Luck of the Irish, and We're Not Irish

@DianneN (59370)
United States
November 26, 2017 6:40pm CST
Just 8 days ago the newlyweds spent their last night in Bali, before flying to Hong Kong, then to Vancouver, and back home. This photo shows a view from their room of the rice paddies and a volcano. This volcano was active, meaning smoke was oozing from its cone. My new daughter-in-law posted a photo of it during a lunch. A perfect photo! Well, this volcano, Mount Agung erupted one time on Saturday and three times today for the first time in 50 years! Its ash covered many resorts and closed airports. What luck my sweeties had honeymooning when they did. I've been in a monsoon in Hong Kong, an earthquake in San Francisco, a 6.2 earthquake in Puerto Rico, and several hurricanes. You?
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@JudyEv (100819)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Nov
I haven't had any of these experiences, just been on the very edge of an earthquake where the cups rattled in the cupboard. We think Vince's brother is in Bali at the moment. He is leasing a house there for 12 months but I'm not sure if he is there or here, so to speak.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
Lucky you! The earthquake in Bali isn't as bad as the one 50 years ago, which killed over 1,000 people. I'm sure Vince's brother is fine.
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@valmnz (13155)
• New Zealand
27 Nov
Just a couple of major NZ earthquakes here.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
Major frightens me! Their scuba diving friend has a friend in Bali who sent them this photo today.
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@valmnz (13155)
• New Zealand
27 Nov
@DianneN that would frighten me. We've had a few 7+ quakes in recent years. Our whole country seems to be rocking and rolling at times.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
@valmnz Those are large!!! I hit my head on the hotel faucet washing my makeup off when the earthquake happened. Thank goodness there was no damage to the hotel, but I spent the next several days waiting for the aftershocks.
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@JolietJake (41205)
27 Nov
I've been in a 4.5 shaker (2008) and been blown off the road by a tornado (1984).
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
We had a minor earthquake here years ago. I thought the furnace was turning on. Tornadoes scare me the most! Glad you're around to tell about it!!!
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@JolietJake (41205)
27 Nov
@DianneN Danged thing popped up at night in the middle of a heavy rainstorm as I was going down the road...couldn't hardly see out the windshield and all of the sudden it felt like a big hand just pushed the truck sideways. I sat there shaking until things calmed down then finished driving home. Had to go slightly off-road to get around a grain bin it had tossed on the highway. Came back through the area the next day and about a half-mile from where it happened there was an oil rig laying on its side in a cornfield. 16 years later, I married a girl whose Dad ran a small oil drilling service...swapping stories with him one evening it turned out it was his rig I saw. Weird how life is connected sometimes.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Nov
@JolietJake That is an amazing story!!! You were both pretty lucky considering!
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@andriaperry (33078)
• Anniston, Alabama
27 Nov
Tropical storm in Florida, many tornado`s here
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
Tornadoes frighten me more than anything!!!
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@cahaya1983 (9575)
• Malaysia
27 Nov
I read about the volcano eruption in the news too. I've never experienced any extreme weather fortunately, just a few rough thunderstorms but not very very bad.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
Consider yourself lucky!
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@rebelann (32279)
• El Paso, Texas
27 Nov
YIKES, that's scary to say the least, you must have been terrified. I've never had the misfortune to endure horrible events like that and I can only thank the Great Spirit for sparing me.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
I didn't know what was happening during the earthquakes. I thought it was the rumbling of the subway in San Fran and kids running down the hall in our hotel in Puerto Rico. The monsoon made my sandal slip off in a puddle as we crossed the street to go shopping. Yes, I shop during monsoons. lol Our hotel was nice and cozy and we had the foresight to make reservations for dinner there. A plane from Taiwan overturned on the runway, and was still there the day after, when we flew home. Not a pleasant sight to witness.
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@rebelann (32279)
• El Paso, Texas
27 Nov
And you weren't scared @DianneN ? How brave.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
@rebelann Not at all scared. Snakes and spiders scare me. lol
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@YrNemo (8521)
27 Nov
Not that 'lucky' like you , just several bombing sessions (but they were faaaaaaaar away even if the noise frightened us badly!). On second thoughts, they were not that far at all, about 3 miles away I think (or less).
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• Jacksonville, Florida
27 Nov
I have only been through a few hurricanes. I'm glad they were safe!
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
Thank you! I'm so happy they are home safe and sound. We've had some nasty hurricanes up here, too.
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@yanzalong (8771)
• Indonesia
27 Nov
Lovely photo of a mountain and rice fields.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
Thanks!
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@sallypup (21887)
• Moses Lake, Washington
27 Nov
I've just driven roads that gave me the heebee jeebies cause I thought I could slide off into the ditch. There was that horrid time when there was tons of water on the road, folks driving like they were demented and the car feeling like it was going to flip. Ummmm. I made it to a store parking lot and sat for a bit before driving the hour more to home.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
That would shake me up, too!!!
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@AmbiePam (46158)
• United States
27 Nov
Just tornados for me. Hurricanes would scare me just as much.
