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Tornadoes are teh suck.
Satterlee Spry
badapplebettie wrote in mycroft_brolly
Survived the tornadoes that ripped through NC on Saturday afternoon. Just got power back this morning, but considering we were told not to expect service to be restored until Tuesday night, I feel very fortunate. Even more fortunate that my house is still intact. Several people I know were not so lucky.

Heard that flights out of New York were delayed and cancelled in some cases due to things being so messed up in the Southeast (love that domino effect) and at least one person missed seeing Frankenstein because their flight to London got cancelled. I can't imagine how disappointing that would be. She was saying that she and her husband were going to try to get day tickets for tomorrow's performance.

Now that I have my router back up and running, I can stop relying on the iPad to get online and do some of the work I need to do for the Undershaw benefit!

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I was just about to ping you, I read about the tornados and saw that they happened in Raleigh too (a place I'm ashamed to say I wouldn't have known if I didn't know you were living there)! Glad to know that you're alright, and very sad to hear about your friends! *HUGS*

Oh heavens, I wouldn't expect you -- or anyone else outside the U.S. for that matter -- to know Raleigh! It's the capital of the state, but it's not exactly a major hub. But I do like it. After growing up outside of Washington, D.C. and living in Los Angeles for 5 1/2 years, it was a nice change to move someplace smaller and more welcoming, for lack of a better word. I love going home to D.C. but it's not a particularly friendly city, and L.A. is even less so. I sort of consider them to be two sides of the same coin. Both revolve around one industry -- politics in the case of D.C. and entertainment in the case of L.A. -- and I found it very difficult to connect with people in both.

I moved back to the D.C. area after graduate school and most of my high school friends had moved away (or we just didn't have anything in common anymore). I didn't start to make friends again until I joined the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" online community and it turned out there was a whole group of us in the area. (In fact, the woman Sarah and I are staying with in Greenwich was one of those people! She moved to England about 8 or 9 years ago for work, fell in love with an Englishman and decided to stay.)

In L.A., I felt as though I could have gone to the same coffee shop every day for a year and no one would have bothered to ask my name. By contrast, within a week or so of moving to Raleigh, the woman handing me my coffee in the morning at my local coffee house had introduced herself and asked if I was new in town because she hadn't seen me before. I was stunned.

So while it's not a big city, and I do miss that sometimes, Raleigh's got a great music scene, good restaurants, and enough culture to keep me happy. And if I really want something more, I can always get in the car and drive the five hours to D.C.

And, weirdly, we've got the world's biggest sanctuary for rare and endangered lemurs, The Duke Lemur Center.

Unfortunately, it also has tornadoes, although I've been her 6 1/2 years now and I've never seen anything like that before!

Wow. I've lived in Singapore all my life and it's like Washington and LA and suburbs and tiny slots of countryside and basically anything you can find in a country squeezed onto an island. I think a place like Raleigh, where everybody knows everybody, would be like...I don't know... like my office. Not the shops or anything, but my office alone. Haha.

I'm actually heading to DC soon too, mid May, for a work trip. But it's a whirlwind trip (meeting the regulators~) and I'm only going to be able to spend a day there, so I doubt I'd get to see much of the US. Pity. ;_;

Aw, that's unfortunate that you won't have more time there. D.C. is a very interesting city. The Smithsonian museums alone make it worthwhile. Growing up, I spent a lot of time at the museums. My dad used to own a security/alarm company and he helped design and install some of the alarm systems for the Smithsonian so we were there all the time. And because admission is free, I assumed that all museums must be free. Imagine my shock when I finally went abroad in my early 20s and went into the Louvre for the first time. I was like, "You want how much?!" LOL

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I'd never seen anything quite like Saturday's craziness, and I've been here 6 1/2 years now. The damage is really sobering. I really do feel very fortunate to have come through unscathed.

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Thanks, Annie! It was a little scary there for a bit, but now that my electricity is back on, things are back to normal for me. Seeing all the damage in the area, I feel very, very lucky.

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