The old Cuckoo

My dad bought a cuckoo clock for his parents in 1970 while stationed in Japan. It hung at my grandparent’s home in Old West Lawrence until my grandma moved in ’87 (my Grandfather passed away in 1973 — I was eventually given his name).

When my grandma passed away a month ago, the first thing I asked for was the cuckoo clock, which remained in storage and in need of repair.

I took it in to Marks Jewelers to clean and repair the clock, in particular the cuckoo mechanism. I just got it back, hung it on the wall, and started the pendulum.

10,000

A little bit was made on the Fox News Channel about Senator Obama accidentally stating that 10,000 had been killed in the Greensburg Tornado in reference to comments made Gov. Kathleen Sebelius regarding the state of the National Guard in light of the Iraq deployments.

Obviously, he added the thousand by mistake. However, it is worth noting that a guest on Hannity and Colmes thought that Obama meant to say that 10,000 were left homeless. There’s just one problem with that: Greensburg has a population of around 1,600 and Kiowa county (where Greensburg is the county seat and largest city) has a population of 3,300. As Ron Wilson of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development would say… “Now that’s Rural”

So, basically, the tornado did not directly affect 10,000 people.

By the way, My aunt’s sister-in-law lives in the area…. the Tornado missed her place.

Update… Hello, Andrea

The low off of the coast of Florida has officially been recognized as a subtropical storm, as has been given the name “Andrea”

The current forecast is for Andrea to move to the southwest and, hopefully, bring some rain to fire ravaged areas of Georgia and Florida.

So…

The Weather Channel has sent Jim Cantore to Folly Beach, South Carolina to report on the, at the moment, non-tropical moving in from off the coast. Despite the Hurricane Season not starting for another 3 weeks, the Low offshore is clearly a threat. It could still get a name… if the NHC determines that it has achieved subtropical characteristics, it would either become “One” or “Andrea”

In Georgia, they could use the rain.

Assorted thoughts

Weather… we have the town of Greensburg leveled, and the highway closed to keep gawkers away. My uncle Marty’s mother in law lives in the area, and I got a couple of calls asking about her. Meanwhile, it’s been so wet around here that the Kansas River is running heavy, with flood warnings for the river until Tomorrow Morning.

Paris Hilton… maybe she should take some advice from Joe Walsh:

My Maserati does 185
I lost my license now I don’t drive
I have a limo ride in the back
I lock the doors in case I’m attacked