A twelfth of an hour

Five minutes can seem like an eternity, or it can go by just like that. Which makes me wonder how long five New York minutes would be.


  1. Roger O Green »

    27 May 2019 · 5:52 am

    seriously scary stuff

  2. McGehee »

    27 May 2019 · 8:28 am

    Yep. The time I was awakened here one morning by tornado sirens and was reminded how little truly secure shelter this house offers (in a place where tornadoes seldom exceed EF-1, though it’s always the exceptions that get you), convinced me that if I were sent to live in Tornado Alley I would try to find a livable ICBM silo on the real estate listings.

  3. McGehee »

    27 May 2019 · 11:10 am

    The Blather Weather Channel has been focusing on a dumpster seen on the second floor of the motel, and claiming it could weight anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 pounds.

    That seemed excessive to me, since it looked like a relatively small unit — something like a three-yard unit, which one company says can’t exceed 500 tons at collection. I’m assuming that means dumpster and contents.

    We had a 40-yard dumpster brought to our previous house on a couple of occasions, and those can weigh up to 12 tons. I’m wondering just where these people on TWC got their information.

    Then again, I always wonder where they get some of the things they say…

  4. CGHill »

    27 May 2019 · 12:14 pm

    “OMG it was upstairs!”

    I have stayed in hotels with hot tubs in second-story (or higher) rooms, and it never occurred to me to panic.

  5. McGehee »

    27 May 2019 · 12:32 pm

    Oh, god, and I just noticed I write 500 “tons” for the three-yard dumpster instead of 500 pounds.

    Sometimes I think maybe we should go metric after all.

  6. McGehee »

    27 May 2019 · 12:34 pm

    And I’ve stayed in tall hotels with rooftop pools.

    I don;’t think any of them were deposited by tornadoes though.

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