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calendar   Monday - April 28, 2014

3am tea again

Damn. I’ve got to figure out the right temperature for the bedroom, with the right mix of blanket, with the right mix of fluid intake at what time before I go to bed. I’m tired of this waking up in the middle of the night, either parched dry or on the verge of flood. Same goes with waking up roasting or freezing. There’s just got to be some way of keeping the middle ground, and of keeping asleep.

And maybe I need to see if diet effects dreaming. I did a lovely tri-tip on the grill tonight, a medium sized 2.8lb one. Had to run up to the gas station to exchange propane tanks - price went up there too - and our cheap grill from last year is already showing significant signs of rust and wear. Whatever; the steak came out great. A nice salad, a moderate pile of tater tots, a slice of bread to soak up all that wonderful meat juice ... mmm that’s a nice meal. Easy and delicious. And yet later on I’m having terrible dreams. OMG, I’m reliving 2 or 3 of the worst dates in my entire life in my dreams. Nooo!! I haven’t done anything to deserve this! They were bad enough the first time; why would I ever want to go through them again? Maybe I need to eat more vegetables or something.

Ha, neat new plot twist on tonight’s Game of Thrones on HBO. Bran and his crew captured at Castor’s? Not just one but TWO direwolfs trapped and caged there? Interesting; this is absolutely not in the books. Cool!

I’ve got another dental appointment tomorrow. Sadly I’ve got a fair amount of minor work to be done. Nobody ever told me that those silvery amalgam fillings they used to put in would shrink and wear away with time, letting a bit of decay creep in around the edges! So now they’ve got to come out, to be replaced by the resin kind? Crickey. And expensive!!! I think this may be the last visit for some time. Looks to me like the price of dentistry has gone up over the past 8 years just as steeply as the price of gas. Which, you probably noticed, is up AGAIN. Barstards.

Fast check of the news ... holy cow, a couple of tornadoes tore things up in Little Rock Arkansas and in eastern Oklahoma. At least a dozen people killed.

The Arkansas tornado touched down about 10 miles west of Little Rock at around 7 p.m. local time and moved northeastward for at least 30 miles, the National Weather Service reported. It missed the state capital but passed through or near several of its suburbs, causing widespread damage in the communities of Mayflower and Vilonia.

According to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, five of the deaths occurred in Faulkner County, five more occurred in Pulaski County, and one occurred in White County.

The tornado, which grew to be a half-mile wide, turned buildings into rubble and stripped the leaves and smaller branches off of trees.

“Homes and businesses are destroyed,” DeCample said. “The size of the path sounds like a half-mile to three-quarters of a mile wide when it went through.”

The Arkansas storm, which was on the ground off-and-on for nearly 80 miles, was one of several tornadoes that touched down Sunday as a large storm system moved through parts of the Plains, Midwest and South.

Less than two hours before the Arkansas tornado struck, the twister hit Quapaw, a community of about 900 residents in northeastern Oklahoma near its border with Kansas and Missouri. Ottawa County sheriff’s dispatcher Kelli Soechs said it killed one person, not two, as her office erroneously reported earlier in the evening. Soechs declined to explain the discrepancy.
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Storm ratings for Sunday’s twisters were not immediately available. Before Sunday, the country had not had a tornado rated EF3 or higher — with winds above 136 mph — since Nov. 17. The 160-day streak is the fourth-longest on record. Sunday also would be the latest date for a year’s first storm rated EF3 or higher. The previous latest first big storm was March 31, 2002.

A half mile wide? THREE QUARTERS of a MILE wide?? I’ve got exactly ZERO experience with tornadoes and I’m quite happy that way, but isn’t that getting up into the Fist Of God territory? Those poor people.

The EF scale supplanted the older F scale for tornadoes, as actual damage done seems to be more important than sustained wind speeds. So what does that mean, that a F5 tornado out over the open prairie doesn’t count if it only tears up grass?


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