In my last blog (‘You Don’t See this Down South’) you may have read about the lost table which departed over my balcony in a recent storm. Well I have it on reliable advice from the local delicatessen owner that it was found soon afterwards.
As quickly as the table was whipped off the balcony it was flung Northwards on the wind where it crashed into the top of the crane erected upon the construction site of the ‘ZEST’ apartments being built on the opposite side of the street.
One of the workers commented that it hit the crane with such force that it simply exploded into hundreds of bits of metal and timber! apparently the same worker went on to comment that the construction site was littered with debris from the 15 minutes flash storm and they filled a commercial skip with waste. All the junk caused a fair bit of damage and took them half the day to clean up!
This got me to thinking about Karma! It is a funny thing the way that the cosmos works. In one of my first blogs (‘And Today’s Darwin Award Goes to’) I spoke about how the guy running the ZEST apartment development was a clown in search of a circus! Well nothing has changed over the last months as they continue to frustrate the residents surrounding them with noise and interruptions. So it is sort of fitting that we got the opportunity to throw some crap back at them for once.
It may not be Karma at an equal level however maybe it is just the start of a beautiful relationship……we are heading into the Cyclone season Mr Anthony….this could be the beginning of your time in the spotlight?
I hope that’s the way Karma works!
Talk about the calm before the storm!
There are a lot of crazy things to which we say ‘Only in Darwin!’ however for once I am directing it toward the weather.
Yesterday I wandered downstairs at 6.30am to pump out some laps in the pool before starting the day (Inspirational eh…..You would think I was an athlete! Until you saw me that is!)……anyways when I got to the pool I had never seen it flatter. You could have dropped a coin in there and watched the ripples like a millpond.
Following my swim in the time it took me to get in the lift at level 5 and return to level 19 all hell broke loose…..Darwin weather just turns that fast!
The wind ripping over my corner balcony was so intense that we had time to stack 8 chairs and drag the massive glass top table further into the corner to try to move it from the wind tunnel.
Fortunately the storm front hit us full on which caused me to lock the double glazed ‘cyclone proof’ sliding doors as not 2 minutes later the wind unceremoniously lifted a 40kg sheet of 3m x 1.5m safety glass straight out of the top of the table then smashed it into a million pieces against those same doors.
The table base (Weighted in the legs by sand) was then described as ‘looking like a magic carpet’ rising at one end, dipping then surging forward and careening off the 19th floor over the side never to be seen again! That thing weighed about 40Kg and had no large surfaces on it to catch the breeze…..I’d show you a picture but Hey it’s gone! So you will have to do with what was left afterwards below.
We raced to the window to see where it was going to land and luckily did not stick our heads over the edge as a balcony chair from level 24 would have knocked them off as it went whistling by!
10 minutes later and it’s all quiet with birds chirping in the sunshine half an hour after that…..You would think that meant the storm front was pretty harmless? 62mm of rain recorded and winds of 180kph…..not bad for a quick blow!
So if anyone has seen the table give me a call as I can arrange to collect it or alternately drop the chairs off for you!