Tuesday, July 27, 2010

That Sinking Feeling

Photo courtesy of JSOnline.

Some of y'all know that I was a journalist before I became a teacher. And stories like the one pictured above beckon me to get back on the beat again.

After absolute buckets of rain last weekend in Milwaukee, a driver in an Escalade fell, Caddy & all, into the mother of all sinkholes.

In case you didn't catch this on the late news highlight reel, the Wisconsin sinkhole measured at least 15 feet square.

The SUV was still running 24 hours after taking the plunge. The 25-year-old driver was rescued without incident, shortly after experiencing that sinking feeling.

Yes, I'm a voyeur. I admit it. And despite some prognostications to the contrary, I firmly believe that newspapers will always have a place at our national breakfast table as long as truth remains stranger than fiction.

27 comments:

Sarah said...

I haven't had time to read newspaper for many, many years now. Sorry to say this, but I got so used to TV and Internet news that I think it's hard for newspapers to make a comeback unless something drastically changes. Besides, think about the poor trees!

Amy said...

Amen to that.

Stephen Tremp said...

We've all had those crazy days. We jump out of bed and set out with the best of intentions, only to have th earth open up and swallow our best laid plans. Sigh. Hope you had a good breakfast. Its time to improvise.

Stephen Tremp

Julie M. said...

Good grief! That's some sinkhole! Growing up, I lived outside of Milwaukee for about 7 years, so that feels like it's one of my many backyards. I can see why journalism is calling you back. That looks like it would be a real adrenaline rush!

Holyoke Home said...

Thanks for stopping by today!

Can you imagine being in that car when the earth opened up? I would have thought the devil was after me!

Jeanie said...

I'm with you in hoping that I always have a newspaper to bring in and read the first thing every morning.

Lauren said...

Aw, man. I bet that stunk really bad. I couldn't imagine getting caught in one of those. At least they were okay and didn't get hurt, or worse. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Alissa said...

As a former newspaper editor, and current freelance newspaper writer, I couldn't agree more, and at least for local news sometimes the only coverage stories (even outrageous ones) get is in the local paper.

Susie said...

Isn't that the craziest thing? It happened on the East side where there is no elbow room too!!

Teresa said...

Good morning. I have to admit that I lean towards internet and tv news as well because it seems to be the fastest route to what's happening. I've been seeing stories about massive sinkholes a lot lately. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

I have never felt so envious of a woman in a sinkhole before - I want to be famous sinkhole woman!

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

I still love the paper but looking at that photo is freaking me out as I drive the same car so I'm projecting and now imagining me and the kids in the bottom of a sink hole. UGH! :)

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner
www.mawhats4dinner.com

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Oh my gosh, I can't believe I didn't hear about that! At least the driver was okay!

Allyson said...

I completely agree with that. I love the feeling of newspaper ink on my fingers and bookmarking an actual book.

Now, do you think this would be covered under the driver's insurance as "act of God"??

BLOGitse said...

oh, that looks bad!
But great that the guy was okay...
I read newspaper occasionally nowadays...
But I love the feel and smell of the paper! :)

The Blonde Duck said...

I've always said I'm not a journalist, I'm a writer that works at a newspaper as a reporter. And you've backed me up!

Confessions of a Paper-Crafts Chick said...

Oh my goodness! That had to be scary. I couldn't imagine free falling like that...in my car.

Tara R. said...

Holey Pot Hole!! That's gonna bruise.

Mandi Miller said...

Oh that is awesome looking! I'm glad the guy is ok! Wow!!

paige said...

That picture makes me feel scared. What a feeling that must be!

When did I become my Mom said...

Oh gosh I did miss this one. That's terrifying. (I hate driving - I have issues)

Cheryl said...

I know newspapers are alive in well in Milwaukee. My FIL survived his own special hell last week and reads the daily as part of his morning routine.

jules said...

What is with all the sink holes and earth quakes along with extreme weather this year? Can we get a break?

blueviolet said...

That is amazing! I'm so glad the driver was ok though.

I didn't know you were a journalist!

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

It's wonderful to have a newspaper to read every morning..but I got used to TV instead.
B xx

Lucy said...

Oh, my, gosh!!! Wow, I missed that story but I am bad, I don't read newspapers and in all honesty I never did and I only kind of read magazines, here I will tell you why and this is a horrible reason, horrible. Ready, for it, oh, this is embarrassing. I hate that they don't finish the article on the same page! There you have it. My ultimate reason for not reading. Laziness. I hate having to flip through to the next page, ugh!

My husband and parents read it through and through!

miss jo said...

Sinkholes are like train wrecks....One just swallowed a house here in the East Bay.

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