the rain isn’t over yet

Last night there was a huge, huge storm. I got the initial part of it while I was on my way home from work. I was drenched by the time I reached, but was just happy to be here so it didn’t matter much. Kritika was over and we were making some food when it started to pour; then the winds started. We were all a bit nervous. Our terrace doors swung here and there, we had to close everything to avoid getting rainwater in our house. All of our windows have quite a bit of an awning area to them so getting wet inside would be a rare occasion. I’m not sure the last time I’ve ever seen so much lighting or heard so much thunder; it hasn’t been while I’ve been here in India though.
After Kritika left our lights went. The storm went too, but it came back in full force not longer than a half hour after it left. I was exhausted; this week we’re conducting assessments at work and it’s quite exhausting. The thunder and lightning came back in full force and brought hail-style winds. Kritika reported that there were hailstones that fell in various parts of the city. Freaked out, Manoj and I decided to watch a Monty Python movie. The storm continued throughout and after the movie we started a documentary. Because the lights were out the fans were off and that lets mosquitoes have a field day. Fans usually keep them away. Fans also keep away the nasty heat wave that’s here right now too. It took until well after 2am to get to sleep. Manoj’s computer died a half hour into the movie and the storm was still in full force. I had to sleep with covers on in order to avoid mosquitoes but the covers also were pretty bad because of the heat.
When I woke up this morning to get the milk from the corner store, the street to the left of ours was flooded and there were branches down everywhere. Outside of the store on the street was flooded as well and I had to walk through calf high water in order to get to the storefront. One man found it funny (which it kind of was) and it was nice to see humor so early in the morning.
I spoke with some of the kids at the assessment today. They all spoke about the storm last night. Most of them spoke about water coming in their homes; one girl spoke about it landing on her head as she tried to sleep. I can’t imagine what it was like for them. I remember when I was their age I used to freak out during storms; last night I freaked out a bit too. It’s not fair that they should have to go through that. Tonight, our capoeira kids didn’t show up. I can’t think that it’s for any other reason than the fact that the water did something to their homes. It rained on my way home from work today again as well.
I had to stop at the local police station to finish my registration. It’s a pain in the butt. At first I was really nervous because the officer kept asking me why I was there and once he figured out why I was there he said my visa had expired. I tried to explain several times to him that I have already applied for my extension but haven’t gotten it yet, but he had to call the registration office anyway just to confirm. I had to get on the phone with the guy he called who apparently took my word when I said that I have already applied for my extension. I’m happy that things work like that here sometimes. Only after that did the officer finally give me the paper I had to fill out, took my documents, made me go across the street in the rain to make a photocopy, and signed my finalized paper. Even weary from a day of assessing I couldn’t resist going to Dorabjees (the big international supermarket) on my way home and picking up some treats.
I reached home to find my friends cooking crepes, passed out on the couch for a few minutes and then joined them like a real person. Tonight, sleeping before 12:00 so that I can continue to recover from last night.
Caxixi, our dog, is great.

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