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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Mother Nature Is Cruel

Peek-a-boo! An Altima peeks through fallen pine branches.

Mother nature, finally fed up with her own generosity, said "enough" on Friday. Over the course of two days, Mother nature took her ball, in the form of bizarrely warm weather, and said "I'm going home." What we were left with was a tremendous wind storm that did some severe damage all over the city.

Outside my workplace, a massive pine was uprooted by the cold wind. It would have been very interesting, yet sad at the same time, to watch this tall conifer blow over and land on my co-worker's car.

It would have been even more interesting to hear her insurance company's reaction - since this wasn't even her car. It was a rental she was given after she was rear-ended by a transport truck two weeks ago.

Within an hour of this incident, through pouring rain, the incredible wood-grinding abilities of industrial woodchippers arrived to eliminate the downed giant. Remember the woodchipper scene in Fargo? Similar. But with less blood.

On the other side of the city, floods destroyed homes and cars and endangered people's lives. Power lines were knocked down leaving homeowners, restaurants and schools unable to watch 90210 reruns.

Back at home, massive 100+ foot trees lining my street survived much better than expected. Only a few dead branches broke off and crashed to the ground. Most were less than 10 feet long, and only one was longer than 25 feet.

With all the disasters occuring across the city in various forms, we definitely got off lucky.


Blogger Rainypete said...

I hope you stayed indoors. A little fellow like you would blow away in all that wind!

12:53:00 PM

Blogger Chana said...

i don't think i heard of the weather problems up there. glad you guys made out alright. that was a close call for your co-worker's car. it sounds like Rainypete's luck with the car thing..back to back yuck. ouch.

hope it all is back to normal. we have been enjoying delicious weather here, finally, again, :) ..

1:46:00 PM

Blogger Aims said...

Hope you stay lucky. It's been pretty windy here lately too

4:04:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I can say about that wind is, "Excuse me... "

4:11:00 PM

Blogger ms. creek said...

i love extreme weather!

8:34:00 PM

Blogger SJ said...

So you did see the reruns after all?

10:20:00 PM

Blogger patti_cake said...

LOL @ Rainy Pete
Glad you and yours were all safe and snug and tree-free!

9:02:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Thanks for caring everybody. The day ended well for me. I didn't have to call my insurance company for anything, and I saw Brenda and Dylan get back together.

11:13:00 AM

Blogger honkeie2 said...

Whenever I see floods on tv I always wonder if its ok to swim through your neighbors house.

10:44:00 AM


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