Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A Dangerous Hobby

I've taken up a new hobby over the last few months that I thought I would share with everyone. I've taken up storm chasing. For those who don't know storm chasing is the hobby where instead of moving away from storms I follow them to try and get as close as I can to the action and maybe try to get some good pictures of the action. In the tornado alley of North Texas this can get pretty hairy. If you've ever watched the movie Twister then you know what I'm talking about.

There are different types of storm chasers. Just like everything else different things appeal to different people. Some times geography, etc. come into play as well. Some people follow hurricanes, some tornados, some people even look for tsunamis and hail storms. We're all basically the same though. We accept the inherent danger in what we do and forge ahead because of our passion.

I recently asked Q to help me to get some of my pictures from my chsing off of my phone and onto the computer so that I can share them with you, my extended blog family. He has obliged and now I will share a couple with you. Enjoy.

This first one was a picture I took a couple of months ago. After we were hit by what seemed to be the 100th rain of the summer. I don't think the picture truly conveys the immense size of what I was facing or how fully formed it was. That's one of the challenges of storm chasing though, so I'm still proud of what I got.

The second picture was taken while I was in hot pursuit. As you can see the local law enforcement was trying to keep people away for their own safety. This bad boy ranked as an F-4 class rainbow and it's amazing that I was able to get this close to it.

17 comments:

Q said...

You have to rate an F-5 on the scale of...

Tera said...

Hmmmm, are all of the Crotch Wizards fond of the "rainbow..." interesting...

Gyuss Baaltar said...

You are a madman!

Dagromm said...

Q - On the scale of thrill seeking manly men? At least.

Tera - I'm not sure what you're insinuating, but I'm drawn to the danger as much as anything. I can also guarantee you that after a big storm chase I have lots of hetero sex. Near death experiences do that to you.

Gyuss - Some have said as much, but I'm a glutton for danger.

Q said...

"after a big storm chase I have lots of hetero sex"

Dude, what we have isn't hetero sex by any stretch of the imagination.

NoRegrets said...

Beware of the double rainbows! What, are they like F-15's?

Dagromm said...

Q - What you have is masturbation. What I have is copious amounts of hetero sex.

Nore - I'm not sure that even the Coast Guard or FEMA have gotten close to a double rainbow before! That's like the holy grail of rainbows.

Susan said...

I'm normally one to avoid danger but I think I may take up this storm chasing.

Cyber D said...

I'm told one can become a very rich man if you actually catch one of those things.

Dagromm said...

Susan - I'd feel terrible if anything happened to you, but you are an adult and I can't stop you.

Cyber D - Where da gold at?!?!?

Churlita said...

Rainbows, huh? Are you into unicorns and Strawberry Shortcake,and My Little Pony Too?

Dagromm said...

Churlita - I'm not sure what you're implying, but yeah, sort of. Those things and being completely hard core and extreme.

EsLocura said...

It's a beautiful thing to see such a wild and daring side of you. Just exactly what is over the rainbow?

Nina said...

That's cool. I don't think I'd be up for the chase but luckily we have you to do that for us and relay the pics. Thanks!

Tera said...

I'm not sure that I've ever had a near experience, but I like sex! Hetero sex that is!!! :)

My Sweet...you are so brave :) I'm with Nina...we'll let you keep us posted ;)

Dagromm said...

Eslocura - That's a good question. Many have tried to conquer the multi-colored demon and master it's many secrets, but I don't think that's something that man is destined to ever know.

Nina - When this wolf gets the scent it's hard to hold me back from the chase. I'm a predator.

Tera - Any of us could die on any given day, so I go to bed each night with the understanding that I just defeated death yet again. Life is exciting like that.

heather said...

you need to follow the link over at my place to danger doll's place. according to her comment directions, she shits rainbows. ;-)