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08 July 2003 @ 10:12 am
Wrath from the Heavens!  
Was a rather nice weekend overall. Friday, enveri and I celebrated the 4th with Lori and the rest of the D&D crowd. A really fun group...much unhealthy food was et, much booze was drunk, things were exploded, good times! Very hot day, but Phil's pool made that a little more bearable til the sun set a bit.

Saturday, we headed to the RenFaire. Aside from some excess heat, another fine day. Wandered around, drank ye olde beer, ate more unhealthy but tasty food. In the 'Amusing' category, we caught Dirk and Guido: The Swordsmen, who teach the audience how to be Manly Men. We also caught The Sturdy Beggars Mud Show, where the innuendo was as thick as the substance mentioned in the title (but, as they said, "Carefully calibrated to fly safely over the heads of the children! If your children get these jokes, it's not our fault.") The audience was further encouraged to discipline any misbehaving children, regardless of whether they were one's own children. I approve! Then in the more traditional vein, we got to see The Joust, where the horsemanship was great, but still no match for the Master at Arms from last year. Following that, the Royal Falconer gave a show, and we couldn't help thinking of lanakila as the raptors chased lures across the field, swooped past the audience, and generally showed off.

After that, we were pretty well crisped, so we headed home a bit early.

Sunday was a more relaxing day...lunch at BD's, and general lazing. Around 3pm, though, a hail storm came through, the likes of which I've never seen in my 25 years on this earth. Hail the size of golfballs, and coming down so fast that you couldn't hear anything outside, just a heavy blast of white noise (with the door open, Kes and I could barely hear each other to talk). Was worried about my car, but not much to be done about it...it came on so hard and fast that to go out and try to toss a blanket over the car would've been to invite a trip to the emergency room. Got a few snapshots, which I'll post once I get them developed.

In the aftermath, I'd estimate at least a couple thousand bucks in damage to my car...the hood and roof are covered in fairly deep dents. Ditto for Kes's truck, though she's a little less concerned about that. Fortunately, I'm with ANPAC, who every time I deal with them make me more glad that I left Progressive. This is counted as an Act of God, and will not affect my premiums. Got a $500 deductible, however, which is annoying after having just dropped $1000 on car repair a couple weeks ago, but it could've definitely been worse.

And now the rain is coming down in a torrent again. What interesting weather we get here in the midwest!

Something good: A thunderstorm as viewed from inside.

Something bad: Shooting with a bow far lighter and flimsier than what you're used to, and consequently chewing the bejezus outta your wrist.

Something disturbing: Calling your insurance agent, and getting a tired chuckle, "Another lucky one, huh?" I think he's having a long week ;)
Current Mood: moodymoody
Jinglejingle on July 8th, 2003 09:25 am (UTC)
No way!
Ahh, f***in' ay! The Swordsmen!! Damn, I loved those guys! I got to see them in college, and they were a riot. =) Hee hee!

"What ho!"
"What ho!"
"How's your day been?"
"Damn fine, thanks!"

BTW, I love the new picture. *grin*
Rattus scientificusskorzy on July 8th, 2003 09:44 am (UTC)
What insurance covers damage like this, Comprehensive?

Hopefully I'll never have to deal with hailstones like that.. but at least you got to experience a truly remarkable "Act of God" for the money.. ;)
Brendan: Micahroho on July 8th, 2003 09:46 am (UTC)
Yeah, Comprehensive :) I was just as surprised as you, I didn't think insurance companies could ever see something as 'not the fault of the insured' ;)
The Captaincaptain18 on July 8th, 2003 02:21 pm (UTC)
I had my old Regal in to the body shop for work related to hitting a deer and while the guy was looking at it, he was like, "did you know you have hail damage?" I was like, no, and so he put it under the lights he uses for painting and then called in State Farm. I walked away with a check for over $3000 and promptly cashed the check and sold the car. :o)

Comprehensive is probably the second-best kept secret in terms of insurance... State Farm's R-1 towing is the first, IMO.
Glenn: trogdorglennj on July 8th, 2003 11:04 am (UTC)
Wow, you guys get Ren Faires far earlier than us east-coast folks...Going at the end of August here, and I can't wait. Got me my kilt ready for a wearin'!

I gave up on those Ren Faire bows for the same reason. Can't look like a manly man when you have a toy bow to shoot with. I love throwing me some axes though :)
Brendan: Micahroho on July 8th, 2003 12:30 pm (UTC)
Can't look like a manly man when you have a toy bow to shoot with.

*grin* I'm hoping to come in garb next year, with my 50-pound-draw recurve strapped to my back. Too bad I'm sure they'd never let me shoot it at the range ;)
Wesha the Leopardwesha on July 8th, 2003 11:20 am (UTC)
Only in America...

1. Only in America... can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.

2. Only in America... are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.

3.Only in America... do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

4. Only in America... do people order double cheese burgers, large fries, and a diet Coke.

5. Only in America... do banks leave both doors to the vault open and then chain the pens to the counters.

6. Only in America... do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

7. Only in America... do we use answering machines to screen calls and then have call waiting so we won't miss a call from someone we didn't want to talk to in the first place.

