Things Like This Always Happen To Me

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Yesterday was an interesting weekend finale. After running some errands, one of which being the grocery store, hence the picture of Chester in my grocery bag, K convinced me to go to the gym. Having eaten far too much the day before, I felt that this was a good idea.  I love using the manual treadmills there because it’s just such a better workout than the electric ones, plus you don’t use any electricity 🙂

We went to the gym, in ignorance of what was coming.  We both kept commenting on how “ugly the day was.”  It was ugly. The sun hadn’t been out all day and it was drizzling and damp, which is certainly not uncommon for IN during this time of year.

We got to gym, I bought a day pass because I’m not a member there and we went up the two flights of stairs to the fitness center.  As soon as we put our things in a  locker, the tornado sirens went off.  Tornado sirens are pretty common in Indiana.  They warn us if weather is getting bad enough that tornados are possible, so we go to the basement or any place safe from a tornado.  The staff at the gym made everyone, and I mean everyone, go to the locker rooms in the basement, which meant that Won and I had to separate.  I was ok up until the point that dozens of middle-school aged girls and their mothers, who were all freaking out because they were not “from around here” and that they hadn’t experienced tornado sirens before.  One woman, wide-eyed and freaky came up to me asking me if I was from here and if this was normal. I told her that it was.

What’s also normal is that when the sirens go off, there is usually a tornado touch-down somewhere nearby and this time was no different.  I didn’t tell her that.  The storms were bad enough that there were a couple of tornados I think and straight line winds. We had no idea it was coming or else we wouldn’t have gone.  Guess that’s what we get for cutting the cable and not regularly checking on the weather.

I had some major issues in that locker room.  I was in there for 1 hour and 45 minutes!  I was by myself, it was smelly, there were too many young children screaming and cheering.  They were there for some kind of water polo event.  As each minute went on, more and more people were pushed into the locker room.  It got to the point that I couldn’t stand it anymore and just left and went into the hallway.  To my surprise, no one said anything to me.  However, I was still alone.  K was still stuck in the locker room, not realizing that he could leave.  I asked a random guy to go in there and tell K to come out, but he couldn’t find him (more like he didn’t want to).

Anyway, after a day of idiots, tornados, sweat, and unhelpful people, we got home to find that the sun was shining a bit and the storm had passed.  We missed all of it.

It was a weird day, but I was glad to come home to steak, potatoes, stuffing, and Chester 🙂

Thanks for reading. I hope your weekend went well!
Megan

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70 thoughts on “Things Like This Always Happen To Me

  1. I am glad Chester got to miss out on the locker-room debacle. I watched your vlog the other day. Mean!!! (In NZ we say mean when something rocks). I can’t imagine living in a place where tornado sirens go off… but I suppose I deal with tsunami sirens at least once a month. I’m trying to decide if I like the thought of tornadoes or tsunamis better…

  2. Wow. That’s pretty eventful. I’m just glad you’re all safe and sound and reunited with your beautiful Chester x

  3. Your vivid explanation of this experience is very good, and I can almost feel how difficult it was. I wonder if I could have made it through this without a panic attack. You should be proud of yourself for having survived it. Use the experience in a positive way. It shows how strong you are and what you can endure. Remember that! I am glad you made it through it. 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

    1. I suppose I have a touch of agoraphobia. I am terrible with crowds. I hate feeling trapped with people and that terrible feeling of having to play nice. The general public angers and annoys me while simultaneously freaking me out. Anyway, I’m glad you can understand this situation! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

  4. And what will one say at the end of this story. I managed, I done it, I am yeah go on say it. Suoer Megan. You walked out not freaked out.
    An adventure worth telling. Keep smiling even on the ugly days.
    And sirens are normal LOL.

  5. I read about the tornadoes but didn’t know that you were living so close to them! My mom’s from over there and she was like “it’s common, most of the people who know what to do will be fine.” I’m glad to hear that she was right!

  6. Glad that you’re safe. Sorry you had to be separated from K the entire time. That would have been scary. Having lived in St. Louis, MO for four years in the past, I experienced some of those alarms, but no tornado came close enough at the time to doing some serious damage to the immediate area. That’s what you get for trying to do something positive to improve your physical health, right? Lol, isn’t this Murphy’s Law at work?

  7. The whole tornado experience happened to one of my best friends in Texas. She called me thinking she was going to die in a daycare bathroom and wanted me to call her Mom and sister if it hit. The tornado did a lot of damage then, literally right across the street from where she was. She was spared, but SO shaken. I could never live in a tornado zone where it’s common for them to happen at a moment’s notice. When they touch down in Pennsylvania or there’s an alert, I remind myself that someone is looking out for me and it helps keep me grounded.

    I’m sorry you had to go through that. I hope you’re feeling better. TTYS.

    1. It was not fun at all, but I wasn’t scared of the tornado warning. I’m glad that my apartment is in a safe location and underground. I really just don’t like being out when things are bad though. I guess no one really does. It’s good to believe in something 🙂

      1. I don’t blame you one bit. I’m personally not scared of warnings or weather on a whole, I know how fierce the elements can be and I have a healthy respect for them, but I don’t like situations where I feel trapped. The whole ordeal would have felt claustrophobic for me. I’m not claustrophobic in the least, but some situations feel that way, ya know? I’m glad you’re ok and safe. That’s the most important thing.

        Like you, occasionally I forget to keep tabs on the weather. I’ve gotten better though, with apps on my Kindle Fire and my new cell phone to alert me. I have the apps set to all four key regions of my life, so I know what’s going on in each place at all times. That helps a lot in terms of being prepared.

  8. Glad you’re safe! After seeing first-hand what tornados can do, and what this one did, I may not know you, but I’m awfully happy you’re alive!

  9. Should have though of you three (including Chester) more this w/e. Terrible stuff. I keep forgetting you is real people in a definite space and time outside a blog. Sorry. Will try to pray more and remember where my friends are!

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