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A bumpy landing into Orlando Airport meant that a storm was somewhere around, and by the time we'd waited for customs to arrest someone who was on our plane and then queued our way through two 747's worth of immigration the heavens had opened. Fantastic lightning played across the flat Florida landscape, and tropical rain fell in skiploads.

We were picked up by a car service for the journey through the downpour to the hotel. As we drove along the toll road, there was one of those WTF! moments, as the driver answered a call (at least using a hands free). The conversation with a prospective client started normally, and then as the rain got ever heavier and as we approached a toll booth, he pulled out a pen and some paper and started writing down notes from the conversation, resting his pad in the centre of the steering wheel.

Now, I know Florida turnpikes are Roman road straight, and he probably does that journey several times a day, but still, torrential thunderstorm, dude! More concentration needed, not less...

Still, we're still alive.

And I now know something scarier than going round the Marques de Pombal roundabout in Lisbon at rush hour, or driving from Domodedovo Airport into central Moscow...

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cobrabay
Apr. 27th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
Phew, glad you arrived safely. BTW, did you know that more people are killed by lightning in Florida than any other state in the US. So remember, the Faraday cage is your friend.
marypcb
Apr. 27th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
yeah but how many more people are killed by lightning in Florida than any other of the states multiple hazards? alligators through water moccasins, with a side trip into hurricanes - this place is techncially not fit for human habitation
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