lightning on ice!

so last night, playing my pickup hockey game out at Trout Lake, the building was hit by lightning. Well, I don’t know this for sure, but all of a sudden, there was a great loud boom, and all the lights went out, leaving us poor skaters all in the dark on the ice. Moments later, the emergency generator kicked in, and we were dimly lit: enough to safely skate, not nearly enough to actually play. However, shortly, the caretaker figured out which switch to flick and we got our lights back. Interestingly, the lights in the hockey rink take a long time to warm up. I think it was about 5 minutes before they were all at full-glow.

14 Replies to “lightning on ice!”

  1. hey, i was sitting in my apartment, having a beer with an old friend (near 1st & victoria) and there was a *tremendous* flash followed immediately by an equally impressive burst of thunder: i guess this was when you were hit: wow! i kinda thought it would have struck higher ground.

  2. hey, i was sitting in my apartment, having a beer with an old friend (near 1st & victoria) and there was a *tremendous* flash followed immediately by an equally impressive burst of thunder: i guess this was when you were hit: wow! i kinda thought it would have struck higher ground.

  3. Just surfing around, I got to your nice site here. I really like the logo you have, and the layout works very nicely.
    I don’t want to be a dick, but Movable Type sites aren’t 100% valid HTML 4.01, or even XHTML 1.0 Transitional – which is the standard that MT uses. You may want to reconsider that link to the W3C validator; considering it returns “This page is not Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional!”
    I use MT on my site, too. I was dissapointed to see that it uses depreciated tags and improper closures all over the place.
    Keep up the slick looking site, mate.

  4. Just surfing around, I got to your nice site here. I really like the logo you have, and the layout works very nicely.
    I don’t want to be a dick, but Movable Type sites aren’t 100% valid HTML 4.01, or even XHTML 1.0 Transitional – which is the standard that MT uses. You may want to reconsider that link to the W3C validator; considering it returns “This page is not Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional!”
    I use MT on my site, too. I was dissapointed to see that it uses depreciated tags and improper closures all over the place.
    Keep up the slick looking site, mate.

  5. Hey Brian – yeah, I thought about the high ground thing also.

    I wonder if it has to do with the large amount of equipment and lights having the right kind and amount of charge to attract the stroke (the ice rink is one of the only such buildings in that neighborhood – although Safeway or the Skytrain would be nice targets – and I figure that warehouse-style construction uses a whole lot of uncoated metal).

    It would also be interesting if the big solid ice surface is charged and/or if the metal blades against it creates the right electrical conditions.

    However, I’m talking out my ass. Anybody know anything about electricity out there?

  6. Hey Brian – yeah, I thought about the high ground thing also.

    I wonder if it has to do with the large amount of equipment and lights having the right kind and amount of charge to attract the stroke (the ice rink is one of the only such buildings in that neighborhood – although Safeway or the Skytrain would be nice targets – and I figure that warehouse-style construction uses a whole lot of uncoated metal).

    It would also be interesting if the big solid ice surface is charged and/or if the metal blades against it creates the right electrical conditions.

    However, I’m talking out my ass. Anybody know anything about electricity out there?

  7. Hey Fresh.

    Actually, if I remove the RDF from the site, it is entirely valid — it’s impossible to validate that, so I figure that this counts. Although, seeing as no one has ever made use of the feature, and I’ve no plans to, I’ll probably remove the tags shortly. And no, MT is not valid out of the box. However, I did go through the site and properly close things and jiggle things post-install. It’s like buying a new computer – it’s always well worth it to format and re-install fresh, rather than using the OEM install.
    I’ve also added some coding that makes things that traditionally invalidate valid in the content.
    And despite my protestations to validity, thanks for the compliment on the site, layout, etc.

  8. Hey Fresh.

    Actually, if I remove the RDF from the site, it is entirely valid — it’s impossible to validate that, so I figure that this counts. Although, seeing as no one has ever made use of the feature, and I’ve no plans to, I’ll probably remove the tags shortly. And no, MT is not valid out of the box. However, I did go through the site and properly close things and jiggle things post-install. It’s like buying a new computer – it’s always well worth it to format and re-install fresh, rather than using the OEM install.
    I’ve also added some coding that makes things that traditionally invalidate valid in the content.
    And despite my protestations to validity, thanks for the compliment on the site, layout, etc.

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