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@allknowing (55746)
• India
27 Nov
No thank you. I would not want to be trapped in hurricanes, earthquakes .the works while on holiday I had a mini tornado here, though.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
Tornadoes frighten me more than anything, although I've never seen one here or traveling.
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@allknowing (55746)
• India
27 Nov
@DianneN It happened two years ago here and it was a mini devastation.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
@allknowing They are known to devastate everything in their path. I hope you were ok!
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• Rochester, New York
27 Nov
Years ago we had a very light tremor. I'm glad they honeymooners are enjoying themselves.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
Light tremors are better than large tremors. Thanks. The newlyweds are home safe and sound and very happy.
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@SIMPLYD (75326)
• Philippines
27 Nov
As I look at the picture, I thought it was taken from here in our province because of the ricefields and banana trees and the volcano. But then, the volcano isn't as perfect as our Mayon Volcano , though it could be I think in other places here in the Philippines. It's the first time I have heard of the" luck of the Irish", what does it mean?
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• India
27 Nov
@SIMPLYD Don't tell me you have the same view from your backyard with a live Volcano.
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@SIMPLYD (75326)
• Philippines
27 Nov
@nitirrbb7 Yes, in our hometown. In the subdivision where we live it is so visible too. Maybe you should browse on my old posts that has the Mayon Volcano on the background. Our office is at a mall by the sea and it has the full view of it. It's so beautiful but so dangerous. It's an active volcano.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
@SIMPLYD I remember your beautiful, but dangerous volcano. I hope it doesn't erupt again.
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@moffittjc (35680)
• Gainesville, Florida
27 Nov
I've only been through hurricanes, and that's enough for me!
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
Yes, those can be pretty mean!
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@moffittjc (35680)
• Gainesville, Florida
27 Nov
@DianneN I can deal with hurricanes. I'm afraid of earthquakes though!
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
@moffittjc I'm terrified of tornadoes!
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@DeborahDiane (16193)
• Laguna Woods, California
27 Nov
@DianneN - Wow! When I heard about the eruption today, I had forgotten that your family newlyweds were there! I'm glad they left before the full eruption! I have been in lots of earthquakes, most of them pretty small. Our home in Texas received damage from tornadoes three times while we lived there. I was home with a young child on two of those occasions. Our family also rode out Hurricane Chantal in Galveston while we were on vacation there, once. That was scary! I'm glad I have not been exposed to very many Acts of God in recent years!
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
Welcome home!!! Yes, the newlyweds were very lucky to have seen the active volcano and even luckier to have returned home safely. Tornadoes frighten me more than anything. Fortunately, one passed us a few years ago in Florida, but tore through Delray Beach.
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• Laguna Woods, California
27 Nov
@DianneN - Your newlyweds were lucky, indeed. I heard today there have been more eruptions on Bali, the airport was closed, and many areas were covered in ash. I'm sure that has been a scary situation for the tourists who are there now. Tornadoes frighten me, too. When we lived in Texas, tornadoes could pop up on a stormy day with virtually no warning. Most of the homes do not have basements. When I was home during the two tornadoes which hit our house, I got in the bathtub with my toddlers and laid a baby bed mattress on the floor next to us, in case I needed to pull it over our heads. They thought it was funny to have mom in the dry bathtub with them, so at least they were not as scared as I was! Not an experience I would like to relive!
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
@DeborahDiane I've been following the news in Bali out of curiosity and feel badly for all those trapped there. My kids would have considered it an adventure they didn't have time for. I'm so happy they are home safe and sound. The only problem they faced on their honeymoon was the lack of variety in vegan food for my new daughter-in-law. We had a tornado warning in Florida a couple of years ago, and were told to get in the tub if need be. I think our building was built purposely with all bathrooms and halls on interior walls for hurricanes and tornadoes. I can imagine your fright! At least you and your girls were safe.
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@Shavkat (46820)
• Philippines
27 Nov
It looks like a perfect volcano in the middle of the grassland.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
It was pretty then. Now, I'm not sure.
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@Shavkat (46820)
• Philippines
27 Nov
@DianneN Whoah! I think we better run, my friend.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
@Shavkat Many have. I would run seeing it smoking!
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@TRBRocks420 (62156)
• Banks, Oregon
27 Nov
I have never been through any thankfully.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
That's awesome!!!
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@snowy22315 (34194)
• United States
27 Nov
Gorgeous photo..earthquake and tornado both in the 11 years since I have been living here..lucky me!! lol
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
Thank you! At least you're around to laugh about it! Tornadoes frighten me more than hurricanes.
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@fishtiger58 (30689)
• Momence, Illinois
27 Nov
Yikes Luck of the Irish indeed. I have only been in one really bad tornado and that was in like 1968. I have however had enough of snow blizzards.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
Oh, my! Those tornadoes frighten me so much! During my last blizzard, we decided right then and there that we had enough! The next winter we were in our condo and cruising the Caribbean.
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@fishtiger58 (30689)
• Momence, Illinois
28 Nov
@DianneN I used to be afraid of blizzards as my husband had to drive 25 miles on country roads to get to work. Now when it's horrible out there neither of us have to go out in it, which eases my mind.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Nov
@fishtiger58 Because of a blizzard, we bought our condo in Florida.
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