May 072009
  • Lea has resumed limited driving, but I’m still taking Nathan to school all week.  It’s good talking time, and I’m impressed with what’s finding its way into his head.  I don’t think I knew what a chloroplast was in the first grade.
  • We had a weak EF2 tornado—winds estimated at 115 mph—in the area yesterday.  Unless I’ve missed reports, I don’t think there were any injuries, thank goodness.  I don’t know exactly where it first touched down, but based on media reports and visible damage, it couldn’t have been half a mile from our house.  As it happened, I followed its eventual trail for a couple of miles about five minutes ahead of it.
  • I have a soft spot for Timex.  My first “real” watch was a Timex, and I’ve had a couple more since then.  They’ve recently released some nicer stuff upmarket under the brand name TX, with interesting complications, long-life batteries, and sapphire crystals.  I’ve not held one, but reliable net reports are that they’re well-done pieces.  They’re a tad dear for me to plunge, though, streeting around $500-600.  Plus, I’m a mechanical and rechargeable watch guy, and I don’t see a TX with a high enough gotta-have-it factor to break rank.
  • Good riddance, Senator Specter—screen door, and all that.  Dreadfully sorry you didn’t keep your committee seniority.
  • Thanks to hail sized somewhere between golf balls and baseballs, we’re getting a new roof soon.  All of our vehicles escaped.  The truck and the van were absent, and the clown car was in the garage.  I took the truck that morning on a whim.  It’d have been outside and pummeled absent said whim.
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is still available at my friendly neighborhood Costco by the case with an out-the-door per-beer price of $1.08.  That rocks.
  • Facebook continues to consistently think that I want to be friends with Barack Obama.  That algorithm needs a hell of a lot of work, boys and girls.
  • I’m not going to make it to the Indianapolis 500 this year, but I’m already looking forward to it.

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  4 Responses to “Thursday miscellanea #36”

  1. I’m glad to hear Lea is making progress.

  2. Thanks much, Greg. Me too.

  3. That tornado started off as a funnel cloud that whipped over my place before touching down near the Segers/Hardiman intersection. I was home at the time (dang sinus cold crap trying to pose as the swine flu) when I noticed the sound of the wind change. I got to my kitchen window in time to see the trees bent half over to the east and then they were swirling counterclockwise. The wind sounded like a jet whizzing by. Most folks say it sounds like a train, but when I think of something that “sounds like a train,” it’s usually the sound of the train horn, something I hear daily, nightly, and all times in between. But the wind did sound like the roar of a jet as it does a fly-by.

  4. wxchick: Half a mile from our place was a hell of a good guess, then.

    I didn’t really get creeped out until I got to the intersection of 20 and Sullivan. I could see the wind coming in waves from the south and west, and the west traffic lights would have been completely horizontal had they not been tethered at the bottom. I’d guess the straight line winds approached 60 mph as I sat there.

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