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I just don't get it, they use to teach this stuff in school (thunderstorm safety) I also remember (50s-60s) seeing these cartoons on television teaching about down power lines and safety in an thunderstorm, I guess they don't have them anymore?

Anyone remember the Kilowatt mascot? (Ready Kilowatt) he used to do a bunch of safety tips and also with Juicy Fruit gum presents (have fun safely) just name a couple

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I can still dodge a tree easier than a lightning bolt. Having been indirectly hit (meaning it hit near me, and I got some of the residual, not a direct strike) 3 times, I can tell you it isn't fun. Only knocked me out once though... Third time, knocked out my buddy (he still had a foot in the water). Thank goodness he coughed it up after chest compressions. I did NOT want to mouth my buddy, hehe....

Sounds odd, I know, but I DO live in the lightning capital of the world, so.....

First time, I was a little kid, hit the house, and arced out of the light socket. Fried me in the hand as the power went out.

Second time, I was on the beach. The storm looked over, but wasn't. Hit the beach (making a nice fulgarite), and I was about 10' away. Knocked me down. My body tingled for a couple hours, and I had a pounding headache for the rest of the day.

Third time, I just got a good jolt. We were tubing in a river, and got to the exit. Trying to beat it. We saw lighting hit all around us, so wanted to get out quick. We did, and just as I got out, I saw the strike (don't even remember hearing it or anything), and felt my buddy fall behind me (he still had a foot in the water). Had to CPR him after pulling him further on the bank.
 
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remind me to only meet up with you indoors :)
Bah, it's been a decade or more since I last got hit.

I even have a tree though, that's been hit TWICE in the past 3 years. So that saying is BS....
 

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LOL, Oh, I do wear them if I go out in a storm. And a full Gordon's Fisherman style poncho, along with a cowboy hat that has a hat protector, LOL. (and usually a headlight, because you just know it's going to pour at night, so I have to first FIND the horses, to bring them in)....
 

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I can still dodge a tree easier than a lightning bolt. Having been indirectly hit (meaning it hit near me, and I got some of the residual, not a direct strike) 3 times, I can tell you it isn't fun. Only knocked me out once though... Third time, knocked out my buddy (he still had a foot in the water). Thank goodness he coughed it up after chest compressions. I did NOT want to mouth my buddy, hehe....

Sounds odd, I know, but I DO live in the lightning capital of the world, so.....

First time, I was a little kid, hit the house, and arced out of the light socket. Fried me in the hand as the power went out.

Second time, I was on the beach. The storm looked over, but wasn't. Hit the beach (making a nice fulgarite), and I was about 10' away. Knocked me down. My body tingled for a couple hours, and I had a pounding headache for the rest of the day.

Third time, I just got a good jolt. We were tubing in a river, and got to the exit. Trying to beat it. We saw lighting hit all around us, so wanted to get out quick. We did, and just as I got out, I saw the strike (don't even remember hearing it or anything), and felt my buddy fall behind me (he still had a foot in the water). Had to CPR him after pulling him further on the bank.
I've always loved storms. Growing up in fla. you get used to them almost every afternoon. I've never been hit but can probably attribute some of my deafness to the loud cracks from strikes near me. I used to work in a bucket truck and would see the storms rolling towards me. I think I pressed my luck more than once, and am greatful I never got called out on it.
 

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