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On the outside looking in

Posted on 2008.05.08 at 13:00
Current Location: 75070
Current Music: Ethereal




Ever since moving back from Saint Louis, I scoff at the weather. There, as with most of the midwest, they are littered with tornadoes, sometimes several a day during their 'tornado season.' Yesterday, however, was a little different. I was standing outside in the sun talking to the Schwan's man, when the sky darkened, and the wind stopped blowing. Mothers were running outside looking for their children. I went inside and turned on the television and stared in disbelief at a map of Anna, Texas with a bring pink "C" surrounding our fair city.

My phone rang. It was my father: "ARE YOU IN SHELTER?" He asks. I look outside again. Fierce rain is pelting the house and our fence sways unnaturally. Its was as dark as night. I blink at the television. Tornado.

Now, I've lived in Texas most of my life, and sure we have a 'corridor' for them to travel down, and we've made preparations before to sit them out in shelter. We watched this tornado (two-minute video) real-time from Irving as it tore through downtown Fort Worth heading straight for us.

But yesterday was the first time I've ever sat in a bathtub to wait out a storm.

I suppose it's because I have kids now.

Fortunately, the children's bathroom is spacious and well equipped. So the three of us sat in the tub while listening to the screech of the mixture of wind, rain and debris pelt the house. Ten minutes later, it was sunny and quiet again, and the children wen back outside to play.

It never touched down.




Comments:


wardlejew
wardlejew at 2008-05-08 18:07 (UTC) (Link)
Where did the Schwan's man take cover?
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-05-08 18:12 (UTC) (Link)
Good question! I told him I'd make room in my garage for his truck, that way, we could eat the food out of it instead of eating each other if it came down to it.

He chose to drive South, away from the pending doom.
Quicksilvermad
quicksilvermad at 2008-05-08 19:36 (UTC) (Link)
I remember tornadoes. We used to get them almost every "summer" in Wyoming. Funny how base housing doesn't have freaking BASEMENTS. We had to clear out the hall closet and hole ourselves up in there several times.

We had 15 touch down on the highway once.

And I saw a funnel cloud form right above my head when I was in fourth grade—we sat in the church basement for about three hours with the AM radio playing a blow-by-blow of where it was headed.

In each situation, my dad was hanging out in the backyard and pointing at the forming funnels with the other neighborhood dads.

We had an earthquake here in Virginia the other day. I so did not notice it. I was born in Vandenberg, CA. "Duck and cover" was one of the first phrases I learned as a child. It's kind of funny watching people who aren't used to crazy shit like this. They act like they've never even heard of the term "earthquake" before.

Goddammit, we're on a FAULT LINE you idiots...
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-05-08 20:29 (UTC) (Link)
Water table. That's why we don't have basements in Texas. The water table is too high. Saint Louis was my first house with a basement. It was...odd. Saint Louis also has earthquakes, apparently. I'm glad I missed that!
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ehowton
ehowton at 2008-05-08 22:30 (UTC) (Link)
Calling my dad in Wise County so he could relay the news to me was a bit cumbersome. Didn't Skywarn become self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th?
time3 at 2008-05-08 22:25 (UTC) (Link)
Wow :O I'm never moving South.
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-05-08 22:31 (UTC) (Link)
To put things in perspective, none of our intersections have to remind us to, "Wait for Green."
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-05-08 22:33 (UTC) (Link)
That bad weather of yours came this way today. Around 1500, they had us all gather in the hall as we had moved from a Tornado Watch to a Warning. I facetiously called out, "Anyone got a copy of Twister and a TV we can set up?"

People here don't have a sense of humor.
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-05-08 22:44 (UTC) (Link)
People here don't have a sense of humor.
Yes, that's one thing I've always disliked about people from Alabama.
galinda822 at 2008-05-08 22:34 (UTC) (Link)
Gotta love STL weather! We get it all.

Remind me why I still live here! ;)

Hope the kids weren't to scared.
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-05-08 22:43 (UTC) (Link)
After STL? This was a game to them...They were giggling like retards in the bathroom watching Pendragon try to interact with a very disinterested Daisy.
JaceMan
jaceman at 2008-05-09 00:19 (UTC) (Link)
Tornadoes make for overrated blockbuster movies and Schwan's makes me wish I weren't behaving with my weight right now. Grrrrr!
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-05-09 00:34 (UTC) (Link)
I actually saw a B-movie with Crispin Glover and Harry Dean Stanton named Twister about an Oklahoma megalomaniac and his bizarre children.

My father bought it for me on laserdisc and it was so bad, I didn't talk to him for a year.
irulan_amy at 2008-05-09 04:58 (UTC) (Link)
Tornado watches and warnings would scare the beejeezies out of me in Ohio, even though they rarely touch town there and never did in my area. I was always more frightened as I always lived in a modular home and frankly, it didn't seem that sturdy. ;)

Glad it passed you and the Schwan's man by.
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-05-09 21:44 (UTC) (Link)
I always lived in a modular home...
Those are like tornado magnets in the midwest!
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