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A scene in the hail

Yesterday I walked to Lower Queen Anne. It's three miles and takes me about an hour. It had been raining right before I set out, so I considered taking an umbrella, but then I decided it was really only showers anyway, so I'd just risk it. About halfway to my destination, however, I heard a tremendous thunderclap behind me. I looked back, and there was a massive wall of black clouds over Ballard and Fremont. Uh-oh. Thunder usually means a downpour, and those clouds looked absolutely loaded. I hastened my pace.

Heading toward Mercer I ran across a couple of homeless guys. "Did you see that lightening?" one of them asked.

"Yeah," I said. "I'm running."

"I'm scared!" he laughed.

My luck held. As I hit Queen Anne Ave a few bits of hail started sprinkling down, but it was only after I entered Uptown Espresso that the deluge descended. The black clouds suddenly dumped the biggest load of hail I've seen since I can remember.

"Good timing," said the barista.

"I can't believe it waited until I got inside," I said thankfully.

And then it started hailing even harder. We both stared out the window in amazement. In fact everybody in the cafe was looking out the window. People got out their phones to take pictures and videos. As we all stood around watching all hell bust loose, suddenly a guy jumped out into the street outside and started prancing around in the hailfall. He was naked to the waist.

"The good ol' Mecca," said the barista, referring to the infamous bar across the street. We all watched the guy with big grins on our faces. Nature called, and he responded, do si do your partner. I was just sorry I wasn't drunk enough to join him. Sort of.

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holyoutlaw
Apr. 14th, 2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
That's a pretty amusing story. Yeah!
randy_byers
Apr. 14th, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
It was one of those moments you get in the city where suddenly a roomful of strangers shares a communal feeling.
wrdnrd
Apr. 16th, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
It was really interesting being out on The Ave after the power went down. It was like walking thru' Mayberry -- everyone was chatting and laughing with everyone else. Asking where there was an open restaurant. Wondering how far the power outage extended. The guy who grills hot dogs from the cart at the Lutheran church was BUSY, because he's on propane! Lucky guy. He must have had about 20 people milling about waiting to get a hot dog.
randy_byers
Apr. 16th, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
That's a nice little detail! I bet he felt like a rugged individualist right about then.
daveon
Apr. 14th, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
We were in TS McHughs about to go to Rat City Roller Girls. I should have pinged you :)
randy_byers
Apr. 14th, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
I definitely walked right by there. See you in a few!
smofbabe
Apr. 14th, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC)
Glad you weren't caught out in the worst of it. Large hail can be painful, although sounds like the guy dancing in it was pretty well anesthetized :->
randy_byers
Apr. 14th, 2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, far from feeling pain, he seemed to be having a grand time of it.
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