Category: Natural Disasters


Corvette. The very name brings a picture of speed and thrilling chases. Corvette is luxury and comfort. Corvette is a car that means style. The two are not mutually exclusive but they are synonymous.

This type of history and breeding puts this car into a class of their own and that gives them their own museum, the National Corvette Museum located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Now you might think that this type of museum wouldn’t see much more excitement than a child attempting to get in one of these beauties and covering it with sticky fingerprints. You would be wrong.

Two months ago there was a huge uproar. Like the figurative stock market’s bottom dropping out, the museum’s floor fell out when a sudden sink hole opened up inside the building. This was no little hole, this was a 40 foot drop that swallowed up eight cars. Two were on loan from General Motors.

Reports say no injuries were reported but that would be to people. Injuries to cars went far beyond bumps and scrapes. These cars pitched forward and one by one fell into each other. It was one Hell of a ride.

 

Wacky Weather

 

When the conditions outside change to reflect the deepened drama of movie sets people find themselves in all types of predicaments. Last September the Chicagoland and outer suburbs experienced rain coming at them all the time with intense force. In some areas whole houses almost found themselves under water as perpetual rain turned into a flood.

That rain turned ordinary taboos into comic situations such as one man walking down the street where Rockwell Street, Elston and Wellington Avenues cross finding himself swept into a Chicago sewer. Driving on the Dan Ryan Expressway that Wednesday night might have resembled a Keystone Cops escapade as drivers drove the wrong way to avoid… wait a minute… water! That night ¼ inch hail and 60 mph winds dampened many a Chicagoan’s humor.

Source: Chicago Tribune Thursday, September 19, 2013, Section 1, Page 8

 

To those in Washington, Illinios and other areas. Please know that good wishes are with you during the up-comimg holidays.

Grace Rellie

The storm came and the skies darkened.
The wind picked up and the trees began to sway.
A creak in the wood here, a tap on the window there and a sound unidentified yet ominous to the eardrum.

Eyes shift and stare in suspition.
Ears strain in hope against hope.
Then all doubt, all illusions are gone.

Terror and horror come flying in on the black darkened cloud of a funnel.
It is here.
It is hungry.
And you are DINNER!

This poem is dedicated to those whose lives were so rudely interupted last week in More county Oklahoma. I’m sorry that you have to deal with this. Please know that you have friends everywhere that you don’t know and possibly will never meet, that wish you well and a speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Aerial view of Philippines disaster – Aljazeera.com http://tinyurl.com/pxrc6ge shared via http://www.newshog.com

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Many of us are probably wondering what is going on in this crazy whacked out world we live in. Every day we pick up the paper, turn on the TV or tune into the radio and hear the latest in a slew of bad news.

For instance at the present moment we have multiple forest fires that threaten to turn many of our citizens into dried out tinder. Their homes are being erased. Dreams that they worked so long for are disappearing. We lost 19 men to a forest blaze simply because the wind turned and there wasn’t enough time for them to hide beneath their insulated blankets or run for cover. Cover? Where? The fire was surrounding these brave souls.

Perhaps you wanted to travel. Air travel has gotten much safer in the last few decades. Few accidents happen these days, right? Most of the time that is true, especially if you look at the number of flights versus the number of accidents. However we have two investigations going on at the same time. One plane crash-landed after hitting a sea wall in San Francisco. Bad judgement? Faulty equipment? It could be one, both or a combination of those two things plus other outside sources that caused the wreck that killed three. How about the plane that just caught fire as it sat motionless? What caused that to happen? At first worry was that the batteries were no good. Again! But, no, it was decided that wasn’t it. It was a safety devise that possibly overheated.

If you work or ride a train you know of their sizes. If you live in a city or town that has rail traffic chances are you see a freight train every now and again. It carries everything from new cars to tractors. Coal and other fuels are highly likely to be aboard as well. It’s ironic how a good day can suddenly turn into a bad one so quickly. The same day the plane crash-landed in San Francisco, a freight train parked outside a small town on the Maine/Canadian boarder broke free from where it was sitting and became a runaway. It reached full speed and then the thing left the tracks. Crude oil quickly spilled all over and a fireball explosion flattened the area. Forty-five are thought to be dead, though many of these haven’t been confirmed. They are still missing.

Haven’t’ had enough yet? Did you hear about the poor little children in India? They were simply sitting down to eat their noon meal. There were no gunmen. No explosion rocked the building. Nothing could have looked less sinister than the food placed before them. Yet just eating lunch killed 22 of these children. More may follow. What happened? They ate their lunch. The problem was that it was poisoned with insecticide. Where is the principle? No one knows. She ran away and hasn’t been seen.

The world we live in can be cruel. No matter where we live disasters can strike. When common sense is missing, mistakes happen. It doesn’t have to always be purposeful. Lives have been lost at times for the most insanely dumb and thoughtless reasons. Be careful. Make sure you know what you are doing and double-check everything not once or twice but half a dozen times. You never can check too many times and you don’t know when that final check can save your life.

The storm came and the skies darkened.
The wind picked up and the trees began to sway.
A creak in the wood here, a tap on the window there and a sound unidentified yet ominous to the eardrum.

Eyes shift and stare in suspition.
Ears strain in hope against hope.
Then all doubt, all illusions are gone.

Terror and horror come flying in on the black darkened cloud of a funnel.
It is here.
It is hungry.
And you are DINNER!

This poem is dedicated to those whose lives were so rudely interupted last week in More county Oklahoma. I’m sorry that you have to deal with this. Please know that you have friends everywhere that you don’t know and possibly will never meet, that wish you well and a speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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