[M.A.P.L.E. VI-19] Polygons #writephoto

The name of this week’s #writephoto prompt is called “Inside-out,” but I will, in addition to using Sue’s photo, complement it with a “Polygons” photo, as well as a recent photo of mine, to see how things go.


It was described as a castle during a rain storm, when water is seeping in through the windows.

This photo reminded me of weather and “Polygons,” as shown on the next map (courtesy Rusty Dawkins):


Which, in turn, will give two short stories related to Polygons and Thunderstorms, both from Lincoln.

During the summer after my second or third grade year, we went on one of our frequent trips to Lincoln (we were still living in Fort Dodge, IA at the time). At that point, I was still astraphobic (but maybe it wasn’t quite to the level of phobia). During that vacation, we stayed at the Residence Inn near 70th and O Streets in Lincoln. On one of the days of the trip, we ate breakfast at the Garden Cafe at 70th and A Streets, and I recall reading from the USA Today (maybe for the first time).

Don’t ask me why those details are so salient, whereas most of the remainder of the trip is a blur.

After we ate breakfast, we headed downtown. It was a cloudy day that threatened bad weather. Nevertheless, we went to the Nebraska State Capitol, a 14-storey skyscraper. This included going up to the observation deck, in a silo-shaped room (i.e. a circular cylinder with an approximately hemispherical ceiling. The lightning and thunder flashed and crackled, filling the top of the tower with frightening sound. Mom and Dad tried to reassure us that we were perfectly safe, but come on. I was between 7 and 9 at the time, and those kinds of fears aren’t always assuaged by parental intervention.

I didn’t return to that top floor for more than 20 years, until this last winter when Dina and I went up there, and there was obviously no fear factor. Here’s a picture from said trip, looking up at the ceiling:


Oh, and the word Polygons is borrowed from Ken Siemek of Channel 10/11 in Nebraska: he refers to any areas of severe weather warnings as Yellow and Red Polygons (corresponding to Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes), since they are often superimposed on the map as polygons (and frequently quadrilaterals). I have seen posts regarding these ever since 2011, particularly from my Aunt Lori.

And in Nebraska, severe weather leads to Polygon Parties, including watching the weather from the porch. I’d do that now, whereas 20 years ago? Not a chance in the world!


ארץ ישראל: ט”ז ימים (Israel: 16 days)

(Dirty?) Thirty: 45 days

אתמול היה שמונה ושלושים יום–שהיו חמישה שבועות ושלושה ימים לעומר

Today is the nineteenth day of the sixth round of M.A.P.L.E.: two weeks and five days.

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This post is a response to the #Writephoto prompt of Sue Vincent from 18 May 2017.


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