|30 April 2004|
Below, a blurry compilation, from husband's Flickr site, made from a jokey video he took at home following our very casual wedding in England. Ceremony comprised just him, me, Registrar, a driver and a photographer who kindly acted as witnesses, and an internet camera connection to the USA, so that husband's family could watch. It was 2pm in England, 8am in Oklahoma. Accompanying music is a scratchy old recording of "Take me to the land of jazz" - and is apt enough, 'cos he did!
In my early years here, we took some anniversary trips that I'd think twice (or 4 times) about taking at this time of year now! I think I used to assume that as long as we were out of Oklahoma all would be well. Not so, especially during the past two years when tornado tracks have seemed to change ever so slightly, veering a wee bit further east much of the time. Thoughts are with those affected by recent outbreaks, mainly to the east of Oklahoma.
Tornado watches and warnings are bad enough when safely ensconced at home with TV weather forecasters busily providing viewers with exact data on tracks of tornadic nasties in their area, but if away, blithely driving along some rural road when a funnel shaped thingie appeared in the distance, we'd be hard put to "keep calm and carry on!" Down flat in a ditch in company with whatever varmints and critters might also be hiding there doesn't appeal much.
Now, when we think of taking a break away from home in celebration of our late April wedding anniversary, I insist we travel only westward, well away from main tornado-prone areas. I had a rough plan in mind this year to try for northern New Mexico and a hop just over into Utah to see Monument Valley etc. That tentative plan has been shelved, mainly in case either, or both, of us were to suffer relapses while "on the road" of the endless sneezing, blocked nasal passages, sore throats, feverish temperatures and fatigue we both suffered a few days ago, possibly brought on by this year's "pollen vortex". A shorter trip westward remains a possibility this week, so if posts stall after tomorrow's, that'll be the reason.