8. Only in America... do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.

9. Only in America... do we use the word 'politics' to describe the process so well: Poli' in Latin meaning 'many' and 'tics' meaning 'bloodsucking creatures'.

10. Only in America... do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.
Brendan: Snark!roho on July 8th, 2003 12:25 pm (UTC)
Only in America...

By no means are any of these restricted to America alone.

Only in America... do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

I'd feel a great deal more chastened by this, were it not for the fact that I live in an apartment, and don't have the option of a garage.

Only in America... do people order double cheese burgers, large fries, and a diet Coke.

And what exactly is wrong with that? I try to keep my daily caloric intake at roughly 1,800 calories. Going with the meal quoted above, a double cheeseburger is 480 calories. Large fries is 540 (though I always go for the medium, and even then rarely finish them). Combined, that's 1020 calories, about 100 over half my calories for the day. Leaves me 780 calories free to enjoy for the rest of the day, which is more than enough if one eats carefully. Get a regular Coke, instead of diet, that brings it up to 1330, leaving significantly less leeway for the rest of the day. So if I have the occasional treat of a greasy lunch at McDonalds, doesn't it make more sense to go with the diet coke?
Wesha the Leopardwesha on July 8th, 2003 01:17 pm (UTC)
Don't ask me; ask the original author of this text (link is supplied at the top).
The clearest night is the coldest.octantis on July 8th, 2003 11:41 am (UTC)
The road to hail
Holy crap! Sorry to hear about the damage. :/ I sympathize, I've been told it's going to cost about that to fix my car too, though in my case, it was an act of SUV.

Glad you had a good time at the Renfaire, at least. The big ones are pretty interesting... if we all ever meet sometime, we'll have to go to one in costume. :)
Brendan: Micahroho on July 8th, 2003 12:32 pm (UTC)
Re: The road to hail
though in my case, it was an act of SUV

Ah, so Act of Someone-Who-Thinks-They're-God? ;) *ducks thrown tomatoes from the SUV enthusiasts out there*

The big ones are pretty interesting... if we all ever meet sometime, we'll have to go to one in costume. :)

Hey, enveri and I are hoping to go in garb next year, we'll have to drag you out to complete the ensemble! :)
Lanakila: Awksquawk!  (Silly Lanakilalanakila on July 11th, 2003 05:02 pm (UTC)
Going out to the Renfaire

Hey, kestral and I are hoping to go in garb next year, we'll have to drag you out to complete the ensemble! :)

May I come along as the falconer? Or maybe just the bald iggle?

Squawk! ;)
Robert Poolelionmage on July 8th, 2003 01:27 pm (UTC)
I've seen a few good hail storms, but I've never had one bad enough to totally jack up my car. My sympathies! Thank goodness your insurance covered this.

Garages are pretty rare here in Arizona; more likely you'll see people with car ports or some kind of covering, but old houses like mine don't even have that. (I have an old carriage house, but it's full of boxes. Yes, my house is over 80 years old, so a carriage house is on the property.)

Be thankful you didn't experience a microburst that did even more damage in a concentrated area. My ex told me she had a microburst happen right near where she lived in Buckeye, and it literally caused a chicken coop (with all the chickens inside) to explode, raining dead chickens for about a block in every direction.
genetenveri on July 9th, 2003 01:14 pm (UTC)
... What on earth is a Microburst?
Robert Poolelionmage on July 9th, 2003 07:17 pm (UTC)
A microburst is a really concentrated cell of activity, usually smaller than a city block...

It could be bright and sunny in one part of town, and in another, a tornado touches down, or a freak hail storm levels a house... Scary, scary stuff.
Kithightensile on July 9th, 2003 03:48 pm (UTC)
Think 'downdraft'
A microburst is a remarkably nasty piece of weather phenomenon. Take a tornado. Cut a chunk off. Turn it vertical. Make it so intermittant that it's nearly impossible to find remotely.

These things are great for removing planes from the air *twitch* :(

Lanakila: Happy Lanakila (Spirit)lanakila on July 11th, 2003 05:08 pm (UTC)
A Wonderful Day was Had!
I've been meaning to reply to this Live Journal entry, dear friend . . .

Lanakila beaksmiles warmly at the mentioning of his name and being reminded about the bald iggle when the Royal Falconer came onto the field to fly his swift-moving birds of prey . . .

Skree! That sounds so beautiful! Your July 4th weekend sounded very exciting and wonderful! KReeeaar! I'm glad you and Kestral got the chance to get outside and to enjoy the Renfaire festival! Heheh! Sounds awesome indeed!

I'm reminded about my recent trip to Medieval Times, where we saw knights on top of horses, a jousting match, more swordsmenship matches, and the Master Falconer flying his lanner falcon.

Skree! Sorry to hear about the hail storm damage done to your car. Eeek! Definitely NOT GOOD! *shakes his head with sadness*

*WINGHUGSNUGS!* You have definitely been missed, and it's good to hear from you again!

Your dear bald iggle friend,