Storm: this one with dramatic results, results that ruined my evening and kept me from posting last night!
It all started late afternoon when I was doing some errands. The sky looked like this:
By the time I got to my next stop, the wind started to blow really hard:
Then it started to rain:
That was the least of the problems in store for me. I went home and dropped off my violin, which had been in the car far too long as it was.
I changed into gym clothes because I obviously wasn’t going to be able to work out outside tonight. I got there late because of the crazy drivers (rain in Phoenix makes them freak out), but I worked out hard. I came out all sweaty, my clothes wet. I didn’t care because I was going to be home soon, right? Not.
When I got near home, I found the street blocked off. I had to go around and around just to try to get in, and since there is only one way into our neighborhood I had to convince the (snotty) cop that I lived in there and wanted to get home. I had to go around to the other side of the entrance because apparently a power line was going to fall on top of me at any moment and electrocute me. I said, “what are the chances it’s going to fall right at that particular second?” I still had to go around.
Meanwhile, I was getting cold and uncomfortable. When I looked up at the top of the power pole, though, I realized it had been struck by lightning!
The whole neighborhood was out watching the spectacle. What else could we do anyway, the power was out.
Eventually, I took a quick shower and sat down to read with the help of a headlamp. It wasn’t the greatest evening for relaxing, and I needed it so badly after the day. Oh well.
We sat there all night with no power. After 11 hours, at 5 o’clock this morning, the electricity finally came back on.
What a night.
(Okay, now I’m late for work! Better go!)