I don't remember very much weird stuff when I was a kid. I did see storms pop up suddenly and natural disasters as I traveled across the US. I
remember my first trip to the outer banks of NC, a storm came up and flooded everything. Meanwhile back home in NC, the drought continued and it had
never rained one drop.
I remember one trip where we unexpectedly had a free tour of some homes or condos to get a free hotel room stay. That day was cool even though it was
in Florida in July. The tour guide took the entire tour bus out in the middle of a swamp with just two boards slightly above the water. When we were
all out there, it suddenly started pouring down rain making the boards slick. There was no guard rail. Suddenly eyeballs popped up out of the water
everywhere. There were more alligators than I've ever seen and I've been to alligator farms. Someone said the tour bus guide looked surprised. My
parents said to walk careful. We hoped no one slipped and fell or they would be history. Anyway we were all soaked, the temperature dropped into the
50's that afternoon and it rained all day long after that. I heard people talking about a freak storm and that it rarely rains all day in Southern
I saw massive floods in other parts of the US while traveling. I almost visited Mt. St. Helens when it had it's second major eruption but instead we
were in a different part of the state because someone already made reservations. That would have been interesting. The second eruption was no big
deal compared to the first.
When I visited Hawaii, they had record breaking cold in the 40's and 50's. They warned people not to talk about wind chill factors to mainlanders
though because it was much colder back in the main land. I believe someone thought Hawaiians would be laughed at if they talked about the wind chill
I guess the weirdest thing was one time I was at the center of a supercell tornado cluster in NC that spawned a few F5 tornadoes. It was calm where I
was at and non stop lightning as if someone turned on a strobe light and it wasn't blinking anymore for several minutes. Another time a tornado came
down out of the sky and I had a vision of death coming towards me. I was spared though. I should have been sleeping but I saw a vision of death
coming towards me. It was a tornado in reality and in reality I could not see anything from my bed. Even stranger was that the tornado moved in the
same path I saw death coming. It tore off all tree branches above our house and the tree at the end of our house at roof level. Not a single shingle
on our house was torn off though. Amazing since it sheared off 6 inch diameter tree branches that were less than 2 feet from the roof. We didn't
have any branches overhanging our house after that. A large 75 to 80 year old pine had all branches sheared off to the trunk on the house side. A
two foot diameter pine tree at the end of the house was chopped like a tooth pick at roof level.
I've seen a triple rainbow two or three times. I've also seen ball lightning in our yard. Other than some unusual weather, I don't remember very
much weird stuff. Oh, I just remembered one time a bolt of lightning streaked right in front of our windshield about 1 to 2 feet in front of it while
my father was driving. Scared us. I used to like storms so I did enjoy the storms a bit. After I got older and had a car that I paid for, not as
much. Oh, I just remembered one time I saw it rain over 3 inches in only 15 minutes. I heard someone on tv say we got the maximum possible rainfall
on Earth. It looked like a waterfall outside for 15 minutes.
I also saw one UFO, actually it was a low flying cloud with some rain escorted by some helicopters during the middle of the day.
I remember much more weird stuff when I was older in college than when I was younger.
Oh, I just remembered one more thing. While sleeping in my bed, I once got woke up by a squirrel jumping on and off my chest. Needless to say I was
wondering what the .... just jumped on and off of me and woke me up. On 3 different occasions a squirrel got in our house and if someone could have
filmed us trying to catch those squirrels, it would have won the funniest home videos contest back then. The funniest part was when my mother spotted
the squirrel on top of the living room curtain up at the top. She pointed to it. It ran across the curtain and jumped on her arm, ran across her
arm, across her shoulder, down her leg and away so fast she could barely move. Another time she was at the bottom of the stairs and screamed. "It's
a flying squirrel!" as it flew down the stairs dodging her at the bottom.
For all the animal lovers out there, you'll be happy to know no squirrel was harmed. After several unsuccessful minutes of my father trying to catch
it or smash it with a small can, I opened the front door and the squirrels found the escape route every time each of 3 episodes. Some of the kids at
school joked that our house was haunted with a squirrel lady after that.
As a side note, later on I discovered the squirrels in the neighborhood did some training after that. They started stealing tomatoes from gardens,
real big tomatoes, and would escape with them up in the trees. Sometimes they would accidentally drop them. I thought it was funny when they were
doing it to the neighbor. When one did it to our garden, it was war. I'm not going into any more details except to say that there is probably a
squirrel patrol training additional squirrels about how to go into tomato combat mode. This was only about 45 miles from Fort Bragg so I guess we had
militarized squirrels or something.
Oh we also had bats and some really cool super spiders. Their bodies were the size of a coiled up finger and their spider webs were over 50 feet wide
and over 30 feet tall. I swear I heard one of the spider strands vibrate after I accidentally brushed by it one time. Maybe I did maybe I didn't.
My father took a swing at one spider with a baseball bat since it was right near a door and he was afraid it would hurt someone. We had one bat that
would go to sleep on the brick on our carport. I guess it thought it was like a cave since the sun never hit that spot. We left it alone. We knew
bats killed insects.
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