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#84501 - 04/10/03 11:49 AM Now that's a storm
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You're safe with Samuel Barber at the pen.

Thanks for the link, maahey.

#84502 - 04/10/03 12:44 PM Re: pea-souper
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I remember those pea-soupers in London. I loved them - they had a particularly disgusting smell, but you couldn't see your own hand stretched out, and the sounds of the streets were amplified. It was also very strange how the fog swirled around outside, but did not really have much effect indoors. I remember standing by the front door at my granny's house, with it wide open, to try to get the fog to come in and fill all the rooms up, but it didn't. I was just a small girl then, but have clear memories of the smog.
I wanted to say how astonishing I find it that mostly (unless you are up in the mountains) clouds start at such a convenient height above the ground. They contain so much water. They weigh thousands of tons. It is a pretty amazing thing that they don't come crashing down. And if clouds usually 'lived' on the ground, presumably animal life would never have bothered to develop eyes, as we would all have been living in a permanent fog. (This is setting sunny days aside, of course). Nations would not have emerged, as we would have had a completely different view of territory. I am not a religious person, but I do think this is a miraculous whim of whoever or whatever created us. All of life would have been completely different.

#84503 - 04/10/03 01:32 PM Re: pea-souper
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and a very big welcome to you, Griselda!

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#84504 - 04/10/03 07:02 PM Re: pea-souper
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Hi Griselda
and just think, there wouldn't be rainbows!!!

#84505 - 04/11/03 04:16 AM Re: pea-souper
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...and we'd all be fitted with fog horns. Hi Griselda, a nice picture.

#84506 - 04/11/03 05:44 AM Re: Now that's a storm
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I had a very strange (to me anyway) occurrence with rain some years ago. I was standing in the middle of my street, chatting with aneighbor, when I suddenly heard a stampede of feet running down the street towards us. I looked down the street, ready to bolt from the "stampede", and saw instead a wall of rain fast approaching. I could actually see where it was already wet, just a few houses down, and yet we were standing there perfectly dry......for another few seconds, anyway.

Of course I know rain has to start and stop somewhere, so that was not what was strange......it was the speed with which it approached, and the surreal idea that it was a stampede of feet (on a very quiet dead-end street) that was so bizarre.

#84507 - 04/11/03 09:55 AM Re: Now that's a storm
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i remember a storm just like that once when i was a child..

it had gotten over cast, rain was predicted, we were heading home from a local beach, and stuck in traffic..

the road ahead was a hill, and we could see the rain coming like a sheet of water... the car ahead of us was a convertable, and we watched them scramble to get the hood up, (or advance to a near by underpass...) they didn't quite make it, the wall of water advanced fast than they could move! I have never been in storm like that since.

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#84508 - 04/11/03 09:59 AM Re: Now that's a storm
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I may be reaching YART territory here, but I pumped gas at the unleaded pump once, while the regular pump was getting drenched.
Nebraska had some of the best storms...

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#84509 - 04/11/03 03:22 PM "Best storms" and other masochistica
sjm Offline
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Posts: 742
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>Nebraska had some of the best storms...

Which reminds me of something I mentioned to a friend here recently. I have noticed that some people from the Atlantic seaboard of the US feel that they must assert their eligibiilty for earthquakes On another board somewhere else, a person from a part of the States not known for seismic activity was quick to point out all the faultlines in the eastern part of the US, saying more or less, "hey, we can have quakes too". This is an interesting phenomenon that I have now seen in at least two different web boards. In one instance, an Easterner jumped into a discussion about quakes that I was having with a Californian. This desire to insist that the East Coast is not excluded from the "earthquake club" makes me smile, because the eagerness thus displayed to claim seismic activity indicates very strongly that the claimant has never experienced a real quake. If they had, they would not feel that it was something to brag about.

#84510 - 04/11/03 03:29 PM a shaky premise
wofahulicodoc Online   content
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assert their eligibiilty for earthquakes

"The fault, Dear Brutus, lies not within our stars, but in our _____"

Help, all you clever people - this cries out for a punchline!

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