While a tornado devastated parts of Western and Central Massachusetts last night, Boston was surviving, and in some cases enjoying, a thunderstorm.
When I left MIT at about 7:00 p.m., the clouds over Mass Ave. looked strange.
When I got to my apartment in Jamaica Plain at 8:00, the air was wet. After eating an ice cream sandwich for dinner and taking a shower, I noticed that the neighbors were throwing a rowdy birthday party. The storm hit just after they sang Happy Birthday.
I thought the storm had shut their party down, but I was wrong. The downpour was so loud, it drowned them out. As the rain tapered off, I could hear their music filtering through the storm.
If you listen closely, you can hear their music even at the height of the storm:
As the storm tapered off, the music came through more:
I thought the storm might subdue my neighbors into a different soundtrack — maybe Billie Holiday or opera. No such luck. They went back to their usual: an instrumental that sounds like a disco remix of Super Mario Brothers III.
Today it’s so calm and sunny, the whole thing seems like it might not have happened.
Post and recording by Alexa Mills.