...not in Kansas anymore...

Wow, busy Saturday here in Paradise. Polly and I started the day at the annual ALS Walk, where she entertained/irritated/pissed off the crowd with her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, which she sang with great gusto. I’ll bet the guy with the microphone who was trying to lead the song wished he could do as well – and wag his tail at the same time.

ALS – Lou Gehrig’s disease – is a horrible, devastating disease so if you are looking for a charitable cause to support, research into finding a cure is well worth it.

Spent the afternoon at the Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off, where local restaurants served up their best chow-dah efforts to the public and then we voted for our favorites. It was a nice change to get to vote for something I actually liked (Surfhouse! The best!) rather than the-least-offensive-candidate, my usual stance when I get in a voting booth. Plus, live music, people watching, fried pickles (really – I’ve never had one, so I can’t say). What’s not to like?

Carolina Beach Lake is about 500 feet from the ocean and windy even on calm days. After the Cook-Off we headed for home since alarming tornado reports were coming in from Raleigh and the winds were blowing mightily. The sky turned green.

By 9 PM, the tornado warning was lifted and the storm headed out to sea.

Turn your speakers up all the way, hit full screen, and enjoy some fireworks, compliments of Mother Nature. (The houses/buildings on the far side of the lake are oceanfront, to give you an idea of how narrow that strip of land is and how close the lake and ocean are to each other.)

15 comments to …not in Kansas anymore…

  • That’s spectacular, and perfect accompaniment. I love living in the San Francisco Bay Area, but one thing we don’t get is much lightning. Every time it’s forecast, I get all wound up, and 99% of the time, it bypasses us.

    Thanks for the entertaining image/audio of Polly’s performance. 🙂

    • Natasha

      One of these days I might post something with Polly and me singing.

      If I completely lose my mind and any sense of personal pride, that is.

  • Great video. Yeah, we don’t see much lightening. A couple of weeks ago we had a pretty good storm. The thunder nearly rattled my house off the foundation. First time Trevor had experience lightening and thunder like that, he was pretty fascinated.
    My grandmother died of ALS and so did my best friends mother. It’s harsh and completely unforgiving I hope you never have to know it. Thanks for your (and Polly’s) support.

    • Natasha

      One of my friends died of ALS 2 years ago. We’ve been doing the walk with and for him for the past 5 years or so. It’s awful to see the markers of ‘progress’ each year – first the walking with braces, then the simple wheelchair, then the super-mechanized wheelchair when he was completely immobilized. Just horrible.

  • Watching some of the other video coverage of the storm made me thankful I live in Oregon. What devastation! I’m glad it bypassed your neck of the woods.
    We got to see one lightening storm out over the ocean one night in Hawaii, which was pretty awesome, but not nearly as grand as your video. It didn’t get close to us or deliver any rain.

  • Dang! I KNOW I commented here yesterday! I must have used invisible ink. Anyway, I’d sure appreciate a bowl of that chowder right now. I woke up to snow stuck to everything in sight! I need some warming up.

  • DS

    Of the top 10 most dangerous US states for Lightning deaths, NC ranks #4. Florida ranks #1. I most definitely relate to the beauty and stress of a severe lightening storm. Although I have to say that watching from a distance, as I could do with your video, makes the experience much more enjoyable than having it crack the tree in your backyard straight down to the roots.

    ALS is a terrible way to go. My daughter’s great uncle (on her father’s side) died of ALS years ago in Woonsocket, RI. He was an extremely strong and viral man before he got sick. The disease does not discriminate, that’s for sure.

  • Lightning is an event in my town too. I grew up with magnificent thunderstorms and I still miss them. I was out a week or so ago when a hailstorm blew in (peasize) and I was as excited as a kid at Christmas. (Gee, is my life really that sad?)

    • Natasha

      Nah, you’re just enjoying Mother Nature.

      I didn’t realize the west coast didn’t get thunder and lightning the way we do on the east coast. We get some mighty fine ones, as you saw from the video.

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