Struck by lightning
As most of my friends know, I’ve been struck by lightning four times – once directly, once off a tree, once off a railing and once through a land telephone line. I was also once briefly chased by ball lightning but it didn’t catch me. (Some of my theist friends say God’s throwing it at me, but if that’s the case He has been getting feebler each time and has given up or died for some years now.)
Apart from the first, which knocked me out for some indeterminate period of time (I suspect it was only a couple of seconds though) and gave me blinding headaches for a week, none of them did me any lasting harm, so I guess I’m pretty lucky. You might say that a really lucky person wouldn’t have been struck at all, but it does give me a story to tell that not many people can match.
The downside to that, of course, is that I’ve got no actual proof that it happened. There’s a medical report with an EKG in my military service record from after the first one, but it didn’t show anything unusual, so I don’t suppose that counts for much. That’s why I have to envy this lady who got struck in the same manner as my #3, with one important difference: she was filming the storm at the time!
Now that’s lucky! Her camera even kept working! The most fortunate aspect of all of course is that, like me, she took no harm from it. I hasten to add that lots of people struck by lightning (most, I expect) are hurt or killed by it, and anyway it hurts like you wouldn’t believe, so I strongly discourage my readers from trying this for themselves!!!