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Boom!

I'm no longer used to lightning.

While I was long-walking tonight, Portland got rain and brief, heavy hail — not-too-big balls of hail, thankfully, but a lot of them — so I ducked into the SE Cesar E. Chavez and Powell Safeway for about 10 minutes until it subsided. I wasn't in the mood to walk farther after that downpour, plus it had gotten dark, so I started home. And got surprised on the way back by sudden, brief, seemingly bulbous flashes of lightning.

Luckily, I wasn't hit, and nothing around me was, either (I'm not that unlucky right now), but I still got surprised by it. Lightning storms were a little more likely in Northeast Oregon, where it's semi-desert, and much more likely back in Virginia — I saw plenty of biiiiiiiiig storms there — but in the four years I lived in Eugene, Oregon for college, I think I saw five lightning bolts total. Eugene is a little too sheltered for them: hills on three sides of the city (which is at the southern end of the Willamette Valley) block most thunderstorms from reaching there. The Oregon Coast is stormy, of course, but that's an hour-plus from Eugene, same from Portland. Usually I have to go to lightning bolts. Been a while since they've come to me.

I hope they still like me.