I woke up late this morning. There were amazing storms here last night. Around 9:45 pm, I suddenly saw a flash of lightning that looked like veins in the back of a hand, branching out. In the middle of the night a dramatic clap of thunder woke me. I marveled at how it rhythmically echoed away from my house, punctuated by another far-off clap of loud thunder as the echoes came to an end. It made me smile like a pleased and sleepy cat. And all of this drama knocked out my power, messing up my alarm clock.