As of tomorrow my Toyota Echo will be10 years old! It has a little over 126k miles on and all but one of them has been under my ownership. It has been a great little car and i am hoping it goes for at least another ten years. When i bought it i had considered the Prius, but went with the Echo because it has a timing chain instead of a belt, it gets over 40mpg at times, and the battery technology was still too new for me to feel comfortable over the long haul at the time. If i were making the choice today i would probably side with the Prius though ~ even with all of the troubles in the media of late.
Last night i had to do some work at the "widget factory". it was the 4th time in the past two weeks i've had to come in at midnight, and it is wearing on the mind and body. But that is not really what i want to talk about. The season is moving on towards summer and last night was a beautiful demonstration of this. I have grown up, and really lived most of my four plus decades, in the Washington D.C. area (this region is pretty big stretching from almost the Baltimore beltway down South to Fredericksburg, and from Annapolis all the way out to the foothills of the Blueridge Mountains). I have many memories of Washington summers, hot, sticky, and powerful thunderstorms growing up. Last night the air was still, but heavy with humidity. The air had not cooled off all that much as of midnight so it felt really thick. As i got ready to come in i could see the flashes of "heat lightning", even though the sky looked clear with the almost full moon in radiant display. As i got into my car i could see the line of clouds that the lightning was flashing throughout. While it didn't rain while i was on my way to and from work it was a magnificent display of the incredible power of summertime Thunderstorms. I love thunderstorms. I found myself missing being out in the wood line at night, sitting in a field chair, with my rain gear on of course, and just watching a storm come through. Especially at night when the lightning flashes subtlety.
For whatever reason, it made me think of how man has learned to capture and use that power to some degree. Some might claim we have mastered it, but i will not. However, we can light up cities like Los Angeles or we can make pulses so fast and yet subtle (the power level equivilant of a barely noticable static shock) that we can use computers to display little characters and pictures on a screen from anywhere to anywhere ~ that has an internet connection ~ in the world. And then we can turn these "virtual" images, into "hard copies" in print. Amazing.
My Beloved and COWGIRL were coming through a thunderstorm from Johns Hopkins yesterday. High winds, hail, all that. She said that when they broke through the other side of the storm is was beautiful. While i did not get the sense that this was a sign from God or anything, it is a beautiful real world representation of how our walk through this world is - even for those of us who do not face sever trials like cancer. Our time here on Earth is but a poor reflection of what those who have their names in the Lamb's Book of Life will experience. For whatever reason Tunnel by Third Day has been playing over and over in my mind today, so i thought i would share.
I hope everyone who comes by to visit the "dojo" has a restful, thoughtful, and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. God Bless.