Decided to clean up around the edges of my pond on a beautiful Friday afternoon and was out swinging a ditch blade. I looked up across the pond and my 4 year old was coming over to help. I told him to come on over and as I did a giant bolt of lightning came out of nowhere and hit a tree ~50 yards behind me. It was crazy, blue skies and a couple of fluffy white clouds, then BOOM! He freaked out and froze; I freaked out seeing him freaked out before realizing I had a ditch blade in my hand. We headed for the porch at Usain Bolt speed (well, I'm a fatass, so it was probably more like a the speed of a mall-walker and the grace of a penguin.) Spent 10 minutes out on the porch afterward and did not see another strike. I've heard of these stories but never experienced it myself and it was as scared as I've ever been.
It took me about 5 minutes to stop shaking and another 5 to catch my breath.
I guess it's drinkin time!