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originally posted by: derfreebie
a reply to: Aqualung2012
Indeed a close call Aqualung! And from another loco
local (kinda now) F&S!
On the other hand when I run low on smokes the harp
player Worm gets nervous. He's dug in almost thirty years
now-- way too close to the Devil's Triangle for old trees
that don't look that healthy anyway. There was a parking
lot for Simpson right across the street made by Dundee,
Duncan and Slade Ave's. Fire Station #2 was on the skinny,
where Duncan dumps into Dundee there. Bricks long gone.
Yeah been there trying out the new jets in the BelAir a
million times or two. Done me with a 4-inch branch RIGHT
ON the hood scoop in '73.
Sounds too much like Scorsese..
"You know what a 4.4 can do to a Holley?" Cracked windshield
too, my insurance guy loved me. Just pulled away from Slade
n' Duncan and got Slade'd ROFL. Bleach the seat cushion, and
there's a freebie shaped (DOH) dent in the roof Gary bought in '74.
Back to the thread, and the trees-- now you got me worried.
I need to shoot him and Diane an email to see if they're out
by Monday... because a few of the oaks still peppering that asphalt
slab are older than Jimmy Page's closet door. I came within about
two feet of being an Allstate commercial myself.
BTW glad the nicotine monkeys made it home ok
originally posted by: Trueman
a reply to: Aqualung2012
My friend and I had decided to walk to the gas station about 7 blocks away from his house to get smokes, in the hope that we'd make it back in time to beat the absolutely evil looking cloud....
If the storm didn't kill you, the cigarettes will.
originally posted by: Daughter2
I'm in the Chicago area too but totally missed the storm. One of the things I noticed and actually thought about doing a thread is that major storms seem to be either going to the North or South and not directly hitting downtown. It's so strange. I know once they hit the lake many time the will either pick up or die down but I'm see it change course about 50 miles before downtown.
As a side note, it's amazing how many close calls people have and live to tell about it. There was a huge thread about it a few years back. There's a theory out there that people actually do die but the time line gets resets (like in a video game) so they can finish their life. So maybe you and your friend actually did die.
originally posted by: Aleister
Just used this pic on another thread, and thought it'd be appropriate here too. Glad you escaped the wrath of Khan or whomever. Did you think of running into the space between two houses, or under someone's porch for the duration? Seems a long way to run in this kind of weather without taking shelter. Here's the pic, taken by someone in Elgin with a cell phone:
In Palatine, winds estimated at 70 mph took down large trees
originally posted by: rickymouse
Whooo. Exciting! You will have something to talk about for many days in town.
You are alive, all you got out of it are some really good memories, something to talk about years from now with your grandchildren. Adrenaline is a rush.
Oh, glad to hear you didn't get killed. If you had you wouldn't be posting your experience.
originally posted by: new_here
a reply to: Aqualung2012
Geez, those are some CRAZY pics (and a beautiful neighborhood, btw- sorry for the loss of those trees!)
Considering those power lines I can see intermingled with trees, did you guys lose power?
In any case, glad you lived to tell about it. And a warning to us all, not to take Mama Nature for granted. She can deliver quite a storm!!!
originally posted by: KawRider9
Yeah, that storm was crazy! Upper 90's and humid as hell. So humid your eyes were foggy. And then....
I was outside putting a new mirror on a truck when the wind started picking up. I said, oh man, that feels good. Got the mirror on, grabbed my tools, turned around and was shocked that the sky was black. Looked like a wall of doom!
By the time I threw the broken mirror away, put my tools up and headed back outside, the storm was here and ugly. I'm four miles from where the tornado that ripped Washington apart early this year. It looked just like that day!
Me and a couple employees went outside to cool off in the rain. Well, that didn't last long. The wind and rain got so strong I wasn't sure if we were going to make it back into the shop. I was 100% sure the tornado sirens were about to go off and we were in for a hell of a ride.
This was the first storm where I got spooked and didn't take pics and I've been through several tornados. Wicked, wicked storm!
At least it's cooled way down. The heat and humidity has been kickin' my butt!
originally posted by: VegHead
Wow - thanks for sharing your story. That was really intense! Glad you guys made it. It's a shame to see those beautiful old trees snapped apart like that. Looks like a lovely neighborhood.
Below is a picture from the storm yesterday showing the Chicago skyline... eerie!
(this shot came from the linked article, I didn't take it)
Good luck with clean-up efforts. I hope everyone continues to be safe, downed trees and powerlines can be dangerous even after the storm has passed.
originally posted by: kaylaluv
Amazing! You hear stories where people are killed in freak accidents that shouldn't kill a person, then you hear stories like yours where a person should have died but didn't - makes you think that when it's your time, it's your time - and when it's not your time, it just ain't gonna happen.
originally posted by: Fylgje
Me and my family got caught out in a powerful storm like this a couple years ago. It was crazy. Cars were over-turned and huge trees down everywhere. It was a bizarre-looking storm. I watched it come in. The clouds were black as soot. I've never seen anything like that in my 43 years on earth and neither has anyone else who seen it. Someone in the neighborhood was grilling out at the time and he said his grill flew away and he was left standing there with a spatula in his hand. He said it was a powerful downburst that happened so fast that he barely had time to react.He ran inside for his life.
Glad you guys are okay. Thanks for sharing
originally posted by: Meldionne1
Mother Nature is no joke! ....never take her for granted, and people don't pay attention to the weather as much as they should ....or nature.....the art of reading nature is becoming a lost trait. My grandparents taught me to pay attention to the animals and nature. Birds especially can give signs of impending doom. ....OP, the insects you saw acting weird was a Sign of danger,and that nature is about to let lose.
originally posted by: opethPA
Damn ! Glad to hear you are okay.
Can't have an Opeth fan plus someone with the O inked on them like me getting hurt!
I haven't experienced anything like that and after looking at the pics and reading what you said I hope i dont.
originally posted by: Aqualung2012
a reply to: Aqualung2012
It may be noteworthy that this morning on my back porch I noticed ants and flies moving together in a strange cluster. Then later I noticed the bizarre clustering again but wasps, ladybugs, and ants on a tree all huddled together... I had even mentioned it to my friend, but since neither of us knew what to make of it, we just over-looked it. Probably nothing, just caught my attention.