Folks out here in CA don't even know what a thunderstorm is. I took some home to TX once on a trip, we had a good sized storm come through, and they thought the world was ending on them. It was fun to watch them cringe at every huge thunderclap.
Thunderstorms are one of the reasons I love living in Central Texas.
Sometimes at night, with the windows open, you can hear the thunder rolling and rolling and rolling from miles away. It's so peaceful.
I also love the big thunder boomers. Makes me feel alive.
I remember being in the 4th grade. My school had a HUGE back lot to play in, and a bunch of us were out there playing kickball or something. It had been kind of stormy that day, but not so bad - but all of a sudden, there was a CRACK of lightning thunder, like Zeus throwing a bolt right at us, and just like that the storm was on. We all ran back towards the school, and looking back, I saw the rain front begin to move across our lot and sweep towards us. I've never seen rain like that before or since, a deluge, that you could actually see the beginning wall of. It caught up to us RIGHT before we made it inside, so we all got good and wet in about 10 seconds.
You're right - sometimes the big storms are annoying, but they do make you feel alive.