Friday, October 1, 2010
I love dragons
When it rains, it pours. At least it did yesterday - something like 6 or 7 inches of rain arrived during a thirty-six hour period. Wow. It was a thick, hot rain, fueled (or so the weather people said) by moisture from the Atlantic AND the Pacific, from the remnants of tropical storm Nicole, and from a front moving through. It was a quadruple whammy, it really was.
There was a tornado (in southern Maryland), severe thunderstorms, severe wind. In the midst of all the craziness yesterday morning, mysterious smoke began pouring up out of the manholes on H Street NE here in the District.
Over-the-top weather like that means - to me - that dragons are about. I've written about dragons here before, so I won't go way into it. Briefly: I think dragons are forces of nature that somehow organize themselves, becoming greater than a sum of their parts. Big earthquakes mark the presence of earth dragons, hurricanes are a hybrid of water and air dragons, volcanic eruptions and thunderstorms are fire dragons.
If you're thinking, OMG Reya is such a nut case, well, you're probably right. Still, when I see eyebrows raising, eyeballs rolling around when I talk about dragons, I always ask people to look at this picture, an aerial view of the coast of Sri Lanka, taken just after the 2004 tsunami hit. You can very clearly see the water dragon in the picture. Its head is turned out to sea. You can even see scales - incredible capture. Yeah, I might be a few chips short of a fish dinner, but I'm not the first person to have a relationship with dragons, yes? C'mon. In many cultures around the earth throughout history people have known about dragons. It isn't just me.
Yesterday the drakes were out in force here on the east coast, above and below us. Whew, what a day! I love dragons, but I also respect their power and wildness. Hence I stayed indoors most of the day, cleaning house and making salmon curry for friends who came for dinner last night. And now, all of sudden, it's October. It's almost chilly out there, just like that. Snap.
Thanks my dragon friends, for whipping through and taking the last vestiges of summer up up and away! I'm so ready for October. Voila!