Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wind Surfing


December 10, 2008


Yesterday turned out to be one of those days of contradictions. The day started off being warm and windy yet dull and wet. We thought we would have to stay inside all day.

Then something strange happened. Normally, we Varnark are scared of large amounts of water and large electrical discharges. Stone calls the latter ‘lightning.’ But you toss in high winds and the possibility of a violent wind vortex event; then all rationality gets thrown out the window.

Stone informed us about a tornado warning in the area. By the time he finished explaining what this ‘tornado’ was, most of us had already shot out the door. Like a bunch of fools, we chose to search for this ‘tornado.’ Never did find it but found some strong winds though.

Our purpose, we love to ride the currents. Some grabbed shaped cloth canopies and flew around with the wind currents picking them up. Others took thin pieces of wood and surfed the winds. We looked like those guys on Stone’s television riding the water.

By the end of the day, we found ourselves a bit battered, bruised and some even burnt. Omman and Thenal came back smiling but looked a bit singed. It turns out they got to ride some lightning as well.

I found myself tangled up in a tree. I managed to free myself without any assistance; though, I did get some encouragement. The others brought Stone to my tree. When he cranked that chainsaw, I definitely got out of my predicament.

Even Tement got into the act. I couldn’t believe it. The old fart out maneuvered us all. I did not think he had it in him.

We sat around discussing our great feats. Stone called us crazy. He said something about us catching a fatal case of stupidity. That is when we began telling our feats of bravery: dodging flying debris, skirting the edge of lighting, and surfing the tops of trees. Nothing scared us. We felt invincible.

Then this loud ‘boom’ sounded out. Everything went dark until I saw Stone’s smiling face after he opened the cabinet door - you know, that cabinet over his refrigerator. He still does not understand how we all got into that cramped space. To tell you the truth, I don't know either.

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