The hoops and I went to a fund raiser for the Lymphoma Leukemia Society on Saturday in North Raleigh. The forecast called for a chance of thunderstorms. When I first set up, the day was clear and hot, but before long, the sky turned briefly beautiful–towering clouds catching the sunlight–and then dark.
It poured. The white cylinders at the legs of my tent are 80# of tent weights (an 80# sack of concrete poured into a 10′ length of 3″ PVC pipe, cut into four pieces). The tent weights held for a while, but when I saw the wind really pick up, I had to run out to the tent to hold it down in the middle. Way too many nice cars around the site to risk having the tent blow away.
With limited exposure, water won’t hurt hoops, but they’re not as much fun to use when they’re wet. We hooped for a while after the first rain storm passed, but when a second wave of clouds started to gather, I packed up and headed east to my gig at Art in the Park. I made it ahead of the rain.