We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We had something similar yesterday. I was pulling our trailer on the barren part of the Mogollon Rim in Az. We had two thunderstorms and violent lightening and hail and no place to take cover. We are having lots of rain out here in the Southwest. Everything is greening up. But the storms can be scary especially when your sail (the trailer) is "up".
They are beautiful from afar. Not so much fun if you get caught in one in a small sailboat as happened to me at age 14. I was having a lazy sail on a Chesapeake Bay estuary and didn't pay any attention to the weather on the horizon - until it wasn't on the horizon. Got the sails down during the calm minutes before the squall hit and got blown ashore under bare poles. Minute I hit the beach I buried the anchor in the sand, ran up the beach about 20 yards and flattened myself against the sand. Stayed there for about 20 minutes of thunder and lightning before it passed. Needless to say, it was the last time in my boating history I didn't keep an eye on the weather.
I've been on the water (off and on) since my teens and I have to say that storms still scare the heck out of me. I'm with John Fisher - pretty from afar, but when lightning is lancing down all around my boat with that tall aluminum mast, I am shaking in my pants!
Its nice and safe sailing in a bay, but when you are away from land there is nowhere to run, nowhere to reach... ;->
Fair Winds, Following Seas, and a safe Harbor at journey's end.