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I miss the snow

March 2, 2010 Leave a comment

I Miss The Snow

I miss the snow, with it’s golden white glow.

I miss the snow, giving the back pains that make me realize that I am alive.

I miss the snow, the sounds of wheezing old men that have replaced the song of the birds that have flown.

I miss the snow, the creeks of the old house as it folds into itself below.

I miss the snow, the sleds racing down and the kid’s faces just before they hit the trees and scream, “OH NO!!!”

I miss the snow, the pristine softness of the white blanket fallen from the sky as I admire it after falling on the ice down low.

I miss the snow, the men all in white with the carrot snouts and black charcoal eyes …

Oh wait … crap … those are actually the guys from the insane asylum.  They must have read my post and found out I escaped again ….

gotta run ….. and run ….. and run …..

-SWB

PS – Enjoy the snowball fights until Sunday.

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A Potentially Violent Tornado

April 2, 2009 Leave a comment

swbhuhLike many others I flipped on the Weather Channel this morning to see what was up. As soon as I started watching the meteorologist started talking about the current severe weather. I’m a Skywarn member and a bit of a wannabe storm chaser so this interests me. The next weather occurrence he predicated was that the weather system going through the mid-west could produce “A Potentially Violent Tornado” – which made me smile and go “huh?”. I’ve never known any tornado to *not* be violent. This inspired me to do a list comparing tornadoes types to see if maybe I missed something (remember, we all have much to learn in life):

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Violent Tornado: Runs through your house totally obliterating it and killing most of your family and pets.

Tame Tornado: Picks up your house, gently relocating it to the state you need to move to for your new job while being careful to not damage any household items.

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Violent Tornado: Picks up every cow in a pasture immediately killing them and the people in the cars that the cows land on.

Tame Tornado: Moves the cows to better pastures providing them with additional food while milking them to save time for local farmers.

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Violent Tornado: Completely destroys hundreds of years of historically important buildings as it passes through the center of a city.

Tame Tornado: Carefully sand-blasts the historically important buildings in the city it passes through beautifying and preserving them for future generations.

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Violent Tornado: Destroys all industrial buildings in it’s path, rendering them useless causing massive unemployment.

Tame Tornado: Takes old building materials found around the site and makes modern sculptures out of them that fetch high prices at national art auctions adding capital to the business the tornado ran through saving it from the bad economy.

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Hmmmm ….. I guess after making my list I now realize that there *are* tame and helpful tornadoes along with “potentially violent ones”.

-SWB

PS – What happened to those legitimate meteorologists that were on the weather channel? They in retirement down in Florida already?

A New Season Of Storms

March 25, 2009 Leave a comment

sswthuderheads051Thunderheads over SSW in 2005 – www.imagesbylawrence.us

Tis that time of year in Pittsburgh for strong storms to start popping up. We only have a few shingles left on our two car shed, so it would be the right time for them to be *really* strong – as Mother Nature has an abundance of humor.

It looks like this year will be fairly interesting also, according to the current National Forecast from Weather.com. I’m sure that the midwest will get some two and three cow tornados (the cow rating is an official measuring method used by Richard Kane and Pittsburgh area SkyWarn members derived from the movie “Twisters”). In addition to tornados I’m sure rivers will over-flow, gardens will flood, cars will float, and potholes will be filled (temporarily).

Hmmm ….. Pittsburgh hasn’t had a tornado in a while (and I really do miss that last one I saw in the rear view mirror of my car while trying to negotiate going down Sycamore St at a high rate of speed without crashing into anything to get away from it). Ahhh ….. weather experience memories. I’m actually quite happy that none of them for me included things like shovels, sump pumps, and the cleanup of human excrement that was once in my sewer.

Oh well, I guess how strong they will be depends on how successfully we irritate God and Mother Nature.

*Update Click Here for a current (03/25/09) article on the flooding issues with the Missouri River by Andrea Stone from USA Today.

-SWB

PS – Stay away from the lightning ….. unless you are a golfer – then hold that big metal rod *real* high and help with the slow elimination of a really boring sport.

It’s Spring (in Pittsburgh) … I think, maybe

March 19, 2009 1 comment

mothersday051108A few days ago it was nice, sunny, and happy. The buds on my fig tree have opened bringing it out of dormancy ….. so it needs to go outside now. The dogs are staring out the window waiting to dig up all of the spring flowers. It’s going down to 29 tonight. Huh?

Well, there are signs of spring … I’ve seen them:

  • The emerging craters known as potholes.
  • The Pittsburgh Police officers almost getting knocked off their bikes by the Downtown drivers.
  • The homeless residents appearing in various corners of The SouthSide and the river shores.
  • The spring beer pong competitions and dollar draft specials.
  • The entertainment promoters advertising they are trying to get Metallica to do one last Pittsburgh concert.
  • The Pittsburgh Penquins are actually winning.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers are starting to come out of hibernation.
  • There is still no sign of The Pittsburgh Pirates doing anything useful.
  • The lines of students at the airport flying home to their parents (or somewhere they haven’t told their parents they are going).
  • The motorcyclists going through road barriers and flying over ledges on tight turns.
  • Predictions of spring storms strong enough to blow the rest of your shingles off your roof are coming from the weather channel.
  • New fake Steelers garb shows up in The Strip District along with the roadside cell phone dealers.
  • You smell the Mancini’s bread stand from five blocks away and realize you can’t even get near it once you get to the store.
  • Sounds of accordions playing everywhere!!
  • Rain soaked club advertisement cards all over the sidewalks.
  • Your winter tires are bald.
  • Your prized spring flowers that just bloomed are now in your dogs mouth.

Yep – although it’s not in full bloom yet, it’s definitely the beginning of spring in Pittsburgh.

-SWB

PS – For the clueless, Beer Pong is not a game where you volley a can of beer between two racquets.

Powerful Storms

May 22, 2008 Leave a comment

Dunno … with the large amount of storms, tornadoes, and such lately around the nation – I’m thinkin’ we may have irritated God (or at least Mother Nature) a little.

Just guessing ……