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Watching the storm

Well spring finally appears to be here. I don’t know how it has been for the rest of you, but in Ohio winter has not wanted to quit. We got snow three weeks ago, and not light fluffy snow, but the heavy stuff that becomes muck to drive in.

But tonight I am enjoying one of the simple pleasures. I am sitting in my office with the lights low and the windows open, listening and watching the storm go by.

Personally, I love a good thunderstorm, and when this post is finished I may adjourn to my screened-in porch for a better view. One of my best memories of a storm was back when I was a teenager up in Cedar Campus, a 500 acre camp in the middle of the north woods of the upper peninsula of Michigan. We’d spent the day in Cedarville watching the 4th of July parade, complete with vintage cars and pretty decent fireworks for a town in the middle of nowhere.

But they did not even compare to the experience of “God’s fireworks” that night. Cedar Campus is not rustic by any means, but being in a cabin in the middle of the woods when there’s a good storm is an experience like no other.

(Sorry went AFK for a few seconds there, thought I heard a tornado siren).

We’ve had a number of good storms since my wife and I got married. A few months before we got married we were doing some last minute planning, and a windstorm with gusts of up to 60 mph knocked out our power, and put a tree through the windshield of the little red haired girl’s car (like a lance). The effects were fairly widespread, with power lines down throughout the city, meaning unfortunately I would have to spend the evening sitting my candlelight with my bride to be.

What a shame.

I used to work for the library just down the street from me, and one of my best memories of working there was when we had a storm sit over our little suburb for an hour and a half. The gutters had clogged and sections of the ceiling were beginning to come down due to the water coming through, meaning we all had to scramble to protect the floor and more importantly the books! (an experience eBook readers may not relate to). We used an array of book shipment bins to create a bucket layer on the floor, and enlisted patrons and everyone on staff to move books to safer parts of the library. By the end of the night we were an island, and I actually carried a few of the staffers out to their cars.

We actually lose power a lot around here, so much so that I actually bummed one of the UPSs (Uninterruptable Power Supplies) from work (thank you warranty returns). Hopefully it won’t need to kick in while I’m writing (since the internet will go down in a power outage anyway). One of my parent’s wedding presents to us was a weather radio\flashlight with a hand crank and it has seen it’s share of use.

But I don’t see storms, or losing power as a pain in the butt. Maybe it isn’t to surprising that a guy who likes fractals is fascinated by lightning, but it’s everything about storms really. The smell right after a good rain, the sound of hail dropping on the roof of our porch (or acorns if it’s a windy storm and the time is right). Sipping a beer and watching the show.

I don’t know what it is but there’s something about a good storm, even a crazy thunderstorm that is … peaceful. Maybe it’s just a good moment to snuggle with someone you love, or maybe it’s an appreciation for things that are bigger than ourselves. I’m not a nature guy most of the time, being in a technical field, so it is nice to have these reminders to pull me out of the safe world I’ve created for myself.

What’s your best storm story?

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Random Thoughts, Or Brief Periods Of Calm During The Storm

It’s been a bit of an interesting weekend, as I’m sure it was for many of you who live in Ohio or any of the other midwest states. A 30% chance of rain turns into near hurricane force winds that rival the windstorm of four years ago. I’m forced to hunker down in a McDonald’s during the worst, part of my tulip tree falls on my house, power is out into Saturday and I consider myself one of the lucky ones (no damage to myself, my loved ones, or the house, so yeah, lucky!)

That all being said, on a weekend where I wasn’t sure if I would have power to write you, I haven’t been especially productive on the non-fiction, programming, or even this thing called living. Holed up watching Alien movies when power is on, playing rummy when it is not, and occasionally bravely venturing for food has been my basic existence.

But it hasn’t been all that bad. In fact storms have had their role in myself and the little red haired girl’s relationship. Our first valentine’s day, snow cancelled OSU, and we spent the day together sipping hot chocolate and playing Risk. During the aforementioned windstorm, I was over for a date the last few months before our wedding and spent the night on the couch after candlelit dinner. If I’m gonna be stuck with anyone, it is ten times better if it is her, even when I’m stressed and have a hard time pulling myself out of a slump.

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that I’m a little technology centric. Even though it’s also my job, I spend a lot of my weekend relaxing with computers, TV, and the like. And while I did still manage to do that this weekend, I also had a lot of time to think about other kinds of fun, reading, talking, playing cards and staying up. I’m too young yet to be a fuddy-duddy, and maybe sometimes I need an outage to remind me of that.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to see if my wife would like to continue our game (I’m this close to beating her).

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