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Last night at work we had to go into the “storm shelters” again. There were tornado warnings, which I’ve always written off as pure bullshit. However, a year or so ago one actually touched down near us and took out a few businesses, including the Barnes & Noble store and a great sandwich shop called Stations Grill. I believe B&N is back up and running, but Stations has disappeared, apparently forever. So, that sucks. Not only because we lost a kickass restaurant, but also because I can no longer write these things off as a gross overreaction. Wotta ripoff.
Check out these pictures from last year. This is why my “this is bullshit” proclamations don’t carry much weight with people anymore. <sigh>
But nothing happened last night, of course. We just hunkered down for 40 minutes and were eventually given the all-clear. I believe this is the third or fourth time we’ve had to do this over the past couple of years. And yeah, I know the Panera Bread store was completely demolished last year by a goddamn twister, but what are the chances of that happening again? I mean, seriously.
The thing is? If I actually saw or heard a real-life tornado I’d probably pass out and shit on my way down. I’ve been in a couple of situations where it looked like something like that was really going to happen, and it scared me. Once in Myrtle Beach, when I was a kid, camping at Pirateland. Awnings were ripped off campers… trailers were tipped over… It was nothing short of terrifying. And the ocean, which was right there, was like something out of a horror movie. Man, you talk about menacing… So, I’m certainly no storm chaser. But I always assume all these “watches” and “warnings” are the just the result of some overly cautious beancounter somewhere, covering their ass. Ya know? Perhaps I should be less cynical? Yeah… I don’t see that happening.
For some reason, this episode of This American Life also haunts me. It’s about a tornado striking during a high school prom. I’ve listened to perhaps hundreds of episodes of the show, and that one sticks out in my mind. So, yeah. I guess I have a true tornado phobia. However… I know how humans work, as well. So, I always write off the warnings as utter horseshit until there’s evidence to the contrary.
Have you ever seen an actual tornado? I haven’t. I’ve seen funnel clouds forming in the sky, but they didn’t make it all the way to the ground. Scary as shit, I might add. What about you? I assume you folks who live in the middle of the country see them every day while driving to the bank, or whatever? Tell us about your tornado experiences in the comments. I have none and would like to keep it that way, thank you very much.
And speaking of the podcast, I posted a new episode today for patrons. I like it. I don’t always like it, but I like this one. Here’s the brief summary:
A few nights ago I stopped at Sheetz to put air in one of my tires, and this somehow turned into a full podcast episode. The funny thing? It’s one of my recent favorites. Thank you guys for listening, and thanks for the support!
I’m going to work now. A big three-day weekend coming up!
I hope you guys have a great one.
I’ll be back on Monday. Or perhaps Tuesday.
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Living in Indiana for 40 years now I have seen my fair share of tornados. My dad was one of those guys with a HAM radio who would go out and watch and report during the 70’s and 80’s, so I have been through 7 of them with him as a kid. I still don’t like them, and show them a great deal of respect and keep my fat ass in doors so as not to catch a 2×4 or fried tenderloin to the face during one. We like to joke and mention trailer parks getting relocated.
Cathy W. says
Had one go through my town a few years ago. The sound was incredible! So fricking loud! It didn’t last long, thank God. Cut right through our backyard. Knocked down our 4 huge old pine trees, threw some big maple branches on the car(totalled-it was insured)plucked one of my wind-chimes off the deck and tossed the grill cover onto the roof(?!)and never touched the actual house(which is *not* insured.) :-/ All-in-all, not an experience I’d ever recommend. Scary. The town was a big mess, trees down everywhere.
Am I a bad person to think the only picture that moved me was the pet taxis?
It indicates that you’re a good person. All the other pictures were just smashed-up property.
I felt the same way about hurricanes. A lot of warnings here since I moved here in 1985. One year, there were four in a three month period but they never got close to Sarasota. One power outage during that. For three days, in the 600 degree heat. However, a couple of years ago, one finally came through. Closed my job for 5 days….gas prices spiked..couldnt buy beer for four days. Riding the storm out at home instead of a shelter was nerve wracking at best, especially with no alcohol. Everything closed down two days prior. I am a believer now in stocking up, and going to a shelter if advised to do so.
Now that I have lived at the beach a few years, I can say without a doubt that I would take a tornado over a hurricane. I lived in northwest Arkansas where tornados abound. They are quick and its over, a GD hurricane sits out there for weeks, waiting, lurking, making your guts grind until it makes up its damn mind where it will land. Hubster and I decided that we ain’t playing that game no more. We’ll board the windows and hunker down at home.
Stuart in Oz says
Why do you guys get Hurricanes and in Oz (tralia) we get Cyclones? Who decided that? is it a hemisphere thing?
I think it’s an ocean thing, Atlantic vs. Pacific. Probably hemispheres too. Also, the Cyclone is a roller coaster.
Generally it is a hemisphere thing, with hurricanes/typhoons/cyclones rotating opposite directions in N vs S hemispheres 🙂
These north-south things always get back to toilet-flushing eventually. Adolescents in North America and Oz will forever be cursed with science projects that cause them to spend hours in the bathroom at an age where all they really want to do is to spend hours in the bathroom, allegedly watching which way the water evacuates from the bowl. Granted, the girls are up to different stuff than the boys, but neither is actually riding the cyclone unless that’s what they call self-fulfillment in Oz.
Hope this helps.