I’m not one of THOSE bloggers. You know, the ones people speak of in hushed and reverent voices. The elite, set-apart crowd who eventually get publishing gigs. I don’t go through life having the ability to pull together a painting, a photo of a flower, a conversation with a neighbor, a psalm verse and an experience from childhood into an award-winning post that brings people to tears and changes lives. Hopefully I make people laugh occasionally. At least lie to me and tell me I do.
Sometimes I wonder why the heck I have a blog. Any idiot can type drivel and then click “publish”. Maybe the key is not to take it too seriously? If I know it’s drivel, then I can’t get puffed up about it, right? Sigh.
I can tell this is going to be “one of those days”. Yesterday was a “day”. I managed to make the bed, go to the library, sew buttons on a sweater, take care of a baby who screamed for an hour (??), and put together some supper anyway. Admittedly, I don’t think I was one of those shining examples of saintly humanity when I was doing so, but anyway, it got done. One foot in front of another.
All you people out there who list “making the bed” as one of your accomplishments, don’t give up hope. Sometimes you have a month-long string of such days. But somewhere in there, I bet you said something to someone that made their day, even if you didn’t know it. You fell down a lot, but you got back up too. Your kids love you anyway.
This is turning into a stream-of-consciousness blend of nothing, so I’ll throw in this funny bit from a meteorology book I was reading last night and then stop. Maybe someone will smile, and then my job will be done.
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The Weller method [of detecting an approaching tornado] consists of the following steps:
1. Turn on your television set and let it warm up.
2. Turn to channel 13. Using the brightness control knob, darken the screen so it is almost black.
3. Turn to channel 2. Leave the set alone. Do not reset the brightness after the initial adjustment.
4. Lightning appears on the screen as horizontal streaks or flashes. (A color TV produces colored lightning.) As long as the screen does not have a steady glow, the storm is not a tornado.
5. The signal of a tornado is an increasingly steady, bright, white light. Or, if there is a station in your area on channel 2 and the darkened picture becomes visible and remains visible, a tornado is coming.
6. Take shelter. Do not get so carried away in watching the screen that you forget to seek cover – fast.
Tornadoes, Thunderstorms and Building Damage, Eagleman, Muirhead, Willems, c. 1975, p. 22