Tuesday, July 02, 2019
HAIL to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico!
Imagine my surprise when I picked up my phone about 9:15AM and had a Private Message on FBook from a friend wanting to know if I had any damage! Damage from what, I asked? The hail and storm............Nope, nada.
So, I got up, went out on the front porch, looked in all directions and all I could see was that the serpentine walkway from the gate to the house was wet. Not a bloom was blown off the flamboyant tree and no lemons or peaches from their trees were on the ground. Nope, nada.
Came back in and answered my friend that obviously we had not had the same storm although we are only ten minutes apart from our respective homes, depending on traffic.
Then, AFTER I had my first cup of coffee, I looked at Facebook and all the posts and videos. Absolutely amazing. Destroyed gardens and rooftop terraces, fallen roofs, caved in streets and piles of ice that was formerly hail, had hardened into what looked like snow. Nothing like anything I had
Later, about 11:30AM, Josefina and I moseyed up the libramento (the ring road around town) to the mall as I had an appointment for a mani/pedi. Since my fall about 10 weeks ago when the grocery cart ended up on top of me, I do not go long walking distances without an arm to hold onto. Hence, Josefina was with me.
It was a darn good thing. As we approached the mall, on the hillside, it was covered with white stuff.
Then as we attempted to walk on the sidewalk into the interior of the outdoor mall, there were buckets, danger tape and all kinds of markers showing where to and not to walk due to piles of slush, ice and water. What a mess! And dangerous. A quick way for a cane to slip and then, well you know........me to go with it.
When we arrived at the nail salon, it was more of "I can't believe my eyes". The interior had men everywhere trying to repair the sagging roof. All the comfy, nice furniture was outside and everything in the main room was covered with huge sheets of plastic. Luckily, their two ancillary rooms were not damaged and that is where people went for manicures and pedicures.
As I sat looking out the big plate glass windows, there was a pile of ice near the consulate office, that, of course, every little boy had to dip into in an attempt to make an ice ball. One little boy would gather a hand full, throw it up in the air and then run under it. Grinning from ear to ear. Delightful.
Not one little girl touched that icy, cold stuff.
As I left the mall at 2:30, I was astounded to see banks of white "stuff" still frozen in the parking lot near Soriana. Piled on top of this white bank of ice were kids and adults galore trying to have an ice ball fight. Hilarious.
Later, after returning home, I saw photos and videos from Mexico City of the city, in some parts, covered with about five feet of the same white stuff! Guadalajara had similar photos.
Truly, even though I grew up in Chicago and have seen snow as high as the top of a doorway, I have never seen a hail storm of such a magnitude. And, all of this occurred on July 1st!
What's next? I'm afraid to wonder............