Saturday, June 04, 2005

Outside in the cold distance...

monsoon season arrived without warning the other night...i've been going to bed early, and have settled into a routine which for me seemed impossible...rising at 7:30, breakfast at 8:30, lunch at 2:00, dinner at 8:30 and then bed by 10:00...yes, all of this order and punctuality from the Don of perpetual lateness...
so i finished the book i've been reading ("everything is illuminated" for those who were wondering...spectacular book..different from anything i've read before...) and i turned off the light, keeping a close eye on the wall lizard which decided to roost in the corner of my room for the evening...yes...it sounds backwards and rundown but that's not the case...you just cannot keep these little bastards out of the house, no matter how much netting you put up...there's just too many of them in this climate...
i fell asleep rather quickly, probably something to do with the full meals i've been getting recently, as opposed to the substitute for nourishment i'd been surviving on in indianapolis...
i awoke at 3 a.m. to the loudest clap of thunder i'd ever heard. i thought that the india-pakistan nuclear testing war had reached a head and i'd managed to get myself stuck close to the border at the worst possible time...the lightning that preceded the thunder caused the light next to the bedstand (which wasn't even on!!!) to blow out in a flash of brilliance....the air conditioning cut out and i could hear the wind roaring in from the east, and the rain pelting the window pane to my left...this ensued for nearly two hours without pause...lightning so bright that for a split second the entire room was illuminated and i could see my reflection in the mirror which stands directly in front of the foot of my bed...thunder that pounded my ears relentlessly...and the mixture of humidity and heat that only comes with the monsoons...as it poured torrentially outside, my brow and back sweated profusely...i tossed and turned in my bed for the rest of the night, listening to the rain and praying for it to stop so i could finally get to sleep and maybe the power would come back on..
sadly, this wasn't to be...i wandered like a zombie through the next day, only to be greeted in my sleep with another storm, this one more vicious than the last. by morning, power and phone lines were down, 4 people had died in the storm, and the sun and heat made the only reminders of the storm the over 400 trees that were felled by the onslaught...i realized that this wasn't just rain, but some higher power flexing their muscle...

2 Comments:

Blogger Riggsy23 said...

"O Spiteful One, show me who to smite, and they shall be smoten."

6:59 AM  
Blogger Mackenzie said...

No, not a higher power, but rather a spiteful and crazed mother. Named Nature; can also be located in Zionsville, Indiana. She's scary, so I'd watch out if I were you.

7:03 PM  

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