Monday, April 16, 2012


It was afternoon feeding time, and I was settled on the futon with baby Meego watching the literal "boob tube".  The local news was on, and there on the screen was an Indian (Native American) with eyes closed and  hopping, slowly turning, chanting.

Fluffy snowflakes fell all around him.  It was magical.

We lived in Utah at the time and it had been a dismal winter snow-wise.  There was much fretting about low reservoir levels for the upcoming summer.  It hadn't snowed in weeks, and there was none in the forecast. 

We also happened to live near three ski resorts.  Ski resort owners aren't ones to sit around and wring their hands when nobody goes skiing, they are solution finders.  Their solution was to hire this Hopi dancer to come do a "rain dance", which in wintertime is actually a snow dance.

And by golly if it didn't work!  I vividly remember that image from my TV screen.  The dancing, the chanting, the snowing.  It was mesmerizing.

I think the thing that most struck me about the dancer is that he didn't look at all surprised.  There was no break in his steps once the snow started falling.  He just kept on hopping and turning and chanting, oblivious to the news cameras. 

I don't know how he did it.  Coincidence?  Lucky timing?  Was it real?

Last week, I had three roof guys come and look at our roof.  We would like to get a new one.  Ours has these obsolete t-lock shingles, and until we get new shingles, we don't have any options as far as home insurance goes.  I like having our options open.  Competition is good, especially with two teenaged drivers on our auto insurance. 

All three roofers told me that we're borderline as far as "needing" a new roof.  Whether or not insurance will cover the job is at the whim of the adjustor.

So, I'm thinking that some decent hail damage would be good about now.  I know it's early in the season for hail, but not totally out of the question. 

Could I find me a "hail dancer"?  Much like that Utah snow dancer?  How much do you think they charge?  Could I get an order of roof-damaging hail that wouldn't damage the cars, plants, etc.??

So... what do you think?  Craigslist maybe?


ShadowRun300 said...

Hmmm... I suppose if the Native American dance was mesmerizing because of the slow turning and chanting - similar to snow flakes- then hail would probably require something like the Irish dancers. You know the ones whose legs are the only things that move, and they move fast and furiously. As far as getting their aim correct, only hitting the rooftop,..... well, I haven't figured that one out yet.

Abby said...

Oooh, very adept observation! Are you applying for the position?

Judy said...

What is this - too early for hail??? maybe for you, but we've had more than our fair share in Texas so far (although none here, and we are ETERNALLY grateful for it)...maybe you can ship your roof to Dallas for some damage?

agg79 said...

Hail? I wouldn't count it out just yer. We had hail down south of here just yesterday along. Perhaps you could enlist the aid of ShadowRun's River Dancers and have them dance up a storm on the roof. THAT might do the trick.

Scott said...

Faith is an extremely powerful force. It probably was not coincidence that rain fell in the wake of the Hopi's dance--especially because he was totally focused on what he was doing, oblivious to the skepticism and technology around him. I believe many miracles like this occurred before the Enlightenment--before science superceded faith as our source of "knowledge". There are estimated to be 100 fourth-world tribes remaining--cultures of people who have no knowledge of the outside world. And I believe that miracles, particularly healings, occur every day among these people--because they have total faith. Total faith is impossible for us, we know too much science, and cannot escape its influence. Science is a wonderful thing. But with science, we sacrifice faith--and no longer see miracles.

Scott said...

I mean "snow"--sorry.

Abby said...

I think he made it snow. True belief is very powerful.

terri said...

If you pay me enough, I'll stand on your neighbor's roof and pelt yours with ice cubes.

Just a suggestion. Cuz you're my friend and I want to help you out however I can.