July 7 and lasting for about 6 weeks. The monsoons in Tucson. We love 'em. And they perform their Darwinian purpose for golfers too brave to come inside and drivers who don't quite get the 'flash' part in 'flash flood'.
Love your blog!