I'm sailing away!

@ElicBxn (60044)
United States
March 5, 2013 7:00pm CST
We had "Red Flag Warnings" up around here since yesterday because of the dry, high winds. I mean, they were REALLY blowing! I went to the store for my client this morning and I was nearly knocked off my feet by the wind catching on the legs of my jeans, and its NOT like they are bell bottoms or anything! I was thinking as I went in - I'm glad I'm not wearing my cape... I have a THING for capes. I got my first cape in 1968 on Carnaby Street, but it was a short cape and red. I got my first full length cape in 1971. Just to remind you, while I'm packing an extra "Elic" these days, I was once a skinny young lady. And when I was a skinny young lady, I had an interesting event happen with my cape. I was in college, it was Sunday and cool, not cold, but windy. I was walking down from the dorm toward the main part of campus, holding the cape out away from my legs because I don't like the wind blowing it around my feet. An especially hard gust came along. I kind of leaned back and was, literally, picked up and was airborne for about 6 feet. It probably wouldn't have been that long if it also hadn't been on a downward slope as well. One of the campus security guys had just driven up when that happened. He stopped and asked if I were okay. I asked if he had seen it, and he said he had. I told him I thought I'd be fine, I'd just be a bit more careful. I don't think either of us expected me to go sailing like a kite into the air. It didn't happen again. BUT, even with my extra ballast, I suspect I might've gotten airborne again today the wind was so high! Even though its still blowing, it has died down a bit. Crazy things happen to me, I'm glad I have had witnesses to some of the crazier ones! (Like the horse burping.) The wind is to die down and get colder tonight. Hang on, my friends up north, March has come in like a lion, but it should go out like the lamb! (Yes, I am speaking of our dear Lambie who is on here.)
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@BarBaraPrz (17243)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
6 Mar 13
Actually, around here, March 1 was very calm... I envy your "flight". I always wanted to fly, and would lean into the wind but never took off.
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@ElicBxn (60044)
• United States
6 Mar 13
Me too, flying would be a cool "super power" to have. However, I would want to have more control than I did, if it had been much harder, it could've knocked me off my feet!
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@AmbiePam (45702)
• United States
6 Mar 13
How high do you think we would have to fly before we didn't get bugs hitting our faces? And then, would we then smack into birds? Inquiring minds want to know...
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@BarBaraPrz (17243)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
6 Mar 13
Depends on how fast one flies...
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@bellis716 (4807)
• United States
6 Mar 13
We had exceptionally high winds a week ago yesterday with gusts up to 60 mph. Much damage all over town. The worst were the fires. If one house caught on fire, it would quickly spread to surrounding houses. Today was a repeat but not as bad. I had to travel the outer loop to take my husband for cataract surgery. I really had to hang on to the steering wheel. I was thankful that I no longer have my little GEO.
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@ElicBxn (60044)
• United States
6 Mar 13
I have an SUV, and while it sits high, it doesn't seem to have quite as much problem as the van used to. That's the 1604 loop? I've done the 410 many times when I used to have Trek friends down there.
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@bellis716 (4807)
• United States
6 Mar 13
Yes, 1604 is the "outer loop" and 410 is the "inner loop". However, there has been so much built outside 1604 that it it is no longer a loop around the outside edge of the city. Besides all the houses, there's a whole medical complex out there.
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@AmbiePam (45702)
• United States
6 Mar 13
That's pretty funny! I can picture that in my head. I took my dog Annabelle out today and I was afraid the wind was going to pick her up. I aeriously thought it might. She's a chihuahua, so she's small. She didn't seem to like the wind either because she ran past me, ran into the breeze way, up the stairs, and waited by my apartment door until I caught up with her to let her back inside.
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@ElicBxn (60044)
• United States
6 Mar 13
I had a cat, Hobo, his pix is in my photos, anyway, he HATED wind. If he went to the door and the wind was blowing, he'd stick his head out and then duck back inside. He wouldn't go out if it was blowing hard. Never knew why he hated it so much.
• United States
7 Mar 13
it's pretty windy here too.the snow has been trying to stick all day,but it's too warm.i hope it doesn't.i pulled my rib and not in the mood to shovel.
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@ElicBxn (60044)
• United States
7 Mar 13
I hear ya! I'm coughing so hard my back hurts... oh, and then there is the headache!
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• United States
8 Mar 13
i actually haven't had the headache with the hell flu..but this straining ribs is for the birds.i never used to do that with flu.last two years i have tho. getting old sucks LMFAO
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@ElicBxn (60044)
• United States
9 Mar 13
I haven't pulled my rib, but they sure hurt from coughing!
