Last Friday, my colleagues T, P, C and me had gone out for lunch. We were talking about various topics when T said, "By the way, did you folks know that the wild fire at the Henry Coe state park was apparently started by some idiot?" T vacations often at Henry Coe and it is a place close to his heart.
P said, "Really? Oh man, so many acres of the park burned down."
Both C and me looked clueless and asked, "What park? What fire?"
T and P looked at us, genuinely surprised, "Oh you guys did not know? Its been in the news all over the place."
C and me shook our heads.
P then said, "Did you at least notice the hazy sky in the bay all of yesterday?"
At that point, realization dawned and I heaved a huge sigh of relief. Grinning broadly, I said, "Oh, thank God! It was a forest fire. I was so worried!"
D and P looked at me as though I had gone mad, "Why are you so happy about a forest being burned down?"
I continued grinning happily as I replied, "Oh you don't understand. I had thought someone was controlling the weather!"
What happened was this: the previous day, both during my drive to work and my evening drive to the fitness class, I had noticed the unnatural sepia tone of the sunlight. I could not see clouds or any other reason to explain this sudden change of color. So, in my infinite wisdom, I had concluded that someone was controlling the weather and was trying different shades for sunlight color as an initial trial run. Implausible as this scenario seemed, as I could not come up with anything else, it seemed to be a fairly reasonable albeit horrifying explanation to me. That's why, finding out that there was a "natural" reason made me feel so much better!
Of course, the moment I told my "someone controlling the weather" theory, my colleagues gave me a very strange look and then burst out laughing. Well, that was when my theory finally struck me as being way too outlandish :-(.
Note to self:
I really ought to stop reading conspiracy theory books like: Deception point, Are you afraid of the dark and State of Fear.