L is for Lopsided

My husband, Chris loves a great storm. Always has. While I have OTD (obsessive travel disorder), he has OSD (obsessive storm disorder).

He actually gets jealous when others get storms that he can’t have. Two words…Storm Envy.

His daily routine is check weather… check CNN… check work email and repeat. Over and over. In Guatemala, in Toronto, in Morocco, in Amsterdam… doesn’t matter… the routine repeats.

So chasing storms is a real thing. Not just reality TV. We live with it; uhm…  I mean him.

You know when too much of a good thing is no longer a good thing?

I can feel you nodding your head. Chris is nodding his too.

Off he went, on the road again, to be on the ferry again, to go to Newfoundland again.

But this time, this “again” would be different.

His storm gods had arrived and delivered. A wet, wild, and windy present of mess; all for Chris to open up and devour. He couldn’t believe his “luck”.

Chris meet Hurricane Ivan. Hurricane Ivan meet Chris. I am sure you two have a lot in common and will be great friends.

And so the relationship began. A little rocky at first; a bit hesitant and a tad shy. This is what Chris had always wanted, so he was motivated to make it work.

Others on board, did not understand their friendship. They stared, they whispered, they looked concerned. Reluctant to join in, they hunkered down on their own, refusing to believe any good could result.

As time passed, Hurricane Ivan tasted their scorn and lashed out with 14 metre waves crashing onto the fourth deck.

Chris, less sure of his newfound friendship, turned around. Screaming, tilting and vomiting surrounded him. Not quite how he had pictured this would look. Or even go down.

As the gifts began to fly off the shelves of the store, even the workers began to question whether Ivan was still welcome on board.

11 hours later, Chris decided to end his relationship. Lopsided but happy to see ground, he left it all behind.

Until the next storm, that is…

(Chris, my husband, attracts storms. Like a lightning rod. Danger pay should be included, at least when travelling with him.)

Happy boating from Chris, Cheryl and The Family C from A to Zeas.

Have you experienced a terrible storm? Do you like storms? I would love to hear from you.

 

 

30 comments

  1. seraireland · April 14, 2015

    The beginning of this post is great. I loved the way you described you and your husband. I am a mix of you both since I love storms and traveling.
    A few years back, we endured a huge ice storm that wrecked my whole state for almost a month and no one was prepared for this. But even so, I still love storms, I just make sure we are prepared or otherwise it wouldn’t be enjoyable.

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    • lovetotrav · April 14, 2015

      Yes, storms can be quite vindictive. I don’t like it when they are destructive. Like you, I prefer them when I am inside and well prepared with good food.

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  2. Romi · April 14, 2015

    This post is hilarious!
    I don’t like storms. –We have had huge typhoons, and snow storms. I don’t like them at all.

    http://romisdg02.blogspot.jp

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    • lovetotrav · April 14, 2015

      Thanks. I am only a fan of them when I am inside. And know I am safe.

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  3. bestthingsinlife1964 · April 14, 2015

    I love storms too but only from the safe confines of my home or a good sturdy cabin. Or, even better, a room at the Wickinnish Inn at Tofino!

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    • lovetotrav · April 14, 2015

      I agree. I like them when I am inside with great food and a fire going. Never when I am outside.

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  4. Fun post! Hee. Storm Envy.

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  5. Sarah Ferguson · April 14, 2015

    I’ve slept through tornado winds in a tent and had a tornado go straight through my neighborhood. Put this together with a host of other smaller storms and…you have a typical Midwesterner.

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  6. Ally Bean · April 14, 2015

    Thunderstorms can be refreshing. Well, at least after the storm is over, so I like them. But I’ve lived in places where tornadoes or hurricanes have caused amazing amounts of damage to property, so from my point of view they are bad things, not to be courted. But clearly your husband has a different, more exciting, point of view than mine.

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    • lovetotrav · April 14, 2015

      No, he has seen the damage too as we had two bad hurricanes hit eastern Canada as well with significant damage. He prefers the storms that don’t do that!

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  7. joannesisco · April 14, 2015

    I like storms too. Thunder, lightning … it’s very exciting especially to see (and hear!!!) a lightning strike close by.

    … but a hurricane while on a boat? Yikes. I felt a little nauseated just reading about it … and I probably would have been a sobbing mess.

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    • lovetotrav · April 14, 2015

      I would have been too. I think he was pretty worried too, honestly.

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      • joannesisco · April 14, 2015

        It’s a case of you better be careful what you ask for … you might get it! 🙂

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      • lovetotrav · April 14, 2015

        Absolutely! He is a little less fond of being “in the eye” of the storm now as a result.

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  8. SD Gates · April 14, 2015

    Been through typhoons in Japan and hurricanes in Florida (3 in one season). Those are some scary, scary storms, when the palm tree tops are bent over so far they are touching the ground. The power of the wind and rain is almost exhilarating but it gets old after several hours. I love a good thunderstorm any day (not something we see a lot of out here).

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    • lovetotrav · April 14, 2015

      Oh my! I can only imagine how intense those kind of storms would be. And I agree… scary. I also love thunderstorms. Had lightning and thunder the other morning and I thought it was so strange to experience it during the day and not night.

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      • SD Gates · April 14, 2015

        That’s true. Why do thunderstorms occur mostly at night?

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      • lovetotrav · April 14, 2015

        I don’t know. I actually woke my husband up to show him. He thought I was becoming the weather junkie. I was just so surprised to see it.

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      • SD Gates · April 14, 2015

        I miss storms. Now I just watch for drops in the barometric pressure and increasing humidity levels, looking for anything that might be a slight promise of rain coming. I should become a meteorologist – maybe when I grow up.

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      • lovetotrav · April 14, 2015

        Where do you live that you don’t have many storms?

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      • SD Gates · April 14, 2015

        California’s Central Valley – very little rain here. We had our last rain a week ago, probably won’t see another drop until November. I really miss the summer rains – those are the best!!!!!

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      • lovetotrav · April 14, 2015

        Oh, that makes sense. I won’t see much rain either soon when we move to Egypt! Just sandstorms!

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      • SD Gates · April 14, 2015

        Egypt – Wow that’s a big move. I would imagine – kind of scary too. How adventurous of your family! I remember when I moved to Japan, new language, new alphabet, new smells, everything that was so simple to do in the US – became this day long chore. But it was fun!!!! I missed 7-Elevens though (a lot!!!).

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      • lovetotrav · April 14, 2015

        Yes, my daughter who is 15 wonders how she is going to learn to read Arabic from left to right! She is thinking it won’t be nearly as easy to learn as French. As long as we can find ice cream (which I found a great gelato place there already) she will be fine.

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      • SD Gates · April 14, 2015

        Oh then you are set, everything is better with ice cream. Just don’t eat it in a sandstorm, might get a bit gritty.

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  9. Mom of 3 · April 14, 2015

    Storms bring both excitement and fear. I am a weather junkie…my kids tease me often about it. I would definitely pass on the hurricane though!

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