Tornadoes are dicks.

3.18.2012

This one's just throwing a little extra "fuck you" in there. Dick.


Like, for real. Tornadoes are assholes.

I'm from California. We have earthquakes, mainly. I was 11 during the big '89 quake, and we were pretty much on top of the epicenter. We were driving home from the art class my Mom was teaching. We pulled over, checked the car, and went about our day.

We also have mudslides, firestorms, and floods. More than once we were forcibly evacuated due to wildfire. We flooded on New Year's Eve in 2005, and I took a canoe out my front door. Yes, really. I just spent forever whole minutes trying to find the pictures. No luck, sorry.

These have formed a gang. They're thugs, really.


The point is none of that is really scary to me. You always hear people say that you're never afraid of the natural disasters you grew up with, and I guess that's true. Because just the vague possibility of fucking tornadoes on the horizon has the ability to immediately inject my heart with enough adrenaline to jumpstart an elephant. Luckily I live in tornado country now, so I get to experience this often.

So this morning when a thunderstorm freaked out the dogs and we all had to get up, and we started hearing the "freight train" noise that Travis says is what tornadoes sound like, and he's telling me to put my shoes on and get my Mom, I... well, let's just say I still haven't had any coffee. Caffeine at this point is unnecessary.

No, there wasn't a tornado. But what a way to start my Sunday.


Image sources here and here.

10 comments:

  1. Hope the weather turns out better as the day goes on. I'm from SC and although we have tornadoes, I have never experienced one.

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  2. I'm from the mtns of TN and didn't really experience any really bad weather except for the occasional heavy snow. However in my 2 decades in GA, I've been through countless tropical storms (i.e. hurricanes gone inland), severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and one earth quake. Just 2 wks ago, we had an E3 touch down in my county that caused some significant damage. :/

    I'm glad that you and yours are safe this morning!

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    1. Yeesh. And an earthquake? Really??? That must've scared the crap out of everyone. I didn't know they ever really hit here...

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  3. I agree with you on this one. We get hurricanes which are extremely strong but I have never experienced anything quite as terrifying as Irene...

    She brought tornadoes to our area last summer and we are not in a 'tornado zone'. Stay safe!

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    1. Hurricanes... That's another thing that terrifies me. Luckily we are far enough inland where they're not really a threat. But I didn't know they could spawn tornadoes... Yay, more shit to be freaked out about! Lol. :)

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  4. It's true about not being afraid of natural disasters that you grew up with. I'm from the midwest. We actually had 8 people killed in tornados around the beginning of the month (Harrisburg, IL). I don't even get concerned when I hear one is coming. Earthquakes: that's another thing. I lived near the New Madrid fault and the threat was always looming, but I've only been in one very very mild one ever. I'm terrified of them. East coast doesn't seem to have much of either though. I guess we're set. Hurricanes though. Oh, hurricanes...

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    1. I think the thing with earthquakes that tends to really scare people is that there's no warning. They just strike, then they're over, plus some aftershocks. And that's actually what scares me about tornadoes, cause there seems to be very little warning, but enough to scare the crap out of you. Earthquakes, there's no time to be scared!

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  5. i'm pretty much terrified of any natural disaster. growing up outside philadelphia, pa, pretty much the only thing that we'd get was a huge snowstorm and that only happened every few years. now being in ne ohio, it's the same. lots o snow and strong thunderstorms. a tornado is a minor minor possibility, but i've been here for 13 years and haven't had one. so, yeah, i'm not good with natural disasters of any kind.

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    1. Wow, you're lucky! I figured all places had their own disasters. Sounds like PA is the place to be!

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