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Oklahoma tornadoes: The tornado took man's home, not his humor

Tom Bridges put up a rummage sale sign in front of his Moore home, which the May 20 tornado turned to rubble. Passers-by want to know: is he serious?
by Juliana Keeping Published: May 26, 2013
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About two hours later, he had an idea.

“The idea made me laugh inside. And you know, you need that,” he said. “It cheered me up just for a second. It will somebody else, too ... they'll get a laugh out of all this mess. We need that.”

The sign has captured a lot of attention.

“That thing has been photographed many times,” Bridges said. “It's gotten a few laughs here and there. You get it where you can, when you can to keep you going.”

He and his wife plan to rebuild in the same neighborhood in Moore.

His neighborhood is in splinters — why rebuild?

“I've heard people ask that for years. I have a perfect answer for that. You tell me where in this world you're going to move that they don't have some kind of trauma once in a while? Earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, sinkholes — you tell me, where can you get away from that?”

by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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