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Knew we should have built that ark...

Actually, it's not as bad as all that, at least anywhere I've immediately dealt with.

Last night's performance was cancelled, not because the theatre specifically needed to be closed, but because the other girl in my one-act was leery of driving in from the 'burb next to where the funnel cloud was spotted yesterday. Can't imagine why that would be. I was more relieved than anything (although I had been looking forward to seeing iingaartist! *pout*), both not to have to go into the city and not to be the cause of its cancellation myself (since the best case scenario had me arriving about 45 minutes after scheduled curtain).

Of course, I found this out when I called in from I-294, where I had been merrily creeping along at a top speed of 10 mph for a Very Long Time. (For the locals -- from the 294/290/88 mega-interchange aaaaaalllll the way up to I-90, and it looked to be the same as far as north as I could see when I exited.) Through sheets and sheets of rain, and an extremely impressive 360-degree lightshow. The ginormous lightning bolt splitting the sky from beyond the scope of my windshield to the horizon, simultaneously with a similar one directly behind me that was reflected clearly in the back of the silver van I was following, was particularly impressive.

It's not my normal route home, but if it were it would normally take just slightly longer than my usual one-hour commute. Last night took two and a half.

This morning, since we are currently a one-car household, I got to get up at 4:20 am to get brainiacfive into the heart of downtown Chicago by 6:30. I was...less than sanguine about the radio reports indicating that the majority of Villa Park (home of Office of Doom) was without power, and extremely relieved to see lights on when I arrived. Getting up at that hour and then not even being able to work would have been...actually, I'm not sure I have a word for what that would have been.

As for home, the house has been there for a hundred years for a reason. We're one of the higher points in the neighborhood, and on pretty high ground (thank goodness) relative to the river six blocks away, which happens to be the same one flooding BigBabyBrother's neck of the woods upstream. (He and Fiancée had some wet basement issues, but are otherwise fine.) So far, so good.

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neonhummingbird
Aug. 24th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
I got that same light show in the shuttle from the office to the Yellow Line; exceedingly impressive, yes. And very unsettling until I got home and could just watch it from the living room. Sorry you got stuck in that mess for so long, but I'm glad you're all right.
wiliqueen
Aug. 24th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
I was actually weirdly unbothered, other than while I was worried about getting to the theatre on time. Probably in large part because traffic was moving so slowly -- even if there had been a multi-car pileup, nobody would have had worse than a mashed bumper.

Also, I'm just weird with storms -- I'll worry about a specific objective threat, like "hey, look, funnel cloud, hope it doesn't eat the house" (yes, I seriously stood in the middle of our street and watched one get bigger once when I was about 14), but I just don't get a fear reaction from the storm itself.
kevenn
Aug. 24th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
Yikes1 A lot of crappy waether there. I keep hoping it will swerve away from us. so far so good. (Knock on wood!)
vissidarte27
Aug. 24th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
I feel your traffic pain.

I spent four hours on 294 trying to get to Ravinia yesterday. It was a royal mess.
wiliqueen
Aug. 24th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
Eeek! I saw your post, but I wasn't sure where the concert was. That would have been...eek. I was soooo relieved when I got off on 90 and could move again.

Very, very glad it was worth it for you! :-)
iingaartist
Aug. 24th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
I rescheduled the tickets for next week's performance so we will try again. :-)

The funny bit is that while it was stormy here earlier in the day, it was barely drizzling in my neighborhood when we left. (Yeah, I missed Amy's call by about five minutes so we actually drove to the theater, but no worries as traffic wasn't bad on the surface streets and we stopped for pizza on the way home so it wasn't a total loss.) We listened to the car radio describing all the downed power lines and trees in the suburbs and then the DJ's were marveling that the Sox still hadn't decided whether to call the game due to weather or not. "How can they think there's a chance they can still play in this storm?" And I kept mentally answering, "Because it's barely drizzling there."
wiliqueen
Aug. 24th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
I rescheduled the tickets for next week's performance so we will try again. :-)

Yay!

Just tell me you got good customer service. Last time I had people come out to see me somewhere, there were some issues on that front...
iingaartist
Aug. 24th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
The guy who answered the phone (didn't get his name) was nice and when I said I wanted to re-schedule for the next week his response was "Great!" (The note on the door of the theater said to call to reschedule or for a refund, so he was probably happy I didn't want a refund.)
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