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Gather your friends and weather the storms

My napkin lifted off my lap and the raindrops flew sideways stinging my face even though I was under cover.  Another Alberta thunderstorm interrupted an idyllic and relaxing supper outdoors on the covered deck.  We had watched it brewing all around us for a while and decided to take a chance on eating outside.  We were able to sit in safety watching a magnificent lightening show and listening to the thunder crack. There was no rain or wind to complicate life.

We thought we might ride out the storm as spectators, without having to make any changes in our behaviour or activities.  It was kind of exciting.  We had the pleasure of the company of a former colleague, now a friend.  The three of us were visiting and sharing a simple supper together.  It was an impromptu storm party complete with burgers and friendship, until the wind arrived.

The wind came up suddenly, as if a gigantic fan in the atmosphere had been switched to high in an instant.  The burger on my plate moved, and my salad …

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