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
6 Mar 13
Cool! The Flying Elic! That would have made quite a hit as a Youtube video! I laugh because I can identify. That actually happened to me once, although I was not wearing a cape. Back in the 70's I had a thing for tunics over blouses. One of my chores at work was to take the mail to the corner mailbox. We usually had maybe a full box (the size that letter-sized paper or copy paper comes in) full of mail. So, this was an especially windy day, warm but very windy. I'm in my tunic that began flapping around the second I set foot outside. I was lifted off the ground at one point but only for a second or so and only an inch or two. I was very glad that I was holding onto that box! It was enough extra weight to keep me from being "gone with the wind". I was extremely slim back then, too, or, as I liked to call it, svelte (or "skinny" in Swedish). I couldn't gain weight no matter how much food or milkshakes I shoveled into me. I learned to always carry some extra ballast with me back then. These days, I doubt I'll ever be airborne again but the wind has shoved me around quite a lot on very windy days. I hope you're right about March going out like a lamb, although I'm thinking of a real lamb. MyLot's Lambie can be quite feisty at times. We just got slammed with about 15 inches of snow. The storm ended much sooner than predicted and I'm extremely happy about that! It was supposed to last until midnight tonight so I don't even want to imagine how much snow we would have gotten in that scenario. Fifteen inches is too much as it is, especially with Spring right around the corner! Stupid Pennsylvania groundhog! Early Spring, my azz! What a liar! I'll never believe that rodent again. Hmmph!
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@ElicBxn (60044)
• United States
7 Mar 13
1973! way before anyone even THOUGHT of the internet! I don't think I got very high, maybe an inch or two, and when I pulled my arms in, I came down, but it was only a gust. There had been times when it took two of us girls leaning on the door to get out of the dorm! There were two high rise dorms and it caused a strong eddy or something making pushing out the door extremely difficult! And that ground hog is wrong more than right!
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
7 Mar 13
You reminded me of a class I had in college, 3-Dimentional Design. There was a nun in that class with me who was about as tiny as I was. At the end of some of the classes, the instructor picked someone to carry out leftover concrete that had been mixed for anyone who wanted to use that as a medium and put it in the dump outside. He had the two of us do it together, calling us the "two 90-pounders". He wasn't far from it, I weighed 95 pounds. I never did ask what the nun weighed. Oh, when I mentioned the Youtube video, I mean that it would be awesome to see something like that now or take an old "Super-8" 8 mm video and turn it into a digital video. I simply meant that it would have been awesome to see. It happened to you and it happened to me (not nearly as far as you but still...) and I'm sure it has happened to lots of others but I've never seen a video anywhere of anyone being picked up by the wind. That really would be cool to catch on a video. Okay, now I'm curious. I'm off to go on a world wide web hunt.
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@ElicBxn (60044)
• United States
7 Mar 13
If ya find it, post it! I'd like to see it!
@GardenGerty (90000)
• Marion, Kansas
7 Mar 13
I have also owned a cape or two in my day. One made of upholstery material, lined with quilted bedspread material. It was heavy enough not to blow away. I loved it in the snow cause it was like wearing a blanket. I do not know what happened to it. I would have liked to see you flying. Bundle up warm and sleep well tonight, no flying allowed after dark.
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@ElicBxn (60044)
• United States
7 Mar 13
I'm home for the night... so's Maggiepie after a quick visit to the ER to find out that her trach tube was plugged. I was actually able to get her into my car! **see Elic faint**
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@GardenGerty (90000)
• Marion, Kansas
7 Mar 13
That would be quite an accomplishment.
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
6 Mar 13
What fun to get airborn that way. I would have loved to seen it. OUr wind was so high the other day thought it was going to take my car door off never been airborn but sometimes I feel like I might get blown away with the high winds am alreaady tired of the MArch winds but then we had some of them in Feb. Seems like we ge the wind every other day
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@ElicBxn (60044)
• United States
6 Mar 13
I was once caught in a thunderstorm on the freeway that blew over a trailer with canoes right in front of me. It would've been on me, but I saw it coming and put on my brakes. I pulled over after that!
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
7 Mar 13
yup I would have too after seeing all that fal I would hav e to calm down a bit before driving on and I have had to pull over in down pours for I couldnt see the road
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@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
6 Mar 13
Someone said the groundhog should be shot, and I agree. Today we have about 8 inches of snow, sure doesn't seem like an early spring to me! I like capes to, but only have one, and don't wear it much anymore. It isn't realy warm, and as I get older, I get colder. I was using my walker one windy day, and the wind blew my walker and me over.I knew that it doesn't take much wind to knock me over, but I thought the walker was more stability. It would have been funny to see you fly!
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@ElicBxn (60044)
• United States
7 Mar 13
That ground hog has been wrong more than he's been right. I'd say - the big deal is for fun, never to be taken seriously! I don't even pay attention to it, never have.
@dawnald (84126)
• Shingle Springs, California
6 Mar 13
I used to have a coat that was a cape, thick wool, no sleeves, holes for the arms to come out. I loved that thing. Wonder what ever happened to it.
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@ElicBxn (60044)
• United States
7 Mar 13
None of my capes are especially warm, but also none have arm holes... think Dracula cape without the red inside... Now I have 2 black capes, and 2 or is it 3 purple ones... and the red one that is actually wool but not very warm...
@sugartoes (33589)
• Greencastle, Indiana
11 Dec 15
:} I don't mean to laugh but that I could really vision so I had to chuckle I bet you careful about what you wear when huh? I know I would be. I've never had a thing for wind like that :{