Posts Tagged ‘Lightning strikes’

“May I Have Your Attention Please?”

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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A few months ago, a local power company repairman touched the wrong wire and got zapped by a zillion volts of electricity. According to the news report, Emergency Medical Techs found him lying on the ground, “talking and alert.” Alert? ALERT!? If it were me I’d be “alert” for the rest of my freakin’ life! No more of that, “Frank’s an intelligent boy but doesn’t pay attention” report card crap! I’d REALLY start paying attention after that – and maybe consider a different line of work.

An alternative  vocation didn’t seem like a good choice to Roy C. Sullivan, a US forest ranger in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Mr. Sullivan got struck by lightning – SEVEN TIMES. Say what? That’s right, Binky, the man got hit by lightning – seven times!

The first time was in 1942 when Roy was in a fire lookout tower. LOOK OUT! (Damn!) The 2nd didn’t hit him until 1969 when he was in his truck. The third? The very next year in his front yard. Number four got him in the ranger tower again, 1972.

When did Roy decide this was no big deal? Did one of his kids ever yell, “Ma! Pop got hit by lightning again.”

“Don’t worry kids – he’ll get up soon. And dammit, Little Roy, stop pressing that light bulb on him. You know that doesn’t work!”

Bolt #5 with Roy’s name on it got him in his car in 1973 with #6 only a year later when he was at a campground. In 1977, Roy decided to chuck it all and went fishing. You guessed it. The 7th and final Roy C. Sullivan Lightning Bolt hit him with his pole in the water. He survived.

Sometime between bolts three and five, Roy Sullivan got religion. I guess the man decided God was trying to tell him something. But first, He  had to get his attention.

One More Time and He Can Debate Sarah Palin

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

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Last week a local power company repairman touched the wrong wire and got zapped by a zillion volts of electricity. According to the news report, Emergency Medical Techs found him lying on the ground, “talking and alert.” Alert? ALERT!? If it were me I’d be “alert” for the rest of my freakin’ life! No more of that, “Frank’s an intelligent boy but doesn’t pay attention” report card crap! I’d REALLY start paying attention after that – and maybe consider a different line of work.

An alternative  vocation didn’t seem like a good choice to Roy C. Sullivan, a US forest ranger in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Mr. Sullivan got struck by lightning – SEVEN TIMES. Say what? That’s right, Binky, the man got hit by lightning – seven times!

The first time was in 1942 when Roy was in a fire lookout tower. LOOK OUT! (Damn!) The 2nd didn’t hit him until 1969 when he was in his truck. The third? The very next year in his front yard. Number four got him in the ranger tower again, 1972.

When did Roy decide this was no big deal? Did one of his kids ever yell, “Ma! Pop got hit by lightning again.”

“Don’t worry kids – he’ll get up soon. And damnit, Little Roy, stop pressing that light bulb on him. You know that doesn’t work!”

Bolt #5 with Roy’s name on it got him in his car in 1973 with #6 only a year later when he was at a campground. In 1977, Roy decided to chuck it all and went fishing. You guessed it. The 7th and final Roy C. Sullivan Lightning Bolt hit him with his pole in the water. He survived.

Sometime between bolts three and five, Roy Sullivan got religion. I guess the man decided God was trying to tell him something. But first, He  had to get his attention.