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Spring Storms, Latvians and More Snakes

Miss K asks 'Tell me why we live in Tornado Alley again?'. This look is the classic stink eye-directed at me of course

If it’s Spring and you are anywhere in Texas besides the High Desert, spring storms are a fact of life.  Miss K doesn’t like that-not one bit. I used to assuage her fears by pointing out the 40 ton bull dozer outside the door that would provide a safe haven if a tornado visited the neighborhood. Not that we ever got to the point of crawling underneath a dozer with a dog, a cell phone, a pack of Marlboro Lights and some dog biscuits but still yet, it was there if we needed it. Whenever the weather radio starts alarming and the weatherman starts breaking into our regularly scheduled program, she always asks ” Tell me again why we live in Tornado Alley?” I used to gamely try and explain it then it got to the point I would just say “It’s OK, I am going to look out for you.” Now it is just a rhetorical question that warrants a glance her way.

We have been fortunate so far this spring. There have been tornadoes within 15 miles of us and tennis ball sized hail a few miles south. A weather radio is a must if you are living in a recreational vehicle this time of year. New technology gives you the ability to mute all the annoying alerts; my MIDLAND WR300 Weather RadioShortwave & All Hazard Radios) only squawks for tornado or severe thunderstorm alerts.  Spend the $45 bucks or so and get a decent weather radio. It is early on an Easter Sunday morning and I have not had enough coffee as yet.  Excuse the bluntness.  Reminds me of a joke…

Question:  “What do a woman with no teeth and a tornado have in common?”

Answer:  “They will both end up in Arkansas in a trailer park at some point.”

I know, I know. Blame it on the (lack of) coffee, OK?

Redneck engineering - the rocks were in the base to hold it down

I have always made a little money on the internet, the last 10 years anyway.  The Google ads on here bring in a few bucks a month and I have other  websites of a more commercial bent that bring in more.   I watch what is going on behind the scenes as far as where the traffic is coming from and which search terms folks use to find the websites.  Same same applies to MyOldRV though it is more of a quizzical interest than business.  Lots of folks from all over the world visit here and they keep coming back.  I noticed in the logs this morning that someone in Latvia is a regular.  I have no idea what the appeal is but I feel embarrassed.  If I was on that show Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader and they asked me to point to Latvia on the map,   I couldn’t do it. Dumb ass Texian.

I also run down the search terms folks are plugging into Google to get here.  MyOldRV ranks up high in the Googlesphere  for stuff like ‘ants in my bed,  black tank smell and window AC in an rv.  Hey, we are gettin’ up there huh?  But then this one popped up in the logs this morning and got me to wondering….

‘help i have a SNAKE IN MY CAMPER’

I kid you not.   I tried it myself and sure enough, there we are down toward the bottom of the first page of the search results.   What is up with those poor people?  My heart goes out to them but I question the sanity of looking on the internet if you got a snake slippin’ around inside your camper.  Plus, why did they put the last part in all caps?  Did they think some way or another Google would  sense the urgency of their plight if they used the caps?  Are they expecting a search result that says ‘the snake is under the vanity in the bathroom’?

We live in interesting times folks, we certainly do.

End Note: Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed from the Transformer CD.   Been sort of a wild week here with the weather and snakes and such.  I actually remember buying this cassette  when it was released in 1972.  Christ!  Tell me that wasn’t almost 40 years ago.

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3 comments to Spring Storms, Latvians and More Snakes

  • Joel

    One of your tornadoes seems to have gotten off-track and ended up at our airport. Please take it back.

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    • admin

      I saw that Joel. I trust y’all weathered that one OK? One of the rig guys returning from supper yesterday reported he saw the vehicles from that Stormchaser show in town headed east. I don’t care for that type of notoriety.

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  • Joel

    We’re fine ourselves, thanks. We ate our dinner on our back porch while the drama was unfolding 10 miles away. Tornado sirens blared every 10 minutes, but there was only a light breeze where we sat.

    I hear they’ve re-opened the airport for flights.

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