Second Thoughts


It was a terrible storm. After weeks of a dismal cool summer, a few days of 30+ temps had many vacationers in a good mood. Finally it was beach weather.

But I didn't like it. Give me 24C max, any day.

But I digress...

With the soaring temps came the typical associated evening thunderstorms. And overnight it was was a doozy. Lightning, thunder, even two inch hail in some areas of town.

While driving to work the light show continued. Fork and sheet lightning lit up the nasty-looking black clouds as thunder rumbled an ominous warning.

And that's when I realised it probably wasn't one of my most brilliant decisions to wear a huge silver necklace, thick silver bracelet and all these silver rings outside.

I was a tempting target just begging for a bullseye.

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Drowsey Monkey said...

Uhh...yeah, that's not the kind of attention you want to attract, lol.

Fork & sheet lightening? I've never heard that term before.

The Green Stone Woman said...

I know what sheet lightening is, but luckily we don't have that here. You should have taken off all you accessories.Forget about looking good, better to look alive and not so crisp.

jay said...

HAHAHAHA!!! No indeed, although if it's real silver, it might not attract lightning, I don't know.. . doesn't it have to be a magnetic metal? I think so. Nickel would be bad.

Better look it up before you go out like that again, huh? LOL!

Babs-beetle said...

Oh my! I HATE storms and fork lightening in particular. Hiding in a cupboard or under a table is a good idea ha ha ha! Forget about actually going outside in one. I think you should wear a rubber all-in-one next time :D

Daisy said...

I always wondered why umbrellas have that big pointy metal thing on the top. It's like a mini-lightning rod!

The only kind of lightning I like is heat lightning, because it looks pretty and there are no loud noises.

Lady Banana said...

Even so it sounds exciting! We don't get a good (bad) storm very often..

Swubird said...

Maureen:

My gosh are you trying to get fried?

I have some experience with this lightning issue. One cloudy day my Queen and I were standing behind our car. I had just opened the trunk so that we could retrieve something when BAM! a lightning bolt struck the ground right between us. We both yelled out and the hair on my arms was standing on end. We were at a lodge and about a dozen people at the lodge window saw what happened, so we were pretty popular for a while. Believe me, that lightning bolt hitting right at our feet like that made both of us think twice about the meaning of life. Just think, if either one of us had been wearing something metallic (a huge silver necklace?), I might not be sitting here reading your blog today.

Stay safe, and remember . . .

Happy trails.

Ed said...

I'm sure they looked fabulous, though.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Oh I never thought of that. Now I don't like to use the phone or the computer during an electrical storm and The-Guy thinks I'm nutso for that, but I never considered the whole jewelry thing.

Then again there was a story not long about about lightening coming through the light fixtures and hitting a mom who was drying off a cookie pan. Her son dialed 911. So you just never can tell.

Maureen said...

Drowsey: No, not really... sheet lightning is cloud to cloud; fork is cloud to ground. Gad I am such a Geek.

The Green Stone Woman: Ha! You mean "crispy" isn't the new black? Darn.

Jay: I don't want to even THINK about experimenting with metal types and their relative electromagnetic properties... especially if I'm the test dummy.

Babs: Well, wearing an all-rubber suit would garner a few stares, that's for sure! And it would keep me dry.

Daisy: I've often wondered about that! Why not just paint three concentric circles on the umbrella too... making the target even easier for the lightning.

Lady Banana: I do find them strangely fascinating. When inside my home, that is.

Holy Crap Swu!!! That is some story... to be so close would be terrrifying! Glad that you were not hurt. Like I said, I should have stuck to non-metallic accessories that day.

Ed: They did. Oh yeah, they did...

Jill: I saw that story! I am always thinking about that when sitting with my laptop in front of our picture window during a storm. So even a house can't protect you.

Rebecca said...

So it took me a second to realize you were speaking of Celsius temperatures, but once I got it I realized that 30+ is actually HOT :).

Just make sure you wear some rubber soled-shoes to go with all that silver to ground yourself - hehe.

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

Louise said...

I think there might have been wisdom in your realization, and I find it impressive that you even thought of that because the excitement of the storm might have made me forget everything rational.

ReformingGeek said...

YIKES! You be careful with your bling. ;-) We had a lady struck by lightning in a neighboring city on Thursday. She's still in the hospital.

JD at I Do Things said...

I'm glad you made it through without getting burnt to a crisp. On a sidenote: COOL! I wish we had sheet lightning. I don't think I've ever seen it. off to check YouTube . . .

Maureen said...

Rebecca: Thanks for popping by! Yes, in Celcius, 30 is hot ;) And I just may have to invest in some rubber soled shoes; good idea.

Louise: Ha! Yeah, well unfortunately I thought about it AFTER I was walking around in full metal accessories.

Reforming Geek: Yikes, poor woman. When I was young, a girl just a few years older than me was struck too; because she was wearing a gold necklace. She never fully recovered.

JD: Nope, I made it safely indoors; but I DID walk briskly, let me tell you!

Vegas Princess said...

I love how on that map there is barely any other weather occurances except right where you are. :)

Maureen said...

Vegas Princess: Yeah! Lucky me eh??? ;)

JoJo said...

Wow, killer storm but yeah, probably not the best idea to load yourself down with metal objects. Unless you also have a lightning rod attached to you as well. At least rubber soled shoes would act as a ground.

Maureen said...

Ha! Jo-Jo, you are so right... too bad rubber soled shoes squeak!

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