“I’m so dizzy, my head is spinning
Like a whirlpool, it never ends
And it’s you, girl, making it spin
You’re making me dizzy…”
So started a song by Tommy Roe way back in 1969, singing about the girl that was making his head spin. I could identify with that in 1969 as I started my senior year at Antioch Senior High school in Antioch, CA that fall. I remember this song well…it’s one of those “ear worm” kinds of songs that once it gets into your head, you just can’t seem to shake it out! The song would climb to #1 on the UK charts, #1 on the Canadian music chart, and #1 on the American music charts. By the end of 1969, it has sold over 2 million copies, giving Roe his 3rd golden record.
Well, today’s post isn’t really about rock and roll or music, but I thought the dizzy theme fit well. Last Friday night, we were watching television and the news cut in with a tornado warning. You may recall that last Friday was a really bad day across the US for tornadoes, and numerous folks lost their lives that night.
The tornado that was heading our way had started in Alabama, and the weatherman on the TV said that it was very unusual for tornadoes to last that long or go that far – that only the worst lasted that long. So they were really building this thing up. It was our first “close encounter” with a tornado since we moved here to Georgia in mid-December (it’s not tornado season yet). They advised people to “DUCK” (D= go downstairs, U=get underneath something, C=get as close as possible to the center of the house, away from outside walls and glass, K=I forget!!!), so we made our plan to crawl into a small closet that is located under the stairway in the house. As the tornado kept getting closer and closer, I started rounding things up that I wanted in the closet with us: cameras, notebook PC’s, iPad, my wife and the dog. I don’t know how we would have ever all fit if we’d had to crawl in there as it’s a very small coat closet!
But, before the emergency warning sirens in Norcross started going off, I snapped today’s photo of the TV screen…with my cell phone (so please excuse the poor quality!) figuring that I’d use it as a blog post (after all, this blog is supposedly about my life!) So, here you go. I drew a black arrow pointing to Norcross (where we live) and you can see the image of the tornado in the yellow/orange/red. It was moving from left to right across the screen, and if you had a scale of distance on the screen, we were maybe 3-4 miles from the orange area. You’ll see Johns Creek on the map…that’s where our church is, and it’s about 5 miles from us.
Thankfully, it missed us on the northbound side, and we couldn’t even see any evidence of damage anywhere that weekend…the tornado must have lifted up as it passed through here, though a man in a neighboring town did have his house collapse and suffered a broken leg and needed rescuing.
We’re just grateful, thankful, and relieved that it missed us and that no one else in this area was seriously hurt. It could be a wild weather year, and let’s pray that loss of life from storms and disasters this year will be minimal!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1971, “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier defeated Muhammad Ali (by decision, Ali was previously undefeated) to win the heavyweight title. Both Frazier and Ali earned a $2.5 million paycheck for their work that night. Smokin’ Joe just recently passed away, succumbing to cancer. While Ali and Frazier never became friends, they both held a great deal of respect for one another.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Hostess Cupcakes and Twinkies are Interstate Brands Corp’s., most popular snacks. Americans alone eat over half a billion of each every year! (And they wonder why Americans are fat!)