Squirl's Nest

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Don't sleep in the subway darling, don't stand in the pouring rain...

In my previous post I mentioned that The Festival of the Arts was in downtown Grand Rapids this weekend. It's supposed to be about music and arts of different kinds. But most people go there for the food.

Yesterday I had a hankerin' for (absolutely no snickering here now) a foot long chili dog. I finally decided to go get one and Ichabod said that he didn't want one but he'd accompany me.

When we started out the door it was sprinkling a bit. No big deal, it was supposed to rain, off and on, during the day. Then the drops starting getting really huge.

We'd past a number of awnings and doorways to shops/restaurants, but I figured, hey, it's only rain. Then the wind kicked up, the temperature dropped and it was miserable.

We quickly ducked under an awning of the restaurant, Louis Benton. While we tried to wait it out it also started to hail. Crap! The wind kept whipping and the rain and hail were not fun.

Finally it slowed just a little and we decided to make a run for it. We stopped at almost every place that we could in order to get away from it for a few minutes. The last stop available was the big overhang at the police station. It had slowed a bit by then and we decided to run the last block and a half. We were probably only about four-five blocks from home when we'd had to make the first stop.

I never did get that hotdog until this evening. But I did take some pictures yesterday that I'd love to share with you. Hope you had a great weekend!

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I really like this last one in the large size.
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21 comments

Blogger lawbrat said...

I love all the photos you take. You really have a talent. Sorry you didnt get the foot long chili dog- sometimes you have to give into the cravings.

Sun Jun 04, 09:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

Hail too! Rain is one thing, but hail is another.

I too am sorry you didn't get your foot long chili dog. Maybe next time.

Mon Jun 05, 09:20:00 AM  
Blogger Nina said...

Wow, what an ominous looking sky. I am glad you at least got your hotdog last evening. :)

Mon Jun 05, 11:06:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Lawbrat, thanks! Actually, I did finally get that chili dog last night. :)

Danielle, the weather was pretty nasty. It got kinda chilly too. But not chili until last night.

Nina, yeah, the sky was really gorgeous. I don't know if there were any tornado warnings as I didn't check the tv at that time. And I did enjoy the chili dog. :)

Mon Jun 05, 03:39:00 PM  
Blogger Ern said...

Wow, what a storm!

Mon Jun 05, 06:15:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Nice clouds!
Now that we're just a couple of weeks away from having a garage, I'm certain that we'll get a nasty hail storm that will damage our vehicles.

Mon Jun 05, 07:45:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Ern, it sure was. :)

tshsmom, oh I hope not. But I would love to have a garage. I hope you're able to fit your vehicles in there. Most people store so much stuff that there's not room for cars.

Mon Jun 05, 08:30:00 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

How ominous! I love how the sun seems to be tearing right though 'em, though. Too bad about the foot long - but then again, I say that frequently.

Mon Jun 05, 11:07:00 PM  
Blogger Bone Machine said...

Those clouds are extremely cool to look at, but I wouldn't want to stand under them.

Brain put a few of the Kentucky/Indiana variations up at http://brainwavesbutonlyifyouwavefirst.blogspot.com/

Tue Jun 06, 08:41:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Jim, bwahahahahaha!

Bone, they are cool... too look at!

Thanks, I'll have to check those out.

Tue Jun 06, 09:23:00 AM  
Blogger Effie said...

oh--didja get soaked through? That's no fun! And now I want a chili-dog...that sounds good...maybe supper! Today is much sunnier and warmer--at least up here--I hope it's warmer for you!

Hugs! HAve some of my apple pie!

Teehee--my word ver is: ifyax
and it makes me wonder about yacks...or maybe it's saying that Effie yacks too much....

Tue Jun 06, 04:07:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Great storm clouds!!!! I'm partial to summer thunderstorms anyway, but these pictures are wonderful!!

Tue Jun 06, 07:26:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Effie, yes, my clothes were still damp that night. Of course I laid them on the bed, not realizing how wet they were, so they didn't have a chance to dry.

The hotdog was good but I probably won't be having another one for a while.

And you just keep on yacking, ok?

Eclectic, I love summer storms, too. The cold, wind, and hail weren't too great to be out in, but it was a neat storm. Thanks!

Tue Jun 06, 07:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Amber said...

I snickered and wowza, I love the cloud pics!

Thu Jun 08, 12:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Amber said...

Squirl, I love how you spelled "chilly" as "chili" in your response to Danielle.

Not making fun of you, but it makes me want to laugh because I thought of chili falling down from the sky and covering everything!

Thu Jun 08, 12:56:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Amber, thanks! And, yeah, that is really a funny visual, especially with as hard as the wind was blowing. LOL

Thu Jun 08, 09:10:00 AM  
Blogger August95 said...

Great shots Squirl. Sorry you had to wait for that hot dog. Have a great day :)

Thu Jun 08, 10:46:00 AM  
Blogger hellokittn said...

The sky looked so much angrier in GR than it did in SL. I'm suprised.

You are getting pretty mean with that camera... is it time to bargain shop for a new one yet ;)???!?!??!?!?!

Thu Jun 08, 03:25:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Your photographs truly captured the majesty and gloominess of the storm. Sorry you never got your hotdog!

Fri Jun 09, 12:09:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

August, thanks! You have a great day, too. :)

Kittn, yeah, the lakeshore usually gets better storms. I'm still trying to decide what I want to do for a camera....

Nick, thank you. Actually, I finally got it on Sunday. Yay!

Fri Jun 09, 08:25:00 AM  
Blogger hellokittn said...

Me neither ;). Everytime I decide on a camera, something better that's on sale shows up. Then I wonder if I really want it or not and never end up buying anything.

I wish it would just buy itself ;)

Fri Jun 09, 09:43:00 AM  

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