|Back from Arizona
||[Sep. 5th, 2003|02:31 am]
|||||Do It Again - Matthew Sweet - Altered Beast||]|
Oy. Trip back was better than the trip out to my parents, but not by much. I didn't have any panic issues this time, although the anxiety level was higher than necessary for almost the entire trip. Fortunately, this time I had things to distract me occasionally. For instance:
I was driving along and, similar to the trip out, clouds on either side of me, but none that blocked the sun at all. I thought, "Man, it'd be nice to get out of the sun for a little bit." My mistake. As I rise over the next crest, I see a cloud on the horizon. It appears to literally go up a mile, and actually touch the ground. Lightning flashes are coming from it every minute or so. I look at the road and realize...I have to drive straight through the middle of it. It turns out the cloud formation didn't actually reach the ground. What I was seeing was the rain pouring down in nearly solid sheets. There is no gradual transition. I simply go from bright shining sun to not being able to see 30 feet in front of me because the rain is coming down that hard. I turn my windshield wipers up to high, and watch my driver side wiper go too far, and jump off of the windshield for a second. When it comes back, the wiper blade pops off of the wiper, and flies away in the wind. So, now I'm driving through rain coming down so hard and fast that it feels like I'm underneath a water tower that has a broken base. And I think "Okay, this can't get any worse." And so, the gods of irony send me hailstones...
I drive about five or ten minutes through this (at about 15 mph, with my hazards on), and finally break free. Just like going in, there's no gradual change. It just...stops. Five minutes later, the combination of wind and heat has dried my car back off, and other than the missing wiper (and some minor chips in the windshield), there's no sign of this ever having happened.
And strangely, that helped prevent a panic attack...
(I'll deal with the actual visit next entry...)