Sunday, February 19, 2017

Thunder's Just A Lot Of Noise

When I was 15, I began working at a summer camp called Kiwi Day Camp. It was run by the New York Association for Brain-Injured Children. (Yes, they actually named a camp for children with disabilities for a bird that can't fly.) The camp director loved to play "records" on rainy days when we were all confined to the auditorium. He had a favorite record and I found most of the songs annoying, especially the one about thunder and lightning. So, of course, every time there's a storm, that song loops in my head.

We are in the midst of a huge storm that started during the night and, since misery loves company, I thought I'd share the song with you.

Listen while you look at the pictures (which you can click to make bigger).

THUNDER... LIGHTNING... AT 4 A.M.

"When the thunder comes with a boom boom boom,
we get out our drums and we 'roon-toon-toon'"?




THUNDER... LIGHTNING... THUNDER... LIGHTNING...
... AT 4:30. I WAS TOO EXCITED TO SLEEP.


AND AGAIN... SO GRATEFUL FOR OUR GLASS CURTAIN!

THE CAFE, MY FRIEND, IS BLOWING IN THE WIND.
NO LONGER ANY NEED TO USE THE DOOR.
THE WAITRESS' STEAMING WET SHOES.
FORTUNATELY, THEY DIDN'T START SMOKING, WHICH IS PROHIBITED.

28 comments:

  1. Gimme a gun!! lol
    I love a good thunder and lightning storm.....of which we do not get many around here.
    Happy you had a good time watching!!

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    1. Jim:
      It was spectacular during the night. Now, the winds are blowing and the surf is enormous. I'm going for a walk after lunch!

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  2. I would'a rounded up the troops and run that camp counselor out in the rain for that song.
    Then I would'a played "It's Raining Men" because, you know, gay.

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    1. Bob:
      For many reasons, I wouldn't have minded running that camp director out in the rain (or any weather). As for "It's Raining Men," it was probably about 15 years too early for that!

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  3. I second bob; that camp song is stoopid!

    the sky and sea look angry in your pix.

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    1. anne marie:
      The camp song (and director) drove me nuts. The sky and sea look even angrier today.

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  4. My favorite lightning storm was experienced in Venice. I could read by the lighting over the Grand Canal.

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    1. Stephen:
      I wouldn't mind experiencing a lightning storm in Venice. It would mean I finally got there!

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  5. And I use to like Dorothy Collins......

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    1. Willym:
      I never even knew who sang this until I found it on YouTube.

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  6. Perhaps the nasty weather followed you home. I don't recall seeing other posts from you on thunder and lightening, is this unusual?

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    1. Cheapchick:
      We don't get lots of rain and stormy weather except in this season. But thunder and lightning are not unusual during a storm.

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  7. Wow, talk about bringing back memories.....some bad ones and a lot of good ones. The place I met you. The director's name was Arnold Fine. The song, however, did always get on my nerves. :)

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    1. Carole:
      Oops! I wasn't mentioning names! The song drove me nuts... and still does.

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  8. The photo of your terrace is so peaceful and cozy with all that wet outside. I do love a good lightning storm.

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    1. Wilma:
      I was mesmerized by the storm. Spent two hours watching it when I should have been sleeping.

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  9. Yikes, that song is annoying! Wonderful photos Mitchell! How beautiful it would be to watch the storm on your glassed in balcony.
    Hope your weather improves soon!

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    1. Cat Lover:
      The rain let up, so I've been able to go for long walks the last two days. But I sure am hoping to see the sun again tomorrow!

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  10. I can see a new logo for the cafe: "Take off your shoes. Bring your own door. But NO SMOKING!!"
    Stay safe, my friend.
    PS I really enjoyed the song.

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    1. Robyn:
      Of the four side panels, the cafe lost THREE yesterday.

      You may be the only person here who actually enjoyed the song!

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  11. Not a bad little song in a Patti Page kind of way, but I can see how it could become annoying quickly. He never played any Dave Brubeck?

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    1. Laurent:
      Oh, Patti Page is rolling over in her grave! He never played ANYTHING good!

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  12. Those glass panels are really earning their keep! Another layer between you and the "cyclonic winds," not to mention the rain. And the cats can be out there during yucky weather (if they want to be).

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      The cats aren't big on the cyclonic winds. When the building is shaking, the cats are inside. Chickens!

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  13. You lost me at Kiwi Day Camp. What a fascinating (and in hindsight - awful) name for such as camp. Have your written about it before?

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    1. Spo:
      I don't know if I've ever mentioned the name of the camp before. I also worked throughout the year at the organizations week-end play therapy program. That was called Saturday Play Therapy. Not as original, but much less offensive.

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  14. So the rain in Spain doesn't stay mainly on the plain or plane or sorry!

    Your story reminds me of a trip to P'Town in 2011 when a hurricane roared through. We were so hungry that we decided to walk Commercial St to the only restaurant open. We found a table just on the inside near the deck which was curtained of. All of the sudden a young stud was asked to tie the curtains down. Oh how I wish I had my camera. He was totally wet as the curtains kept slapping him over and over again. We grinned and chomped down on our hamburgers. Oh how I love a good rain storm!

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