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moonlight @ 120kph

I just got home from delivering my sister to Pop's. It's close to three in the morn' as I write this and I really need a shower. Right after I finish this I'm going to do just that.

Pop is well, sis is well, and the cat is well. Yes, Tux (the cat) is back home. He's been away for a while in my sis' care, but seemed to recognize where everything was on return. He didn't look too disoriented.

A good chunk of the drive home was eerie, and I'll attempt to explain why, but I have the notion I'm the only one who feels the way I do when certain weather is about. You'll understand what I mean in a moment.

There is a weather condition that I have no name for which is this:

1. Bright moonlit night.

2. Light fog.

3. A muggy feeling in the air that's not muggy enough for air conditioning while driving (because you'd freeze), but just muggy enough to bother you.

The bright moonlight gives a dark slate blue color to the sky. Trees in the distance all look one color - a darker blue. Flat fields look like ponds. Any source of light looks too bright and glows due to the fog. Reflectors on signs also glow when your headlights hit them. The only thing clearly visible are the road markers in front of you.

As I said above, all sources of light look too bright even with the moonlight above you. You pass by street lamps and lights you've seen a thousand times, but on a night like this, they look strange and unfamiliar.

When stopping by any convenience store (one of the few businesses open at this time of night), you feel like a stranger even if you've been there before.

On the interstate, you are reminded the road is long and solitary, with your only company usually being 18-wheeler trucks that you pass or pass you.

On certain country roads where there are no street lights, this is where you get the eerie feeling the most. When you pass by certain areas, you think I know where I am, but I really do not want to get a flat tire here. Or break down. Or whatever. Okay, eyes on the road. Keep drivin'.

This is somewhat of a fear of the dark, because you can see about 250 yards in any direction, but it's not clear enough to see what is out there.

When not driving in this type of weather where you're just walking around somewhere outside, a sinking feeling develops where you feel very alone.

A moment of panic sets in but doesn't last long. Maybe about ten seconds. Probably less. But it's an instinctual feeling.

Danger..

It's something that clicks in your head letting you know you must be somewhere safe - and it's not where you are.. even though you're in a place very familiar to you.

I've encountered this feeling on a few occasions in various parts of the country. Seems to crop up under specific weather conditions.

It's not necessarily fear, because right after that hint of panic you say to yourself What the frig am I scared about? Then you just carry on as usual.

I'm probably the only one who experiences this.

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