So those who know me well, know that I was born and raised in Michigan. And there is something really funny about people that were born and raised in Michigan — we think of ourselves as bad-ass. I’m not sure where it comes from. Maybe it’s the 40 below winters, having to put up with a ridiculously lame NFL team for entirely too long, the whole midwest constitution thing. I can tell you that those of us from Michigan believe that everyone who was raised in a state OTHER than Michigan can’t drive worth a damn, will never truly get Monty Python humor, and get way too worked up about inclimate weather.
Tuesday, here in Orange County, it rained. Okay, it rained hard, I’ll give you that. And around 1:30, the weather service announced there was a tornado warning for our area (a thunderstorm with tornadic clouds was in the area). We turned on the TV to check it out and you would have thought that armageddon was upon us. The weather people and “news” anchors were having the time of their lives. Finally, their chance to interrupt regular programming to provide the viewers in their area with no new information about anything. My personal favorite was the “man-on-the-street interview”. You know the one… where the guy in Temecula has a cousin down in Mission Viejo who called to tell him that it was raining there — HARD. And what about that “tornado”? Not much of one as it turns out.
To be fair, it HAS been raining buckets here for about six days straight. And much of it has been hard rain. But, people. Come on. It’s RAIN!
I have also heard that many of the flights in and out of Northern and Southern California have been cancelled. Once again, I’m going to put on my Michigan bravado and say… REALLY PEOPLE? Pilots in places like Michigan and Minnesota fly in lightening storms, ice sheeting and blizzards. For the love of Pete, man up already, Southwest!
So, I will now gracefully step down off of my soapbox. I’m done. Besides, it’s raining here. I shouldn’t be using electronics. 🙂