2009-07-19

A food festival, a concert and a wee storm


We went to A Taste of Edmonton on Saturday night, mostly to see the band "The Stampeders". They were a '70's Canadian band and there were only a few of those that made it big.

When we got there it started to rain just a bit and then a bit harder, then it stopped.








Then the skies started to turn back to blue.
















And changed their mind. The saying "if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes" applied last night.















So, we ate in rain showers and then had a brief respite. The band came on and while the clouds threatened, nothing much happened.




















It even seemed to clear a bit, for a little while anyway. Then the wind picked up and the great black clouds started rolling in. The band skipped over their new stuff to go right to the favourites and we started getting ready to leave.











This is what greeted us as we came out from around the seating area. We ducked into the subway, cleared the dust from our eyes and went to wait for the LRT. THIRTY minutes later we hear a slight noise crackling over the speakers.... no-one could make out what it said though. Fortunately some fellow called the ETS number and then announced that the train was not coming, so that passed by word of mouth.







We made our way topside and had apparently missed the worst of the storm, we made our way to this bus shelter before the rain began again, with big hail.



Here's a little video - no sound though.






video

I shot lots of video of the band and was so disappointed when I downloaded today to learn that I managed to turn off the mic at some point when playing with the settings. I don't even have The Stampeders on CD to upload a song to make background for you, sadly they are still on vinyl. There are lots of songs on youtube though ;)

The rest of the ride home was a bit freaky, the power was out just over the hill from that last photo, the ETS has changed bus routes, so we weren't sure where we were going to wind up, but we did manage to make it home, in spite of a couple of changes and transfers & walking in the much reduced rain. Good thing I have a little flash light on my camera bag!

More storm stories here.

Hope you all had good weekends and have a good day today.

14 comments:

Barrie said...

I remember The Stampeders!

kcinnova said...

The group name was familiar and then I clicked the link and of course I remember them!
You call that a wee storm? Yikes!

David Cranmer said...

The Stampeders need no introduction and it sounds like you had a fun filled mini-adventure.

I'm off to YouTube to reminisce...

Hilary said...

I thought about you first thing when I heard about that collapse yesterday. I'm glad you were not TOO close by. I loved the Stampeders back in their day and have a couple of those songs running through my head now. That's some storm.. with some very cool photos. Too bad the sound was turned off.

the Bag Lady said...

From what I saw on the news, you were lucky to have missed out on the worst of the storm!
Thanks for the reminder of the Stampeders - they were one of my favourite groups!

Leah J. Utas said...

Ummm The Stampeders have new stuff????
That's quite the storm adventure you had. Good pics and video. I'm glad you're okay.

Jay said...

Kind of a close call there. I don't mind the rain and will walk in it or whatever. But, gotta watch out for those big storms. Getting caught out in hail and lighting is dangerous! Cool pics though. ;-)

Barbara Martin said...

I recall the Stampeders! Great band of the west.

Awful rainstorm. I hate downpours!

Barrie said...

Hi Reb! I linked to you from the My Town Monday blog (http://mytownmonday.blogspot.com) Hope this is okay. ;)

Reb said...

Hi Barrie, glad you remember them. Thanks for linking.

Kcinnova, I love their music. What we experienced of the storm was wee ;) Not to mention we were lucky not to have any damage here at home.

David we did have fun. Glad you know The Stampeders.

Hilary, I am fortunate in where I live, most of the damage from storms misses my area. We lucked out on being underground when that cell went through dntn.

Sis, yes, we were - just some instinct that told us to take the LRT instead of a bus. Me too!

Leah, follow the link on their site, you can order direct. I'm glad I got the shots I did, gladder that I missed the worst.

Jay, I don't mind the rain and getting wet, but yes, I would rather be indoors to watch great storms like that one.

Barbara, yes, they are a great band. I don't mind storms, I just would rather not be out in them ;)

pattinase (abbott) said...

We've had some wee storms here today. But nothing collapsed.

Reb said...

Patti, I'm glad everything is still intact there ;)

Travis Erwin said...

all those festivals you are bound t have bad weather now and again.

Reb said...

Yes, Travis we do have it sometimes.