Thursday, June 5, 2008

"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."

Your Intrepid Scribe & Family were incommunicado yesterday, hence no blogging janx goin' down. Seems that even though we don't live in Tornado Alley, our area has become "Tornado Vulnerable," according to our Venerable Local Meteorologists (weather dudes). The Good News: Our newspaper staff was getting ready to send the Last Newspaper of the Year via Internet to the company that prints it; Your Scribe, in fact, had just chewed out the Eds for a generally sloppy, lackluster & non-newsy issue. Our Near Death (OK, quite an exaggeration) Experience Changed All That.

The Bad News? We had to sit for 90 minutes with our Eds & Other Assorted Cherubs in the basement of the school, in the one hallway that's totally encased in cinder blocks--no windows, no nothin.' The filthy carpeting in that hall has just been replaced with Glaring White Linoleum. This Lovely Ambiance, combined with dire warnings emanating from the AP squawking over the PA, combined with the slightly greenish/yellowish/grayish hue of the skies & the Buckets of Rain pelting the building sideways With Great Force, and Thunder Boomers that sounded like Giants Banging Trashcan Lids right next to our tender ears caused us a tad bit of concern. Hey, we're Tejanos, thru & thru--we know what weather like that means!

Turns out the area suffered 4 twisters, including one that touched down about 2 miles from school that killed a fella when a tree hit is autoMObile. There are Live Wires down in front of the school even as we speak. Not quite sure why we're here today, except that Superintendent Man had already agreed to close school 2 days early, 'cause we didn't use our requisite number of snow days this year. SM probably wanted to make sure all our Cherubs received a Thorough Education--live power lines be damned!

We'd like to thank the School District, Mother Nature & possibly Global Warming for scaring us senseless. Oh, and thanks to the Chinese Joint that remained open during the height of the storm (thunder boomers continued to KerBOOM! & Ker-BAM! throughout the evening); Ella Numera Dos y yo decimos muchisimas gracias!

12 comments:

Clix said...

*headscritchie*

Why are you thanking the Chinese place in Spanish?

Sean Hogan said...

The one blessing of the storm: I only had to work for 1 hour at Subway last night!

Unfortunately, that hour was spent putting things away in the pitch black. No fun.

Melissa B. said...

Clix: Yo soy una Tejana! I speak Spanglish most all the time, especially to my Chinese brethren.

Melissa B. said...

Hoagie: What happened to the babysitting gig? Or were they tired of babysitting YOU?

Sean Hogan said...

I'm doing both. Babysitting starts when school ends and I'll do that Mon-Fri 9-2 and Subway 4 or 5 days a week 4-10:15 (or 4-9:15 on Sundays). So that will be "fun."

Anonymous said...

mi madre habla a la restaurante en espanol porque ella esta loca. y porque cree que es una mujer muy inteligente tambien.

te amo mama.

was it the chinese place next to starbucks or hunan lion?? i bet it was starbuck's chinese.

Tara R. said...

Glad to hear you all made it through in one piece... I don't know if I don't prefer hurricanes over tornados, at least I KNOW when hurricanes are coming and where.

Melissa B. said...

Ella Mayor/Numera Una: Hunan Lion! We dined on pink linen tablecloths--the whole works! We would have picked the Starbucks Chinese place next, if HL hadn't answered. You're right--I AM loco--lo siento--I mean locA. Plus, you know I didn't speak to the waiters en Espanol. --su madre

Sean Hogan said...

Que?

Melissa B. said...

tara r.: tornadoes ARE a tad scary, aren't they? The worst on Wednesday was knowing that Ella Numera Dos was working at the pool & that pool building offers no decent shelter at all! She & her fellow lifeguards came thru OK, though. In the case of a hurricane, when that wind gets cranked up during a 12-hour storm, what're ya gonna do? I try to avoid both!

Mister Teacher said...

You teach in Texas, right? What part of Texas got a tornado this week??? I'm in Dallas, and I didn't hear anything about that. Of course, I have been known to be Mr. Oblivious...

Melissa B. said...

Mr. Teach: I'm FROM Texas, but teach in a DC suburb. I can see why you're confused! Actually, I'm a Big D native--Hillcrest, Class of '72!

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