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Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
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Mike and Sheryl's

Flag of United States  , Texas
Thursday, August 13, 2009

13/08/09 Watched the sun rocket up from the horizon again this morning. Made a trip to the gym downstairs, feeling strong. We're going to attempt public transport today.......over the years I have always found this to be an experience ranging from very interesting to downright terrifying....let’s go see what awaits us today.

Trace and Mike love Texas ..........FACT!!!!

As I mentioned above ,the public transport scale ranges from Interesting to Terrifying, and we had the rare honour....or is that misfortune....of experiencing the complete range in a space of a few hours. The interesting part took the form of the sight-seeing we did on the way too, in and back from downtown Houston. One experience that stands out was negotiating the maze of sub-terrainian tunnels that connect all the massive office blocks. Houston is that hot that they’ve created a system of tunnels that cover the whole of the central business district so that office workers can have their lunch hour’s underground. Every building has a food court under it and there are various other eating establishments dotted randomly within the tunnels.....a genius idea, but I got a bit of natural light envy after a while so we soon decided to brave the heat top side instead.

To escape the heat again we thought the Aquarium would be a good way to zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

.........oh , I’m sorry. I have a form of narcolepsy brought on by me telling very boring stories.

Almost at exactly the same time as yesterday afternoon the skies clouded over within a few minutes and as soon as we stepped on the bus, which we found purely by chance, the rain god is a fair man...or woman, the cloud above Houston burst. This time it was serious. Yesterday’s storm was a leaky tap compared to this monster. I’d never seen the sky gush water before, but that’s exactly what was happening, was astounding. The bus had an almost continuous 6 foot high displacement wave squirting out from under the wheels all the way home. The roads were flooded within seconds. The best was yet to come.

Even the locals were quite blown away by this storm....we know this because people actually speak to strangers in this country.

Approximately two stops from the apartment the bus stopped, the doors opened, and as a passenger was about to step out into the rain, there was a huge flash of light and an incredibly loud explosion followed by a fizzing sound. It was a lightning strike......and it had struck, very, very close to our bus, much closer than we thought.

Once the screams had turned into nervous laughter, the bus driver took off again. It was then that we smelled it........something was burning. The driver stopped a few hundred meters down the road and got out of her seat, walked to the back of the bus where we were sitting and asked the following question with which I shall now immortalise her...................

"Y’all smell somethin’ burnin’?"

It was comedy gold but it also made us realise that our bus had actually been struck by lightning. Needless to say we weren’t overly thrilled when we had to get off the bus at the next stop. We were all too aware that the strikes were actually increasing in frequency and we may be sitting ducks.....there was so much water around I definitely felt a bit duck-like. We jumped out into the warm, pounding rain into a foot of water, crossed the road to the apartment, just beating another massive strike. We were in the rain for about 15 seconds but it looked and felt like we’d been for a swim.

We watched the weather report on TV and found out that there were 2000 lightning strikes per hour in Houston during the storm. I think a drink is in order.
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