Well, it has been a week or two of hammering. You will remember when I complained about the framers showing up super-early a couple of Saturday's ago. This week, while dodging thunder storms, hail and tornadic activity, they actually got the roof on the thing. So I am guessing that the brickwork will be next. They are also ready to get wiring installed and then sheetrock. It is moving fast! Anyone want to take bets on when the new neighbors move in?
Speaking of getting hammered, and I don’t mean drunk … Now, let’s talk about the storms we had here in Oklahoma this week. It is May in Oklahoma and guess what, we have turned into a tourist attraction for our tornado potential. I’ve been a bit disturbed by this video that is floating around the internet. It is by one of our responsible storm chasers – one of the guys that follow the dang things for our local stations. In this clip, they are chasing down Highway 51 (where Moi probably recently drove on the way home from her foot race) …. toward Stillwater (home of the OSU Cowboys) …. this line of cars is filled with storm chasers. Some from the Discovery Channel. Some are tour groups of people wanting to see a real tornado (nutjobs). And they are trying to drive right into a storm. What is disturbing is that some of these folks are on the wrong side of the road, going at high speeds, disregarding those yellow “no passing” lines …. as if a tornado is life-threatening in the first place, these bozos are now trying to take out some poor unsuspecting car coming the other way, someone probably trying to get home before the storm.
And this video below is going viral --- the hail storm from May 16 that dropped softball size hail on north Oklahoma City. You just wouldn’t believe the number of cars driving around without windshields. I know several people who have had their cars totalled due to the property damage. They might be fine mechanically, but are just a total loss physically – cost more to repair than they are worth. And fairly new cars at that. My friend Kathy and her daughter both have significant vehicle and home damage. Worse, a friend of a friend, a workmate of Jamie’s, lost her house on Monday night in a tornado.
I’ve lived here all my life (except for a short time in the 90’s) …. and this tornado below is the only one I have ever been close to being involved with. But, of course, it was the biggest tornado EVER. And I mean EVER. The fastest wind speed on earth was recorded about a mile from my house – inside the core of this tornado. This monster was “on the ground” for over 60 miles. It really should be labeled as an “F6” tornado, but such a thing doesn’t exist because they never thought wind speeds could be so great. This big black cloud that sounded like a huge jet engine is all we saw coming toward us. Never saw the rotation. Didn’t need to, we headed for the closet under the stairs.
After the storm, we literally saw big dually pick-up trucks that had been rolled up in a ball to about the size of a large suitcase. Heard stories of pony tails being torn off little girl’s heads. Water in swimming pools being sucked up into the tornado. And I know a woman who was severely injured in this tornado – basically scalped. She wrote a story of her survival and ordeal that she had to go through to get back to full health.
So believe me when I say that my strategy for tornado survival is to pay attention to our local weathermen and their storm chasers. When Gary, Rick or Mike tells me to get in the bathtub and put a mattress over my head because the storm is now on my street (and yes, they can track it that close with the radar) …. I will be in the bathtub with a mattress on my head!