On the golf course tonight I knew that a full round would not be completed. Although I did not know if I would get wet, I did know that at some point there would be lightning in those clouds. The wind was picking up as the front approached with a varying degree of darkness in the clouds that trailed. I teed off and hit the ball a little higher than I desired and the wind actually stopped it's forward progress and pushed it back before it returned to terra firma. Then came the sound of the horn, the blast that signals us to clear the course. Sure enough, lightning had shown itself. Game Over!
After a bite to eat, we rushed through the downpour and splashed through the parking lot to our cars. On my way home which was against the flow of the storm, I emerged on the backside to see a double rainbow. It was quite bright and the vibrant colors had me wishing that the camera was in the car. By the time I got home, this was the best shot that I could get of the rainbow's remains.
The humidity of the 94 degree day made it quite obvious that storms would be bubbling up at some point. They came about a hour to early for my game, or an hour too late the way I was playing. In any case, there is a tornado watch for the next two hours. Another day of turbulent summer weather in Minnesota.
Thanks to Nate who called me this afternoon to offer me his tickets. While I am sorry that he had a conflict, I am happy to be at the game. He knows that Sue and I are big sports fans and that we would appreciate his offer and put the tickets to good use. Thanks Nate. We had a great time!
This time I finally saw a Twins win after 3 losses in the previous games that I had attended. Whereas the game on Thursday night had Slowey falling behind virtually every batter and causing the game to drag on for over three hours, tonight Pavano pitched quickly and effectively in a 1 hour 52 minute complete game performance. The Twins bested the Whit Sox 3-2 to take a 2-1 game lead in the 4 game series.
The photos from tonight are some of the same as before from around the park, but they also reflect the weather situation of the night. The weather took enough of a break in Minneapolis for the quick game to be played, but the ride home was a bit of an adventure. It was good to find that our home was spared any ill effects from the area's tornadoes and straight line winds and we made it home safely. The pictures and a ride home video can be seen on my Flickr page, or the video alone can be seen on YouTube.
There is a bill board downtown Minneapolis for a beer. The caption is, "Hell is waiting. But it's a dry heat."
Today was another hot and humid day and I was glad to be done working. Even though there was still money to be made on this busy day, the discomfort from the weather and the pain from health issues provoked me to say enough is enough. By the time I exited the truck, I had put in ten hours so I didn't have any reason to feel guilty.
The display tells the story. Sirius NFL Radio at 4:18pm with the fan on full blowing the A/C in a bi-level fashion sparing me the exterior temperature of 93 degrees Fahrenheit.
A caring wife at home was ready to make my evening as comfortable as possible. Now it is time to head to the bedroom where our little window air conditioning unit will allow me to sleep tonight. I'll pop in a movie and pass out before it ends.