Friday, August 19

"The Sky Just Exploded."

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We had one fatality here in Dane County, but everyone else is safe and sound. I wish I could say the same about all of their possessions. Check Yahoo! News for more information, and check below for what I had to say yesterday.

Debbie's judge was in the basement of the country club right behind the house in the picture when it happened. Crazy!
Man, we got lucky. Jeff said that the tornado sirens were going off in Sun Prairie. He called the town at 6:15 to see if they cancelled the parade, and they said "Well, we haven't called it off yet." Jeff then held his phone out the window and said, "Do you hear that? Those are YOUR tornado sirens!"

They did call it off, by the way. Apparently, Jeff was standing on Main Street by himself for a bit before he realized what was up.
I went to the trouble of emailing the chamber of commerce this morning to find out if it was rescheduled. All I got back from them was "it's a rain or shine event, thus it was not rescheduled." I had no idea if that meant it was cancelled and would not be rescheduled or if all those people marched down main street in the middle of a tornado yesterdy! Glad I have it cleared up now! :)
Wow. Apparently, the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce only answers their e-mails in riddle form.
Rude riddles, no less.

"Greetings and salutations, this is the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce."

"Um, hello? Yeah, I was just wondering if the parade was still going on tonight. I heard tornado sirens going off, and-"

"-I shall answer your question. But first, you must answer me these riddles three."

"Excuse me? It's raining pretty hard out there, and-"

"Riddle number one. An Ambulance, a Fire Truck, a Police car and a Mail truck all pull up to a four-way stop at the same time, who has the right of way?"

"What? Is the parade still on?"

"Tell me who has the right of way, and you will be one step closer to your destination."

"Um...Hell, I don't know. Whoever has their lights on, I suppose."

"I will accept that response. Riddle number two is as follows."

"Jesus...Look, I-"

"SILENCE! Riddle two is as follows. As I was heading to St. Ives, I passed a man with 7 wives. Every wife had seven cats, every cat had seven sacks, every sack had seven bats and every bat had seven hats. How many people were going to St. Ives?"

"You've got to be kidding me. You know, I can just walk down Main Street for myself to-"

"Oh, I wouldn't do that. There's a tornado out there. Answer the riddle."

"Well, if you passed them on the way to St. Ives, then only you were headed there, so my answer is 1."


"Um...yes. That is correct."

"Damn right, hit me with the third riddle, Chief."

"Um...the query you insist, doesn't-"

"You don't have a third riddle, do you?"

"No. The parade has been cancelled."

I love writing dialogue.
and I hate riddles!
That was very good Ryan!
Thank you. It was also the longest post comment ever.
"It hasn't been rescheduled." That's awesome.

FYI, I had a grilled cheese sandwich at the Wafflehouse in KC on my way up here to Omaha yesterday. If I were to write a review, it would be glowing. This was my first grilled cheese in a long time, so my tastes may not be refined enough yet to render an accurate judgement. I'm going to give it another try on my way home.
See, Grilled Cheese Reviews are fun!

Hey, how's the zoo in Omaha? We were thinking of heading over there someday.
The zoo in Omaha is pretty awesome, from what I understand it's supposed to be one of the best zoos in the nation. I've got a friend that supervises the aquarium.

Omaha still sucks, though, that's why Conor Oberst is so sad.

Actually it's not that bad, it has a cool downtown.
That's it. We're going to that zoo. What will it take to be able to touch a Penguin?

Conor Oberst is sad because he's not talented, and ran dry on ideas when he was 15. If he were standing in front of me, I'd probably strangle him.
They have an indoor jungle/rainforest which is pretty dang cool. I think they also have some new desert dome or something. Last time I was there was just to meet some friends for lunch and we looked at the aquarium a bit.

I think all you have to do is jump the fence if you want to touch a penguin.

Omaha's a nice place to live, but I wouldn't want to visit there.
I heard the news of tornadoes back in the home state. I was afraid for so many of my friends and family who live in the area. My mom told me that there were sirens going off as far north as Oshkosh. We watched footage of the aftermath on Komo 4 news (seattle's ABC station) at work and I sat and remembered when the tornado touched down in Oakfield and back when there was that awful windstorm in Winneconne.

There are no tornadoes in Washington. There aren't even thunderstorms. We have other things to worry about, like tidal waves, earthquakes, and my biggest fear, volcanoes. Most of the mountains around here are volcanic, inactive, but still volcanic. I have nightmares about Mt. Rainier exploding. It's 2 and half hours away from where I live but so is Mt. St. Helens, and the locals tell me that they felt the effects of the giant cloud of ash this far north.

Saturday I went to Mt. Rainier and did some hiking there, I think I got as far as 7,000 ft before taking a trail to the glacier field. Looking into the gian crater was sort of like looking at the surface of Mars. I felt so aware of how small I was in comparison to that sleeping volcano. It hasn't erupted since the 1800's.
Me and the Missus called for our free Nebraska Travel Guide. That zoo is going to be ours for the taking very soon. What the hell were you doing there in the first place? I don't travel more than 45 minutes for friends.

Man, Washington sounds beautiful, and I'm glad that you stopped in to let me know what you were up to. Don't be a stranger! Those storms in Winneconne were insane. I saw trees getting ripped out of the ground, and landing on vehicles.
I grew up in Omaha until I left for college. It's weird to think about people traveling "to" Nebraska as opposed to "through" it.
That explains a lot, actually. I really didn't think you seemed like an Arkansas man myself...if one can really gauge these things.

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