The Greatest Show On Earth
No no no, kidz, it's not the circus. Of course it's not the circus. I hate the circus. (Add it to the list.)
The show I'm talking about is the one I just viewed through the skylights in the other bedroom. (One of this apartment's most wonderful features is its skylights -- two in the living room, two in the larger bedroom, and one in this office/bedroom -- perfect for those of us who revel in stormy weather.) Torrents of rain, zigs of lightning, raucous angry thunder, zags of lightning. Ahhh, the weather I prefer over any other. The stuff that ruins parades. The kind that forced gym class to remain indoors instead of outdoors to suffer the torture of softball and sunshine. The sort that makes me feel alive, and comforts me.
And now ... a curtain call.
This I don't hate.
fresh-baked at 09:16 PM
Do you really dance naked in the rain, DM? I love the idea.
Know what else I love? SUNSHOWERS!
On the 5 or 6 days that it actually rains in Phoenix each year, I cancel all of my plans and enact my rainy day ritual, which consists of gazing into the rain after dancing naked in it (to my neighbor's disgust). Our monsoons, the only storms with lightening, are very short, but sometimes, if I'm very lucky, I'll get lightening without rain, a very cool thing.
I wanted to go up on the roof and open my fabulous new umbrella and sing and splash around, but I think the metal parts of the umbrella would sort of attract the lightning or something. (What the hell is the technical term for that? Something like "grounding"? Or the umbrella isn't "grounded"? Huh?)
When the storm started, my boyfriend and I jumped into the bed (well, OK, I jumped and he kind of just crawled) and admired the "special effects". And then he started to turn on the TV! I think my yells (something along the sweet and delicate lines of, "What are you DOING!? You have this AMAZING performance going on here, and you're turning on the fucking TV???") were louder than the thunder.
We got to sit in the Lowe's parking lot watching the greatest show. It was amazing because you could see the line between storm and clearing. The lightning was out of control!
The Greatest Show sure does get around. It was *here* last night! :) Must have blown your way. I loved it too.