out of bed yesterday, when I heard a loud "whoosh".
Now, rather than inflate this story with a lot of unnecessary hot air, Viewer Dear...
I'm just going to show you the photos I took from an upstairs bedroom window.
And then, here are the pictures I took after scrambling into my clothes, and joining a few neighbors by the road. They were as pleased as I was by this unexpected bright spot in our (very) local morning.
It was a bright and lofty but brief event.
Before I knew it, a road crew had packed up and whisked that whoosh-less balloon away.
Life came to rest on hum-drum solid earth again.