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27 March 2014 @ 12:22 pm
So close, and yet still not Friday...  
So, a weekend happened, and yet I didn't touch the taxes. Must finish this week at the latest, now that I've resigned myself to the fact that it's going to hurt!

We saw Gravity this weekend, which was really good and which may have cured me from any fantasies about going into space. I can see why it was a challenge to film, as most of it is actually set in space outside of any ship or other structure.. That's a lot of virtual Zero-G greenscreen work. Still, the results were great. Worth a movie theater viewing.

HalfshellHusband (rayaso) and I both worked on our LJ Idol entries. Mine is here (I went with humor, after abandoning a poem), and his is drama. He started a completely different idea, which would have been kind of long for an Idol entry but was really fantastic. Then he lost Sunday to some medical issues (no serious aftermath), and regrouped and wrote an entirely different idea. It's very good, but I still ALSO want the other story. For reasons.

I ran near the office on Wednesday, for the first time in ages, since the weather was cool enough and I thought I could find enough trail/blacktop. I'm heavier than I used to be, so the discomfort of the "trail" part came as a surprise. Those rocks/gravel really chew up your feet when the dirt is completely dry. There's no "give" at all. Ouch! OTOH, the city added some bike trails since I last did that, so there are more options. Who knew?

I forgot to mention, re my previous run (where I did not fall)... We have a "menagerie" house in our neighborhood (as you do), with occasional cats, rabbits and a peacock in the front yard. I hadn't seen the peacock in years (last spotted on the house's roof), but I heard it when I was out running last week: "Urrrr! Urrrr! Urrrr!" That sound was burned into my brain during a trip to the Smith Family Luau on Kawaii. The farm has beautiful grounds, with a lot of peacocks, and a pre-dinner floor-show with a fake volcano. The peacocks find the volcano alarming, even though it goes off nearly every single night. Their screaming makes the whole volcano effect seem less than awesome, let me tell you. ;)

Last night, a tornado briefly touched down near my office. We don't really have tornadoes here in California, but some people had gotten phone alerts. Several of us stood in the lobby watching the massive wind outside, thinking, "Maybe that warning was real?" It died down, and we went outside, and off to the North was a semi-bright greenish-yellow cloud area where the middle was rotating around a large axis and a finger or two was poking down. Time to get the hell out of here! I thought, and zoomed away in the car... past people who had pulled off to the side of the road to take pictures of the thing with their cellphone cameras. Do they not know what tornadoes DO? It was moving away, but it's best to be as far away as possible, just in case. There was some roof damage where it touched down but nothing else, thank goodness, and no-one hurt or killed. I lived in Peoria for three years, and despite tons of warnings I never saw a tornado or its remnants. Of course, when we had tornado warnings THERE (and they're frequent), I spent a lot of evenings in the NW corner of my basement, bored out of my mind in a windowless, smelly room...

So, plans for the weekend? Or just hoping to GET to the weekend?

adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on March 27th, 2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
Ohio is tornado alley too. Wow! That's rare in the west coast. This weather really is messed up. AW
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 27th, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
We get tornadoes every once in awhile around here, because California's Central Valley is pretty big and also fairly flat. But they barely touch down, if ever, and don't do much damage.

Illinois gets a lot of warnings/watches, BUT... half of Peoria is on the only hill for miles and miles around, and that bump in the terrain used to make the tornadoes dissipate. They'd start in the TriCities area (near the Iowa border) and start moving toward Peoria, then peter out before getting there.

Still didn't save me basement time, though. :O
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on March 27th, 2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
Every time I hear about tornadoes in California I think of the movie The Day After Tomorrow and worry that we are in for a superstorm that will bring on the next ice age.

But that is me just being a drama queen. I know the science in that movie is completely bogus. Still, I love that movie.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 28th, 2014 05:06 am (UTC)
I haven't seen that movie, but I see that it stars Dennis Quaid, and I've always kind of liked him.

Tornadoes aren't common here, but they show up every so often in flat places and briefly touch down before dissipating again. Thank goodness-- I really hated that part of living in the Midwest!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on March 28th, 2014 05:20 am (UTC)
You must watch it. It is silly, but thoroughly enjoyable.
oxymoron67oxymoron67 on March 28th, 2014 01:40 am (UTC)
Tornado! Peacock!

I went to grad school at the U of Illinois, so I saw my fair share of tornadoes. Pittsburgh? Not so much. The hills break things up, I think.

A few years after I moved to NYC, a tornado was spotted in Brooklyn.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 28th, 2014 05:10 am (UTC)
Ah, Champaign-Urbana? Lots of flatness for the tornadoes to get through. I knew nothing about them when I moved to Illinois, including what the tornado siren sounded like.

A tornado in Brooklyn strikes me as odd-- does that mean it dropped down, rather than staying a funnel cloud? We get still more funnel clouds that do nothing.

A coworker said today that there was a tornado somewhat near the office right after he moved there from the Bay Area. It touched down in a place with very little development, though it still managed to find a trailer park. Don't they always?
cindy: pocket dork!tsuki_no_bara on March 28th, 2014 04:24 am (UTC)
i totally would've been one of those crazy people pulled off the road so i could take pictures of the tornado with my phone. i mean, tornado! i've never seen a tornado! and i think wild weather is really cool.

those hawaiian peacocks do not sound very bright.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 28th, 2014 05:12 am (UTC)
Wild but dangerous weather! I'd never seen a cloud rotate like that, and someone pointed out that at that distance, the 'bowl' of rotation was probably at least a mile across. But that yellow-green color that Midwesterners call a "tornado sky"-- it was definitely not something I'd seen before.

The Hawaiian peacocks cracked me up. "Danger! Danger! Danger!" every single night, for years and years, and they never got over it. Might have been the lizard-brain speaking up for them. ;)