Working without miss
Eh. That's springtime in an Oklahoma or Texas news room.
But waiting, hoping and praying in a bathtub with your wife, two cats and a weenie dog? That's hitting close to home — and more importantly, to the house.
That was May 24 last year, seeking shelter in a “small interior room” for maybe just the third time in my life. From the way the weather people are talking, it could replay Saturday night — minus a weenie dog, since poor Bailey the Wonderdog, 12, went to be with Jesus the other day after going downhill fast the past six months.
Thanks to the modern technology of these kids today, who do you think disrupted my usual calm, cool and collected acceptance of news room chaos with text message after text message after text message on a stormy spring afternoon and evening?
My lovely bride, Dolores, weather junkie and native of Wichita Falls, Texas, where as a girl she came out of a fraidy hole the night of April 10, 1979, to find the outside wall of her bedroom gone, the room wrecked — but her Easter dress laid out perfectly on her bed where she'd left it.
• 2:39 p.m. — “OK, 3 bags ready to accept cats. Quilt in tub ... Uh oh. The cats sense something afoot. They've been sniffing the bags.”
• 3:11 p.m. — “Dang supercells! Meso is wanting to tornado by Amber and Pocasset. Hail 3 inches plus. OK. Low-level lock near Bridge Creek.”
• 3:34 p.m. — “Whew! Inflow not very strong yet, that's a great happenstance! That's partly why today may only be a precursor day. Stresses me out! LOL.”
• 3:58 p.m. — “Mike (Morgan, KFOR-4) has already said ‘sink drain.' ... David (Payne, KFOR) is screaming tornado on the ground in Norman. ... It's big and ppl can't see it bc of rain! Heading right for OU (University of Oklahoma). ... God, that David Payne is SUCH a stud tornado finder!”
• 4:53 p.m. — “Yep; damage in Norman. Thundering here (at home in Edmond) — lots more storms to sw. LOL, I heard them talk about ‘Jeff says it's near Main and whatever ...' and I thought, ‘gotta be Jeff Piotrowski (formerly with KFOR, now independent with www.Twister
So consider me on high alert. Last May 24 jarred loose the nonchalance of 25 years of news experience in Tornado Alley. My beloved's bridging of the news with our personal experience may have knocked it away.