Monday, June 2, 2008

Tornadoes and Boobies Redux

Recently I wrote a blog post called Tornadoes and Boobies where I intended to talk about our tornado near-miss and Stephen's bachelor party. Well, long story short, the post was seemingly lost forever ... but wait, the story isn't over yet! When I updated Wordpress today it showed back up in the drafts section- well, part of it anyways (WTF?). I'm not going to finish it, but I thought the least I could do is post what wasn't lost forever:
Tornados

Last Thursday night we had a huge storm in KC. Around 1:30 AM I wake up to all hell breaking lose- the walls are shaking, the house is making awful wrenching sounds, it's green and blue outside, and the noise is deafening. I shoot out of the bed like a jack-in-the-box and run as fast as I can down to the basement, screaming Courtney's name the whole time (she was still at work thankfully). I 100% believed the roof was going to fly off the house as I was running down the steps (luckily it didn't)! For about 3 minutes I stand at the base of the steps in the basement, completely naked and blind (all hell continues to break loose). Suddenly I get the picture in my head of rescuers finding me completely naked and blind. I decided at that moment that risking death is worth avoiding that kind of embarrassment and decide to run back upstairs and grab some clothes. After all, if they find me dead and naked they will just think I died in my sleep, not being a stupid ass! I run back upstairs- the bedroom window is cracked 4 inches and somehow that is enough for water to hit me on the other side of the room. I shut the window, grab my phone, glasses, and a robe and then sprint back down to the basement.

I only had to wait in the basement for about 10 minutes before it got relatively calm again. I went back upstairs and turned on the local news. They were claiming that the damage was being caused by straight-line winds. I've had enough experience with tornadoes to know that what I had just experienced was not 60 mph winds. The next day I find out that a F2 tornado hopped over our house! The damage to our house wasn't too bad... the rest of the blog post is gone :(

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