Monday, August 30, 2010

Death and Snowstorms

Hold the phone...somehow in screwing up a future post, I deleted my current post...and all the comments that went with it. I'll repost the comments since I have them in my email. Meanwhile, here's the damn post...again!

Everybody got caught in a snow storm over the weekend, right?

Yes, the VE effect of all things weird and ridiculous emulating directly from me seems to be intact and functioning. We were over at Crater Lake on the weekend because the wifey-poo and kids had never seen it. And if you’ve never seen it…shame on you. It’s the clearest lake in North America and also the deepest. You lose your keys in that water and you’re going to have to wait for new technology to go down and get it because the bottom averages somewhere around 1700 feet.

So needless to say after endless 80-95 degree days, the single day I choose to go was supposed to be 70 degrees. Well, the clouds started getting dark and the temperature starts dropping

58…54…52…48….44…41…38…35….32!

WTF? I’m in shorts and sandals and I’m traveling through a veritable blizzard along with all the Asian tourists that inevitably travel everywhere. My son didn’t think there would actually be any at Crater Lake. It’s sort of in the middle of nowhere so I made a bet with him. Sure enough, the very first car we saw people get out of…Asian tourists! Ah…such easy money…I sort of hate to take advantage of his innocence but he’s got to learn some time.

Even more fun was the fact that the “snow cloud” was actually obscuring the view of the entire lake…which is sort of the point of going there. We did find one small little visibility window and took a couple of quick pictures but that was it.

Oh, and if you don’t believe me on the VE effect, consider that for a second year in a row, the narrow-ass winding mountain road we chose to take to get back home was ground to a halt due to a fatal accident just up the road from us.

Last year it was a motorcycle accident within sight of us. This year it was a head on between a pickup camper and a sedan. The sedan lost…big time. It was a solemn grizzly scene because while we did not see the accident, just looking at the car you knew that nobody driving could possibly have survived. I haven’t seen a lot of cars mangled that bad…even in movies.

I guess if you’re gonna have to check out of the world prematurely, might as well leave a ten mile line of cars and an hour delay to get through the wreckage. I would.

22 comments:

The Incredible Woody said...

Whew! That was a close one. Thank God all of our witty comments were safe. Oh, and your post too.

Roy Scribner said...

We're driving through there on Friday, do you want me to snap some pics for you? lol

Roy Scribner said...

Oh, and I already got a sneak-peek at tomorrow's post in my feed :)

VE said...

Chris Wood said:

So you produce accidents wherever you go? This VE effect of which you speak, surely this can be harnessed for the general good? Where's Ann Coulter speaking? For God's sake man, get there quickly! There's no time to lose ...

VE said...

Incredible Woody said:

Simply gotta go now. Just sounds too appealing not to. But this is coming from someone headed to Death Valley next weekend where temps are predicted to be 110+.

VE said...

nonamedufus said:

Are related at all to Joe Btfsplk from the Li'l Abner comic strip? You could almost be brothers.

VE said...

Roy said:

Okay, so now I know when not to go on vacation. That's good to know, so thanks for the tip!

VE said...

Monkey Man said:

You should be a motivational speaker. I feel soooo lucky to be alive and not you

VE said...

VE then wittingly replied:

Chris wood – Wow, aren’t you just Johnny-on-the-spot jumping into first position here! Yes, if only I could harness and predict my powers…nobody would want to cut me off in the merge lane then! I’m afraid I can’t help you with Ann Coulter directly but I’m sure if she were at a beach I could whip of a nice Tsunami from afar…

Incredible woody – I go to Death Valley too…but in November/December when people SHOULD go there…not during the other 8 months of inferno temps…

Nonamedufus – Perhaps I’m the real life reincarnation of him. Can you talk to the cartoonist and have him write me in to win the lotto?

Roy – That’s right…go when I am not going…that’s the key…

Monkey man – I’m hear suffering so you don’t have to. But be careful, my effects radius is in your reach…

VE said...

Whew...now that I've recreated the original comments and the replies, I can address the new ones. Everyone will get their proper credit on the tally...don't worry.

incredible woody - Yes, that was really strange. I scheduled several posts for this week and my very last one somehow got posted even though I'd put a future date on it. So, I quickly deleted it but then I saw it in the list a second time so I deleted it again. But this time, it had actually delete both that and my current post. D'oh!

roy - Yeah, thanks...could you take that one of my wife and kids enjoying the breathtaking blue views too...

roy - You won't see that post for a little while. I pre-posted three and that is the longest one out. I like to post in batch sessions just in case I get busy. I do try and monitor the comments more frequently...

Elizabeth said...

I remember when I went up to Barrow for a job interview there were Asian tourists even up there! Why would anyone pick Barrow as a vacation spot??

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Baino said...

Ha remind me never to accept an invitation for a weekend drive. 32? That's hot where I come from, then we use Celsius.

Subby said...

WTF? , indeed! I'm still seeing all three posts in my reader. Finally clicked on the right one...

No snow our way but some poor mook did manage to wreck his '63 'Vette. Heck, we get 'em daily round here( especially on th' turnpike )...

And that tourist thing...what' up wi' tha'?

Mrsupole said...

Wow you would be so lucky if you saw me get out of a car at a tourist stop, you would get an Asian, a Native American (two different tribes), a Mexican, a Jew, and a European. You could seriously make some money with me, but I would want a cut. But it is good that you are teaching your son some very important things, you know, like not to gamble. LOL

Crater Lake is one of the ten wonders in the US. Just saw that the other day. It is totally worth visiting. We had a nice time there about 20 years ago. We need to go again sometime.

God bless.

VE said...

Elizabeth – I have a friend that worked in Barrow for about six years. I can’t say that it is a tourist destination other than being as far North as you can go in the USA…

Baino – Let me convert our 32 for you…it was ZERO degrees Celsius. So try to imagine that temperature right during summer…

Subby – A ’63 Vette is a terrible thing to waste…

Mrsupole – What? No Aborigine? And you say you’re diverse… ;)

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

I'm glad you're not Canadian and please don't come to visit us;-)

CatLadyLarew said...

So where do you live? I want to be sure to stay far, far away from that VE effect!

VE said...

perpetual chocoholic - I've been there a few times. You're fortunate...one of the few times there wasn't an Earthquake or hurricane or disaster following me...

catladylarew - You are fortunate because I live in the Pacific NW which is right in the corner of the USA so I can't do nationwide damage. Monkey man should worry though and I think I might even be able to influence Roy Scribner's fate on good day...

Janna said...

Wow, deja vu...
I was just talking to someone yesterday who visited Crater Lake, and he was telling me how it's the deepest lake in North America.

Thank goodness I float, otherwise I'd have nightmares about sinking to the bottom.
Although it would be nice to find my keys.

Jaime said...

after all the weird things that happen to you every time you travel, it's amazing that you leave the house :)

VE said...

janna - It also gets more snow accumulation than almost anywhere in the world...now I can see why!

jaime - The gnomes lock me out...