Single Status Update
Yesterday was interesting to say the least. I got to work at 9am and worked until 4:30am today and the boss served up margarita drinks at around 1:30am. We were trying to get the 'soft finish' done on the book she has been working on for over five years (I only just joined the project recently). During the day severe storms were forecast for western Massachusetts (where I live and work). At around 4pm tornado watches were posted. At around 5pm tornado warnings. So we're trying to get this thing done, and there is this tornado threat looming and we're tracking these intense dopplar radar super cells on our smart phones as they charge toward us. At around 5pm or so a tornado (or two or three) ripped through the countryside and third largest city of the state (Springfield) 20 miles south of us. A friend's house was hit. The tornado and its destruction is front page news on http://news.google.com (or it was at around 11am.) www.csmonitor.com...What-are-deadly-tornadoes-doing-way-up-in-Massachusetts? I'll post a video of the twister soon. 200+ people were injured. It was the worst tornado to hit the state in 16 years. The last one ripped through my hometown of Great Barrington (60 miles west). "The last killer tornado in Massachusetts was on May 29, 1995, when three people died in Great Barrington, a town along the New York state border. The victims were in a car that was tossed about 100 feet away." http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/28108539/detail.html
Read more: http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/28108539/detail.html#ixzz1O8iIiGD1
At around 3:45am we watched the International Space Station, its arms tilted just so to catch the light and appear almost like a UFO sailing through the night's sky. I earned 44 hours of work in 19 hours (including a $250 bonus). It was an exciting day.
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"On June 9, 1953, a monster tornado sliced through Worcester and other central Massachusetts communities, killing 94 people and making it one of the deadliest single tornadoes in U.S. history." That's pretty impressive for a non-tornado state.
footage of the Connecticut river spawning one of the tornadoes that tore through Springfield.
I gave blood and donated a good deal of food when the disaster struck Joplin this year. For a while there, I encouraged a couple of our customers to buy some extra food to donate up front for help (I work at a grocery store ATM). Didn't accomplish enough, but I tried. Missouri really got raped over April/May, plus the insane snowstorms during the winter.