Thursday, October 28, 2010

Just Call Me Dorothy

If you live in the states, you know that the Midwest is experiencing some really freaky weather. Walking to my car after work today provided evidence of how crazy-windy it was outside.


As you may have noticed, I am rarely without my camera; I love taking photos on my travels, and my daily commute is no exception.  I figured with today's insane winds, I might get a good shot or two on my way home. It wasn't long before I saw a good photo op...


[Wisconsin winters are COLD and snowy; some families build little shelters like this to protect their kids from the elements when they are waiting for the school bus. Good thing this was after school!]

I stopped to take another pic of that gorgeous tree I so love and then continued on my way. I was driving down a narrow country road when suddenly, a huge trampoline came flying out of a cornfield and bounced on the road just a few car lengths in front of me! As if in slow motion, I thought to myself, "HOLY CRAP! This is like the Wizard of Oz!"

The flying "saucer" hit the edge of the road and then continued bouncing and rolling across it.  I braked and grabbed my camera, thinking, "If I'm going to die, I'm at least going to get a photo of it!" Unfortunately, I couldn't get my lens cap off fast enough to catch it in front of me, but I turned and snapped it rolling across someone's yard...


Here's where it stopped (temporarily, for all I know).

I did knock on a door to see if anyone could help me secure it somehow, but no one was home.  (I ended up calling my local law enforcement and reporting it; that thing could have easily put someone in the hospital (or worse!) or at the very least smash someone's livingroom window!)


I looked underneath it for pointy red shoes but didn't see any...

27 comments:

  1. And here I always thought that only desperate men chased tramps around.

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  2. Dorothy, we had high winds yesterday too! I went outside on break, walked to the corner of my building and WHOOSH! I big wind blew off my Browns cap. So much for my outside time. I ran after my cap and went back inside!

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  3. Wow crazy...thank goodness you were driving and not Kendall chances are your flexes are better. Its crazy windy here today. Hold on to something!

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  4. For a minute there ... I thought that was an outhouse. Hmmmm. Bus stop. Close, right?

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  5. Dang. THAT is some wind-blown hair! We've had some serious wind here too. I think it's driving the insects inside because it's been a battle to kill off the little suckers for days!

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  6. Thank goodness the wind has finally died down!
    Lots of branches and trees took a beating the last couple days.
    Only thing good about the wind, it covered up my seriously bad hair day!

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  7. i hear you about the hair issue... we had those kinds of winds in the U.P. for the past couple of days too. power has been out all around us but luckily not in my vicinity. great capture on the trampoline!

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  8. Thanks Jeanne. I agree, June--I didn't bother to do my hair yesterday, because I knew it was going to be ruined anyway.

    Lceel--I thought the SAME thing!haha

    Frau, I was too afraid to let her drive--It wouldn't have been worth the lesson!

    Matty, Matty, Matty...

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  9. Glad you weren't trampolined to death.

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  10. Personally, I think that's a great look for you!!!!!

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  11. I've had friends lose trampolines in wind storms like that. Yikes! We were fortunate to be home Tuesday morning when the storms came through so we were able to go out and secure things like the awning on our gazebo.

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  12. I'm sayin...I've seen those big old trampolines up in trees. I'm so glad you made your way around it safely but checkin' under it for the
    'shoes' cracked me up girl.

    The windblown look....not you...Heeehehehe....just sayin'...

    God bless and have a very calm day today!!! :o)

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  13. I've heard about SO many trampolines doing that yesterday... methinks tramp owners might want to look into securing those buggers.....

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  14. Wow, that's crazy! The wind has been fierce here in Iowa too. But I haven't run across any runaway trampolines or fallen bus stop shelters yet!

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  15. There was a report on our local news station about the really strong and dangerous winds there in Wisconsin! I thought of you immediately. Be careful out there! Clearly you are... :)

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  16. Love your pictures! We've had some insane wind too that I think has stemmed from the midwest storms! I didn't catch any trampolines on my camera but I did catch some crazy clouds. Glad you were safe and didn't get swept off!

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  17. Scary stuff! You need to move down South. We just have hurricanes. (ha ha!)
    I actually had to call 911 this week too, there was a huge tree branch down across my road in the middle of the night. It was pitch dark and the branch was so big, I thought it was a tree. Very dangerous!

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  18. Just click your heels together and say, there's no place like home, there's no plance like home.

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  19. I heard it was windy, but GEEZ!!!!!

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  21. we had that crazy wind too but the only thing flying down the street was a neighbor's recycling.

    So after you went ding-dong at the door were you ready to announce the witch is dead?

    I bet all the spiders were blown away.
    great story

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  22. The winds were like that here in central Wisconsin all week. Lots of trees down and roofs blown off.

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  23. Nothing scarier than a trampoline on the loose, flying around, destroying everything in its path!

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