The Deadliest U.S. Storm of 2015....&......Happy New Year
My first thoughts were, on December 26th at 2:46PM, well I missed being here when the bank was open to make a deposit, and now I actually have nothing to do, except wait for my son's flight to come in at 7:40PM. It was very calm walking around SMU, I went down the entire walkway from the flag poles to the middle of campus where the entrance is, and I thought, everything is shut down, it is a holiday, I have been told to take time off and enjoy the holiday, with the exception that some higher-ups like chancellors or whatever they were, were thanking us for being in the health care field, because they knew we really did not take breaks. What am I going to do for the next 3 or 4 hours? I had no clue, it was a disaster within itself, I felt like a complete failure, having already fallen asleep in my bathtub after the attacks on Paris, friends were checking on me from other universities, some at Harvard, asking where I was, I counted up the hours I had spent towards this entire year, planning for my chess class, updating my life goals, It was 5:35PM and I was driving on Lemmon because I could not see the entrance very well to DFW, had to turn around, and I got an emergency update, this time it said take shelter tornadoes. It is in moments like these were our true tests really come from. At first I ran through the 3rd floor with the moving walkways, and thought I really don't want a tornado hitting all of this glass while I am trying to take shelter. When I get there, everything is shut down, and part of me is still asking, but what about my son's flight? I told a group of people who didn't know where to go, and none of us where suppose to be leaving the building to take cover, stay away from glass, there is a tornado a few miles from here that has touched down. I chatted up a pilot Michael Weisser, and told him he should go back to school and apply for the astronaut program. The San Antonio International Airport told me that they could wait until 11PM for the storm to clear, but that 5 different planes had already been diverted and nothing was allowed to fly into Dallas. So we rescheduled his flight until the next day, and I waited until we were free to go.