Drown and out

So I cranked up the weather reports, and there was a storm of Biblical proportions running more or less parallel to I-40 in Canadian County. At that angle, I calculated, it should miss me by at least two miles.

And then, of course, it turned toward me, making a beeline for Penn Square — and it would have to pass over me to get there. Too late to run. I improvised a lean-to tent with the bedding, which I figured afforded me about a 10-percent chance of survival, which was 10 percent better than I stood otherwise. The last thing I tweeted was a prayer of sorts.

And then, for no reason I can imagine, it resumed its original course, due east, and never came close to me, although the rain — two inches in an hour — was ferocious. There was hail, though not enough, and not big enough, to make much of a dent in anything. The ground levels off behind the house, so there was a bit of water coming in through the back door, which opens into the garage, and maybe a little seepage around the edges of the slab.

At this writing, thunder continues, the rain has slacked off a bit, and, well, this post obviously wasn’t sitting in the Draft folder all day.


  1. Kirk »

    31 May 2013 · 8:27 pm

    Glad it missed, Chaz. Said a prayer of my own for you a while ago when I saw your tweet. Some spring you’re having.

  2. zigzag »

    1 June 2013 · 1:19 am

    holy moley. cool under pressure, Chaz.

  3. fillyjonk »

    1 June 2013 · 7:13 am

    Thank goodness. I was watching the coverage with some concern.

  4. Mark Alger »

    1 June 2013 · 7:41 am

    Well, good.


  5. Firehand »

    1 June 2013 · 10:02 am

    Was watching this mess myself, and wondering which the hell way it was going to go. Daughter lives about two miles south of Penn Square, and had herself, the cats and the dogs in the hall with a mattress over them; she says the cats were highly unamused.

  6. Charles Pergiel »

    1 June 2013 · 10:39 am

    Somehow I don’t think a mattress is going to do much good if a tornado does come knocking. Every think about a storm shelter?

  7. CGHill »

    1 June 2013 · 12:32 pm

    The mattress is for one purpose only: to keep you from being hit in the head with flying debris. Anything else is pure gravy.

  8. Tatyana »

    1 June 2013 · 1:05 pm

    Behold the power of prayer!

    [I think it’s about time you start recognizing Soviet cultural references. How many years we talk to each other?]

  9. CGHill »

    1 June 2013 · 1:52 pm

    Yeah, that about covers it. Which is why my statement to the Almighty was more along the lines of “So long, and thanks for all the grace,” instead of “Please, please save my ass, and screw those other people.”

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