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post #51 of 85 Old 05-27-2013, 12:20 AM
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I found this video, so terribly sad.

Pat I know exactly what you mean, the grass is always greener. I am from the Sacramento area but I never really had either, earthquakes or wildfires. I am what you would call a weather wimp maybe?

I wish you and all others in those twister-prone areas calm skies and happy trails :)

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post #52 of 85 Old 05-27-2013, 01:14 AM
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That vet in the video is my horse's vet. What they're doing to help the horses is amazing.

Shawneen, I'm sorry. I know you didn't mean to offend anyone; I think my emotions are still just a little bit raw over everything that has happened. I'm starting to get defensive--we've had so many people say, "Why would you ever live THERE?" The only answer I can provide to that question is that it's home. And I bet my friend who just lost her second home on the same property to tornadoes 14 years apart would say something similar.
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post #53 of 85 Old 05-27-2013, 08:22 AM
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That vet in the video is my horse's vet. What they're doing to help the horses is amazing.

Shawneen, I'm sorry. I know you didn't mean to offend anyone; I think my emotions are still just a little bit raw over everything that has happened. I'm starting to get defensive--we've had so many people say, "Why would you ever live THERE?" The only answer I can provide to that question is that it's home. And I bet my friend who just lost her second home on the same property to tornadoes 14 years apart would say something similar.
It's home. There's no pollution. People don't live on top of each other. Sneeze in the store and people stop what they're doing, LOOK at you and say, "God Bless you, Hun.", lose your 2nd house in 14 years and everyone for miles around will come help you go through what's left to find your memories and anything usable.

People in this state are AMAZING. They are some of the kindest, most generous folks I've ever met. They're tough. Knock 'em down, take 'em down to dirt and they get up, dust off and start pulling it back together. One lady was interviewed right after she lost her beauty salon. She was crying and saying she didn't know how she'd go on, she'd lost her living. The reporter asked her, "Are you FROM here?" and she paused a second and said, "Yes, I'm tough enough to go on. I'll rebuild, I'm an OKIE.". That pretty much says all you need to say.

Folks around here are resourceful. They may not have the tool they need at the moment, but they will find a way to get the job done. I was at an auction a few years ago and an older gent had bought a trailer load of hay. He discovered he had a flat AFTER he'd loaded a couple hundred bales of hay. He also discovered he didn't have his jack. Well, he found some cinder blocks and old tire rims laying around and worked them under that trailer and got it "jacked" up so he could pull that tire and go get it fixed. I'd have been standing there wringing my hands and completely without a CLUE what to do. He just got it done.

Yeah, it's home.
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post #54 of 85 Old 05-27-2013, 11:23 AM
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I live in Kansas, but I will second what Dreamcatcher said. I'm twenty miles from the OK line, so I have lots of experience with Okies and Kansans. When disaster strikes, people step up. Neighbors take care of each other. In a situation like the Moore and Shawnee tornadoes, your "neighbors" might be people you've never met from three or four hundred miles away. But they step up to help, because we all know that others would do the same for us.

Tornado alley has wonderful farmland and grazing land. Farming and ranching is a way of life, so much so that even people in the cities know a great deal about it. Our schools are on a slightly different schedule than other parts of the country to accommodate farming. Wheat harvest usually starts the first week of June, so our kids get out before Memorial Day.

I've seen a lot of the country, and I don't think you could pay me to live anywhere else, tornadoes or not.

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I don't understand the "why do you live there?" mentality.

I live on the east coast so I get pounded by hurricanes every year. I used to live in the prairies, we got tornadoes and winters unlike any winter I have ever seen before. I lived on the west coast and got pounded by rain and a few earthquakes.

So tell me, where are you supposed to live that will hide you from all deadly weather?

The Ok tornado has been heart breaking. Families have lost everything, but the spirit that these people hold is remarkable. They all band together and help each other rebuild and pull together. I have been praying for those effected by this awful event. My work is actually donating parts of sales to the victims.
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So tell me, where are you supposed to live that will hide you from all deadly weather?



michigan. --wink--
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So tell me, where are you supposed to live that will hide you from all deadly weather?



michigan. --wink--
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I hear they have really BIG predatory mosquitos though.....
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Today's forecast is a perfect example of how much lead time it's possible to get on these storms. The noon weather says that today we may get some fairly severe storms along the dry line, which is on the Texas/OK border in the TX panhandle. The storms will weaken as they move east, so no real threat where I am in Central OK. By WEDS & THURS the threat of severe weather (Hail, Thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes) goes up quite a bit.

So today, I'll walk around and glance at the sky periodically. Tomorrow afternoon as things heat up, I'll look a little more often. On Weds, by the noon weather, I'll listen up real close and look at the sky a lot. On Thursday, even more. Chances are we'll get rain at the worst, but I'll be aware all week that something could happen and on those days where the threat is highest, I'll keep the critters closer than usual in case we need to take precautions. And, of course, I'll be praying that nothing bad happens. But I'll tend the vegetables, horses, chickens and housework just like I always do. I'll just pay a little closer attention to the weather.
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I don't understand the "why do you live there?" mentality.
I can only speak for myself, and I don't mean it in a derogatory way really. It just comes from the fear that I imagine I would be in if something like that were to happen to me. The though of living in paranoia every time the wind starts to blow. The helplessness that you would feel knowing your four-legged babies outside having to go through who knows what.
I think we, who don't live there, only see the aftermath of these disasters and we don't get to see the beauty of "home" on a day to day basis so it strikes fear in everyone.

I do get it, it's just part of life. Adapt and overcome.
You guys will be in my thoughts to get through this week safely.

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I can only speak for myself, and I don't mean it in a derogatory way really. It just comes from the fear that I imagine I would be in if something like that were to happen to me. The though of living in paranoia every time the wind starts to blow. The helplessness that you would feel knowing your four-legged babies outside having to go through who knows what.
I think we, who don't live there, only see the aftermath of these disasters and we don't get to see the beauty of "home" on a day to day basis so it strikes fear in everyone.

I do get it, it's just part of life. Adapt and overcome.
You guys will be in my thoughts to get through this week safely.
I see you live in Alabama. Do you live near the coast? Now THAT would put the fear of God in me......open water, big waves, flooding.....YIKES!

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