Stormy Weather in ABQ

August 2, 2013 § 2 Comments

Stormy Weather in ABQ

Happy Hour. Storm of the Century in the Desert. Good Times.

Friday. Happy hour. Was planning to treat my Hot Tub Readers to dinner and drinks as a thank you for being my manuscript beta readers and helping me with my pitch. Totally ignored the NWS warning that beeped on my phone on my way downtown. Little did I know. . . 

  1. Hanging with the Hot Tub Readers @DianaGaiti and V at Apothecary Lounge.

    Fri, Jul 26 2013 18:15:00

    One second it was warm with a slight breeze, the next second, and I do mean second, the temperature dropped like twenty degrees. Sure felt like it, anyway.

We took our drinks and hightailed it back inside the bar. Then the power went out.

Cheers. In the dark. Storm shut off the lights.
And just like that, the city is pummeled with rain.

Fri, Jul 26 2013 18:36:26

Inside Apothecary Lounge, looking out on rooftop patio where we had been enjoying the view of the city.

Sadly, after serving us a chips and salsa platter free of charge and comping our drinks, they shut down the lounge.

Kicking us out of the bar. Gotta take the stairs down. Four floors. In heels. Nice.

Fri, Jul 26 2013 19:04:53

The Hotel Parq (like many establishments in New Mexico) is rumored to be haunted, and there we were, going down the stairs and through the halls in the dark. It was awesome. Especially when someone came out of their hotel room as we passed by, and V screamed and jumped.

Man. That hurt having to leave my awesome drink at the Apothecary Lounge. But we got the haunted hotel tour on the way to the 1st floor.
NWS: 89 mph wind gust recorded at the Albuquerque, NM Sunport Int’l Airport on Friday was the strongest since 1939
We sat out the storm in the hotel lobby, listening to sirens and-ahem-checking out the firefighters who came to rescue someone stuck in the elevator.
Pic by Boone Birdsell: Lightning strikes ABQ Friday morning. See more, read about the storm.
Pic of the lighting storm from early Friday morning. This plus the Friday evening storm killed power to businesses and homes all over the city.
Partial power, no cable or internet. Good excuse for a long midday bath while reading another chapter from “Entwined With You.”
Including mine.
No cable or internet, half the house has no power, but there is sunshine. Time to get out for a walk.
All weekend. No swamp cooler. No lights or fans in the bedrooms and bathroom.
The air is sweet with the smell of fresh cut pine trees, downed from the storm.
Just watched the infamous Breaking Bad “Box Cutter” ep. Held on to my neck for a good 2 minutes after THAT scene.
But I still had movies via BluRay and refrigerator. Blessings. Hmm. I put entertainment before food. What does that say about me?
Aftermath: Friday storms felled trees, power lines… via @ABQJournal
Over 30,000 people lost power. Even the zoo shut down for a day.
PNM working into the night to get my power back on. @PNMTalk
This was Tuesday night, 5 nights after the storm hit.
I have light in the bathroom again! And I totally just said to the mirror “Hello, gorgeous!” 4 days w/partial power will do that to you.
And I did a happy dance under the blast of the swamp cooler.

So, next Friday?

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