Wind Power

Yesterday was an exciting day. I don't want to be melodramatic, so I'm not going to say that I had a near death experience, but I do think it's fair to say that I had a near near death experience. It was a very windy morning here in Portland, which I was pretty happy about when I woke up. I like the sound of wind. And I like when trees look like they're waving at me. (I took several minutes worth of video on my phone of trees just swaying in the wind. It is truly unimpressive but I will probably not delete it for another 8-12 months.)

I would have been perfectly happy to stay inside all day, waving at the trees from my kitchen window, but I had a 9 am doctor's appointment to get to. I was pretty proud of myself because I believed I was going to get to the appointment 15 minutes early like you're SUPPOSED to but never actually do. I got in my car and I was only about 6 blocks from home when I saw the wind persuade an otherwise very healthy looking tree, right out of the ground. I saw it unfold like an accident, where you know it's all happening very quickly, but it feels like slow motion. I had a lot of thoughts during this 2 second period:

1. Hi, tree!
2. Oh no, tree.
3. OH NO, tree.
4. Oh good! It's not going to fall on me!
5. Oh NO, it's going to fall on that house.
6. Wait, what's this now?
7. A power line?
8. Uh oh, power line.
9. UH OHHHHH! Power line!

I swerved wildly and slammed on my brakes as the power line swung into my windshield. And then everything was fine. I wasn't on fire. I wasn't stuck under a tree. There were no other cars in sight. I pulled over to the side of the road and thought, "I might be late for this appointment." (I wasn't.)

People underestimate the wind. It's just AIR. Compared to snow and sleet and rain and hail, wind doesn't seem so bad. They don't even mention it in the Postman's Creed. I feel like wind doesn't get a lot of respect, unless it's part of a tornado. Basically, the wind really has to DO something before anyone takes it seriously. In this way, I relate to the wind and that's why I have to break things sometimes to get my point across.

A tree that couldn't hold its ground.

A tree that couldn't hold its ground.

In other news, I read an enlightening article today on wikiHow called "3 Ways to React if a Power Line Falls on Your Car." This article contains a lot of information that would have been more helpful to me yesterday, but I didn't end up getting electrocuted so all's well. But you should check it out. And the pictures are A+.

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