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Well, I've been sitting here, trying to figure out what to do for Day 20 and I was half resigned to the fact that I'd have to see if anything came to me tomorrow.  Well, other than the philosophical question I was asking myself today...

I'm supposed to be cleaning and packing up crap my very important belongings so I can get the house ready to (hopefully) be sold.  I'm....not making much progress....*ahem*

Anyway, I was wondering why it is I can play a computer game for hours and it feels like 15 minutes, and I can do housework for 15 minutes and it feels like hours (and hours and h o u r s......).  I mean, do I have a black hole right here in my office/computer?  Am I bending the space/time continuum using only the power of my mind??  Where is Mr. Spock when you really need 'im!?  (erm...yes, I've been away from people for 4 days now...I think it's starting to show...)

BUT that's not what I'm posting as an item for this meme.  No, I'm going to share some trivia about my hometown in Saskatchewan.

Now, I come from a small town*.  And I mean a small town.  As in, population 50.  On a good day.  When the relatives were visiting.

And yet, this little town holds a record!!  We had the biggest hailstone in Canada fall in my hometown in 1973!!  \o/  whooohoooo!  \o/  To convert to American, it weighed about 8 ounces and was about 4 inches in diameter.  Other websites have it at about 10 ounces, but still about 4 inches in diameter.  Or, if you're like me and measurements don't really mean much, it was about the size of a softball.  They were all the size of softballs - and there were a lot of them.

I remember that storm - it broke windshields, dented cars, completely destroyed all the crops, killed geese and chickens, injured dogs.  My dad was working in the field and we never had a tractor with a cab on it.  I remember standing with my Mom at the window, watching these huge, HUGE hailstones pelt down, staring at the tractor where it was stopped in the field, and my Mom just saying "be under the tractor; be under the tractor" over and over and over.  We didn't move from that window until we saw Dad get back on the tractor.

To top it off, we made the record books, although my Mom swore the hailstones were bigger than the scientists knew, because of course by the time people thought to save any, the hail had already started to melt.

So, there you have it!  My hometown's claim to fame!   :D

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* We-ell, actually I come from a farm two miles away from town.  Peak population:  10.  Plus assorted relatives, friends and neighbours who were always around.  Good times....  :D



30-Day Meme:
  1. Favourite Song - July 9. 2010
  2. Favourite Movie - July 10, 2010
  3. Favourite TV Program - July 11, 2010
  4. Favourite Book - July 12, 2010
  5. Favourite Quotes - July 13, 2010
  6. Whatever tickles your fancy. - July 14, 2010
  7. Photo that makes you happy.  - July 15, 2010
  8. Photo that makes you angry/sad.  - July 16, 2010
  9. Photo you took.  - July 17, 2010
  10. Photo of you taken over 10 years ago.  - July 18, 2010
  11. Photo of you taken recently.  - July 20, 2010
  12. Whatever tickles your fancy.  - July 21, 2010
  13. A fictional book  - July 22, 2010
  14. A non-fictional book - July 24, 2010
  15. A fanfic - July 25, 2010
  16. A song that makes you cry (or nearly)  - July 26, 2010
  17. An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)  - July 28, 2010
  18. Whatever tickles your fancy.  - July 30, 2010
  19. A talent of yours - August 2, 2010
  20. Missing – so, whatever tickles your fancy - August 3, 2010
  21. A recipe.
  22. A website.
  23. A YouTube Video
  24. Whatever tickles your fancy.
  25. Your day in great detail
  26. Your week in great detail.
  27. This month in great detail
  28. This year in great detail.
  29. Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days.
  30. Whatever tickles your fancy.

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onceiwasaturtle
Aug. 6th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
That sounds like it was a crazy hailstorm!
shirleyann66
Aug. 6th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
It was!! Probably one of the reasons thunderstorms scare me to this day. :D

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