We have had several incidents that resulted in serious injuries and even some fatalities here in Florida recently. And while I’m sorry for the victims, I can’t help but wonder what the heck they were thinking.
Yesterday a man was struck by lightning and killed while fishing from his pontoon boat. Two weeks ago three surfers were injured in New Smyrna Beach when they were struck by lightning while at the beach. Just the other day the news had another story of someone who was hit by lightning while working on the roof of a house. In each one of these cases, I wonder why the heck they didn’t just stay inside!
Florida is known as the lightning capital of the United States. You have got a better chance of being struck by lightning here than any place else in the country. And you really increase those odds when you do dumb things like stand around in wet sand in the middle of a lightning storm, or crawl on a boat with massive metal pontoons holding it up in the water, or get up on a roof. The local weather people say that you don’t have to be in the middle of a storm to get hit by lightning. You can be as much as 15 miles away and still be a target.
And it’s not just here. On several occasions during our fulltime RV life we saw people washing the roofs of their RVs during storms. Now think about it, you’re standing on top of a metal box, making you the highest thing around, in the middle of a storm. What could possibly go wrong? Somebody told me once that he was safe because the RV had rubber tires, which insulates it. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I’m damn sure not going to crawl up on the roof of one during a thunderstorm to find out! When the weather is bad, I take my own advice and stay inside!
Speaking of weather, there are two things you can count on this time of year in Florida; it’s going to be hot and sticky, and you’re going to get a thunderstorm every afternoon. So, taking my own advice as I mentioned above, I have been spending a lot of time at the computer. I was hoping to get another 5,000 words in yesterday, but Steve the computer, being Steve, decided it would be a good day to mess with me. So he did, losing video and data several times, slowing down to the speed of sludge, along with all of the same nonsense he’s been doing for a while.
Finally, late in the afternoon, he seemed to tire of it and began working correctly again, and I managed to end the day with just under 3,000 words. As soon as Steve’s replacement is here, he’s in for a rude surprise. I can’t decide if I should shoot him, gut him out and throw what’s left in the trash, or put him up on the roof and wait for the next lightning storm.
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Thought For The Day – Life doesn’t just hand me lemons. Sometimes it puts lemons in a sock and beats me with them, prison style.