Wednesday, August 02, 2006

A Rainy Night in Georgia

Inspiration - "A Rainy Night in Georgia" Brook Benton "Neon signs a-flashin', taxi cabs and buses passin' through the night/A distant moanin' of a train seems to play a sad refrain to the night/A rainy night in Georgia, such a rainy night in Georgia/Lord, I believe it's rainin' all over the world/I feel like it's rainin' all over the world"

What I'm Listening To - Some Curtis Mayfield downloads

Question(s) I Asked Myself Today - "What the hell you mean 'lets's meet to discuss your responsibilities?' Are you trying to regulate something over here?"

I'm sitting at my desk last night around 7, writing more employee reviews and blogging when it starts to storm. The thunder is pounding and the lightning is striking outside, but I'm undeterred. Our phone lines are grounded so there's no possibility of anything catastrophic happening. My reps are riffing a little cuz they are scared they are scared that are gonna get hit by lightning. But I am company man, and calls need to be answered, right?

I'm sitting with my back to the window, not even really paying attention to what's going on outside, when all of a sudden I hear a loud BOOM!!! I ain't gonna lie, I jumped a little bit. Then I saw a lightning strike come through the window and flash before my eyes. Remember, my back is turned to the window, so I can't just be seeing the light refracting off the glass. Or can I? I gather my team up, and lead them into the interior hallway away from all the windows surrounding them.

My question for you is "did I overreact?" Some people thought I was crazy for thinking that lightning can strike through a window. I'll be the first to admit that I never paid attention in science class, but I know what I saw. I also know that all the computers and phone lines went dead for a minute and the lights were flashing on and off. In that minute, I was that little kid that was hearing his grandmother tell him not to answer the phone when it was storming. The same kid whose brand new Boom Box was fried by a lightning strike b/c he just had to listen to Eric B. and Rakim's "Paid in Full" after his mother told him to unplug it during a storm. Is what I saw real or a figment of my admittedly overactive imagination?

It was written...

21 Comments:

Blogger Knockout Zed said...

I always get shook during lightning storms. I turn off everything until it passes. I don't even know the science behind the storm, I don't know what it can or cannot do. But I'm not taking any chances.

The short answer is NO, I don't think you overreacted.

KZ

Wed Aug 02, 10:18:00 AM  
Blogger Cocoa Girl said...

Me too. My moms always makes sure I turn off stuff when it's lightening.

BTW, I don't think you were over reacting - lightening has struck within one foot of me twice in my life.

It's possible.

BTW, who wants to talk to you about their responsibilities...hmmm

Wed Aug 02, 10:27:00 AM  
Blogger Tenacious said...

yeah who's this person who wants to talk to you about your responsibilities? T. Cas will I see yoi on Maury? *lol*

Thunder and Lightening scares me so I don't think you over reacted, I wouldve done the same

Wed Aug 02, 10:30:00 AM  
Anonymous MzNewAgenda said...

Nah you didn't overreact...that was a bad storm last night...about 3500 folks in dunwoody lost power...and BTW lightening struck my sister's flat screen THROUGH A WINDOW so it is possible

Wed Aug 02, 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger chele said...

You did the right thing. You can't be too careful in those situations.

Discussions about responsibilities suck. Usually, means that someone doesn't think you have enough to do.

Wed Aug 02, 10:49:00 AM  
Blogger Mocha_Grl said...

I have no idea if it can come through a window, but really why take the chance?

And imagine if you hadn't reacted like that and (knock on wood) something HAD happened...

remember our convo about walking around in storms like my roomies did? Not this chick! LOL

Wed Aug 02, 11:49:00 AM  
Blogger Phoenix said...

Hey better safe than sorry. The weather these days ain't the same as when we were little.

Wed Aug 02, 12:06:00 PM  
Blogger i like liquor and tv said...

I don't know if you overreacted, but what was moving to the hallway going to do? Lightning travels.

Wed Aug 02, 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous The Goddess said...

I don't think you overreacted. You know when you don't go with your first instinct that's when something ALWAYS happens. And who would they have been blaming? That's right. Y O U! You did the right thing.

Wed Aug 02, 12:57:00 PM  
Blogger Nika Laqui said...

DAMN!!!!

I love thunder and lighting, just don't get too close...thats all...and that was close...

Wed Aug 02, 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger Cocoa Girl said...

I don't know if you overreacted, but what was moving to the hallway going to do? Lightning travels.

Hell to the nah! LQ, you're so crazy!

But for real...LQ/TV does have a point.

Wed Aug 02, 01:21:00 PM  
Blogger thee modern isis said...

I think you did right. My granny used to turn all of the lights out, cut the TV and radio off and everyone would sit in the living room in silence. Shit.. I didn't see the problem with talking but I had to be quiet. Don't let the telephone ring either, because it wouldn't get answered. My granny didn't play.

Wed Aug 02, 01:38:00 PM  
Blogger onefromphilly said...

My Godmother's mother (Nana) didn't play with thunder or lightning either. We had to turn off all of the lights, every electrical appliance and take a nap???!! I guess lightning won't hit people sleeping? Nana is 90 and still won't come to the phone if you call her during a storm! I'm still a little afraid. Last month we had one of those earth rocking storms in the middle of the night, I took my pillow and blanket and slept on the floor. I would have been right there with you in the hallway....

Wed Aug 02, 02:28:00 PM  
Blogger Royce's Daughter said...

For some reason lightening doesn't spook me but thunder thats that shyt right there. I hear a boom and I'm out up under some shyt. I be feeling like God is cussing us the hell out when I hear that thunder mess. I just be like...Yes God, I'm so sorry...LOL!!

Wed Aug 02, 02:32:00 PM  
Blogger Gully said...

Totally reasonable move -- strong winds or another loud boom could have shattered glass windows.

Wed Aug 02, 03:44:00 PM  
Blogger blue butterfli said...

LOL @ Royce Jr.

I have no idea if lightening can actually strike thru a window, but ummm... you're such a sweet boss! Moving your team away from danger and shit!

Okay. I think I've changed my mind. I WILL work for you!! (LOL)

Peace!

Wed Aug 02, 05:39:00 PM  
Blogger ----- said...

It definitely CAN happen - and I'm laughing so hard at LQ/TV!!!! LoL

That storm was ugly though...you KNOW where I work - so everybody here was M A D!!! Oh well...

Glad everyone is safe...you're such a good supervisorer (yep...you read it right)!! :D

~Trish

Wed Aug 02, 07:48:00 PM  
Blogger Honey-Libra said...

All I know is my momma said (lol voice of waterboy) turn off the lights and TV when its lightning outside....hey you do what you gotta do not to get struck you were just tryin to help them out.

Wed Aug 02, 09:08:00 PM  
Blogger 4EverJennayNay said...

Better safe than sorry. That's for sure.

I have a hard time not "sitting still and letting the Lawd do His work" during storms.

I'm so conflicted. cause in my head i'm like "c'mon you know better!"

but i still hear my grandmother.

Thu Aug 03, 01:50:00 AM  
Blogger fallen angel said...

hell anw you didnt over-react. i dont believe in coincidences or luck. i have always felt (and been told) that when you just "sense" or "feel" something, that is the Creator's way of whispering in your ear...

Thu Aug 03, 02:46:00 AM  
Blogger nikki said...

i think it's real, but that's cuz i believe the weather in that form is nature's fury. i see all that shit as a sign of some sort. maybe it was someone telling you to strike now before you're sapped of energy or something...

Thu Aug 03, 01:09:00 PM  

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