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Old 04-20-02, 11:40 AM
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Had an interesting day in Arlington, VA yesterday. About 25C/68F on the morning trip to work, humid, light winds from the south. I left my jacket at the ofice and rode in slacks, short sleeve shirt, and tie -- with my rain togs on the back rack. Cool and comfy.

A bit after 2, a thunderstorm blew into the area. I work in a corner office in a high-rise, and the subsequent special effects were about like being inside a flashcube. Lightning struck a power pole just across the street. The transformer glowed briefly, then poured out smoke. Power and phone were shot, so I let everyone out of the office at 3:30.

When I started home, the rain had mostly stopped. I left my rain pants on the rack and wore my raincoat for just the first few miles. Broken branches and standing water had brought auto traffic to a halt on part of the route, so I made quite good time.

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