Re: (Lightening and) thunderstorms (this is long - but I do have a point)
They are pretty common in my neck of the woods in the summer on those hot, hazy, humid days. Growing up, I loved them. If it was a mild one, I'd even go for a walk in the rain. They never bothered me when I was camping or anything, unless it was right on top of us.
Then a coworker of mine was killed by a lightning strike when he was camping with his wife and another couple. The boys had gone to re-peg down the tent; the girls were in the truck. He was killed instantly and his buddy was also technically dead. Coworker's wife knew he was gone but did CPR on the buddy and brought him back. I don't know where she found the strength; her training must have just kicked in.
So now, while I still love thunderstorms, I love them from inside my house, where I'm not using any water. (When he was a kid, my Dad's mother was at the kitchen sink and had just turned to talk to the family when lightning hit the house and the electricity was conducted through the metal pipes up through the kitchen sink drain. Hence, no water use during storms.)
A week ago Sunday, I was at my softball game. Before the game even started, there was a storm off to the west where lightning could be seen, and it was travelling our way. But the ump didn't call the game, and if we refused to play, it would be considered a forfeit which costs us a fair amount of money. In the middle of the second inning, some of us girls with fine hair had it standing on end. Still wasn't called. It was finally called in the middle of the third inning. I was quietly freaking out. I couldn't walk off the field without risking a forfeit. I let the ump know I was extremely unhappy with his decision and spent all the time I could in the lightning position (crouched down as low as I could and balanced on the balls of my feet). When I had to go up to bat, the guy in front of me walked so I had the choice of walking or hitting. Normally, I'd hit. I walked and the other team gave me grief for it. Sorry, but I'm not standing there with a bat above my head that will conduct electricity!
I know other people thought I was a SS but I don't think I was. I think I did pretty well considering I was freaking right out!