When I was a kid I had an irrational fear of tornadoes. Well… when I was a kid and now, I guess. ‘Cause I watched this video today, and broke out in a clammy sweat and started breathing funny — all these years later. Sweet sainted mother of Don DeFore!
West Virginia isn’t exactly in the middle of Tornado Alley, but when I was a youngling the authorities were all-the-time issuing tornado watches, and sometimes full-blown warnings. And I didn’t much care for any of it. I had visions of a twister bouncing around those mountains like a pinball, and one of us being decapitated by an airborne Z from a Pizza Hut sign, or whatever.
I’ve written about the storm we endured in Myrtle Beach when I was a kid, which might have been a tornado. I didn’t see a funnel cloud that day, possibly because I was fully hysterical and in need of a straitjacket and hot water bottle. But it certainly felt like one was bearing down on us. The weird color in the sky… the menacing calmness… the sense that Very Bad Things were fixin’ to happen… It was terrifying.
And when I was in Atlanta we experienced something similar, while we were at work one afternoon. It was the same green color, and a feeling that an impossible power was silently building. Toney and I were in the parking lot for some reason, and watched funnel clouds drop down, almost reach the ground, then go back up. I don’t think my sphincter released for a week.
Maybe it was the Wizard of Oz that triggered my life-long fear of tornadoes, I don’t know. Other extreme weather events don’t bother me at all, but just a tiny chance of a tornado puts me on edge. Even now. And I don’t know why.
Have you lived through any hellish storms of one sort or another? Please tell us about it, won’t you? Use the comments link below. Also, what do you think about the guy who recorded that video? Is he ballsy or crazy? (Heh, ballsy or nuts?) You probably know my answer…
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I’ll see you guys again on Sunday or Monday.
Have a great weekend!