After dark

Like every force of nature, lightning gives and takes away. Its great boon is that it exudes nitrogen, crucial to plants. But its touch is also deadly: lightning scorches whatever it strikes.


I love lightning

and am probably not fearful enough of its awesome power.

My father was fearful though. Once when his daddy was eating beets for supper in their Richmond farmhouse, a bolt of lightning struck their kitchen sink five feet behind him. My father never ate another beet for the rest of his life, even though we lived on a beet and turnip farm.


Jesus Swept, this December

When I lived in Florida....

I lived right on the beach, and there was nothing better than to sit on the porch watching those gigantic thunderclouds roll in off the ocean. You could see the lightning come off sideways, upwards, every which way. Sometimes they would pass over and lightning bolts would touch down on the water or thunder would boom loud enough to rattle the glasses on our tables.

I love the thunder and lightning.

Although once I was driving to Jacksonville and a lightning bolt hit in a field next to me, it looked as large as the VW van I was driving. That day, I was scared.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Not afraid

I'm not really afraid of it, but I do respect it enough to let go of the flag pole or avoid the kayak when the thunderstorm comes. When I was younger I would stand out in the middle of the back yard during torrential rain/thunder storms and just gawk at the sky. Haven't done that in a while.

I was never really afraid of lightning

until I saw a documentary on tv (Discovery, I think) where they showed plasma (or something) rising off of people's heads in an effort to attract lightning.

Now when I'm out in a storm I wave my hands around over my head trying to shoo that stuff away. ;/

Goat eats birth certificate.

I don't have the heart to post this over at the Dome on the Ryan-Goat-Lovechild thread but I was dying to.

Goat eats birth certificate. Paternity undetermined.

That's hysterical.

I have watched that video all day long, and laughed my butt off. I don't know why I think it's funny. There is no rational reason. It just is.

Nikki Tinker Lost


Good day for common sense.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

I have an irrational fear of lightning

Ever since I was on my parents' deck one evening watching a thunderstorm and a deafening bolt split a huge poplar tree top to bottom with big clumps of dirt exploding out of the ground around it. From that point forward I do not leave my house or get out of my car if there's lightning in the sky. Ever. For anything.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

I'm not nearly afraid enough of lightening.

I know in my head how dangerous is it - but I often stand transfixed in the middle of the rain storm watching it. One of my favorite memories was watching a lightening storm at the beach. Lightening actually hit the waves, and it seemed like you could see the electricity spread out on the wave. It was cool. It was all I could do to stay on the porch and not run closer to take a better look.