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Tuzilla  (Level: 131.0 - Posts: 3769)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 11:27 AM


I met redsox9 for a baseball game at Comerica Park in Detroit last night. He was in for a game as part of his annual cross country baseball tour. The start of the game was delays 3 1/2 hours by some horrendous storms followed by steady drizzle. However, it finally started at 11:00pm and went 11 innings, of course, ending at 3:30am with a walkoff game winner by Guillen. So the Tigers beat the Yankees and Roger Clemens 9-6, and all was good. I posted a picture of us I filched from a fan site on my profile.

My wife had called my about 9:30pm. Power was off from the storms back home in Lansing. The I got a call from my son saying their had been a tornado on the south end of town, which is where I live. When I got home, I discovered the tornado had touched on Miller Rd., which is where I lived for 12 years before moving a very short ways away 8 years ago. I went on a drive around this morning and was amazed to see about 100 trees down over a stretch of about 6-8 blocks. A few were on garages or roof, but structural damage appeared minimal. Many side streets were blocked off by fallen trees and crews cutting them up. The house I used to live in was in the center of the damaged area, although it appeared to have only lost a couple large limbs from the many trees on the property. My old next door neighbor has a big tree down in his backyard.

The paper says the twister first hit about 20 miles away and did some structural damage, hit my old neighborhood, then hit again about 5 miles on doing some damage to a few buildings and rattling the tornadoes favorite standby, a mobile home court.

So I guess at the end of the day it was:

Det Tiger 9 runs 11 hits 1 error
NYC Yanks 6 runs 10 hits 0 errors
A Tornado 1 runs 03 hits 0 errors or injuries

So all is still pretty good.

Koota  (Level: 180.6 - Posts: 2098)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 12:09 PM

I guess you all came out ahead! I'm glad there were not injuries!

I grew up in Indiana ... essentially in the middle of tornado alley. I used to have Tornado nightmares beginning every March. I'm lucky to live now in an area in which we see very few tornados. I sleep much better.

Ladyvol  (Level: 202.9 - Posts: 5436)
Sun, 26th Aug '07 12:14 AM

Great to know that you and your family are okay Steve...3:30 in the morning? WOW...on the ballgame...

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 26th Aug '07 12:58 AM

Yes Steve,
Thank goodness you and your family are fine and your
neighbourhood. I am always amazed at the INTENSITY
of the weather in the States. Don't think the rest of the
World knows that you too have extreme weather....but have
set up such good infastructure and support systems to stop
most events from radically affecting people's lives.
(Katrina was a major exception, of course)

Redsox9  (Level: 153.0 - Posts: 1267)
Sun, 26th Aug '07 11:44 PM

Only a true fan would stay until the end of the game, or the fact that it gave me an excuse to have a couple of more drinks. It was such an eerie feeling to be in the stadiun until four in the mrning. It was well worth the wait. But the best part was that the Skankees got beat. Thanks Steve again for hanging out and showing me the good areas of Detroit, both of them.....

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