Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I got the idea from Steve's blog here. I am the proud owner of two 30GB Zune media players. I know, I know, should've bought an Ipod, but I didn't. Here's my story. I am getting things together for our youth group's New Year's party and I go to plug in my Zune and lo, and behold, it freezes up! Me thinks, hmmm....I need to reboot this crazy thing. So I try without success to reboot the Zune....it is frozen on the startup screen!! So, me thinks maybe there are some other upset Zune customers and I do a Google search on "frozen Zune" and walla! Looks like it's Zunepocalypse!!! All Zune 30 GB's are freezing up across the world!! Possible cause: Zune's internal clock is not programmed for a leap year & blitzes out. Possible solutions so far: Crack the unit open, voiding any possible warranty and disconnect the battery and reconnect & reassemble. I tell you, I am gonna crack this thing open......but I highly doubt thet there will be any reassembling because of mass structural failure of the external casing!!!! Ok, in English....It's time for Susie Sledgehammer!!!!!
It's crazy. Oh well, time to get an Ipod.
I, like Steve, am ready to do some major destruction on stupid consumer products!!
Edit......1-4-2009.....I fired the Zune up this morning and walla!!!! It works!!!!! I guess that in Microsoft's brilliance they forgot to program a leap year into the Zune so it did a Y2K-ish thing....froze up on the 366th day of the year!! Go figure!! I'm still in the market for an Ipod after I get all my Christmas bills paid lol.....
Lanny told me that Randy was out driving and swerved to miss a deer at 70MPH and hit the ditch head on! I can imagine that Randy and his family & friends are thankful that the outcome was not worse. Randy refused treatment at the scene but his family is watching him closely and if there are any signs of internal injuries then they will take him immediately to the hospital.
Let's all band together and pray for ol' Randy. Hopefully he will be ok and out on the road chasin' those naders very soon!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
It's a matter of faith...
It's my blog and you can read it if you want to....if you don't, please move on:-)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I understand why they have to shut the dealership down, but I don't like it. Sure all the execs involved from Ford Motor Company down to the dealer levels have made some bad decisions, but it's always the little guy that suffers, no matter what. Well, I know at least 75 employees that will have a blue Christmas...
I have played the big company game, and I don't like it. Short of buying my own business or going into ministry full time, I guess they have me exactly where they want me--uncertain! Well, I am one up on them.....I know where I'm going, and I know Who is gonna take care of me----the Lord!!!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I am back among the living, and feeling much better. I hear that there are multiple "bugs" going around so be careful everyone!
In other news......looks like a massive cold front on the way Sunday afternoon/evening followed ny multiple rounds of "wintry precip" which means...look out!! Maybe another ice storm in the making???? Anyway, everyone make sure you have plenty of stuff on hand just in case!! I know I'll be going to the store this weekend to stock up!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Well, to start off, my friend Mike is doing ok. He takes chemo once every two weeks and the rest of the time he tries not to be too sick. Thanks to all who helped Mike throughout his very hard journey. He has only five more of these treatments to go!! Please keep him in your prayers!
I read today that two teenagers died in a crash in Pawnee County last night. You all know the burden that I have for kids and for them to stay out of trouble. Alcohol was involved and led to two needless deaths. Now 2 different families will have a very dark Christmas thanks to alcohol abuse.
Busy times are coming! The youth at church are working on a Christmas float for the Claremore Christmas parade! Come by & watch us in the parade this Saturday on main street.....starts at 6pm.
Lastly, stay tuned for a chaser get together/gathering...whatever you want to call it coming in January! I have to find a place to have it, but I wanna get chasers together to relieve a severe case of SDS:) we'll have food, soft drinks, and chasers are encouraged to bring their videos from the past to brag on!!!!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Read this article...and PLEASE pay attention to the part that states that the children involved in the accident had lost their mother "some time ago" and the grandmother was taking care of them. Well, thanks to a total idiot that decided to get loopy and then drive around, the kids have a new tragedy on their hands, that's if the little girl survives.
This lady blew a .12 and had been reported to our boys in blue well before this tragedy but communication evidently broke down between the 911 dispatcher & the units on the streets. Now I appreciate our police and totally respect them--that's not my beef. My problem is two-fold, 1. this lady should not have been on the streets to begin with. 2. I have called 911 on SEVERAL occasions only to be switched multiple times, put on hold, even hung up on! Reports show that several folks called this lady in as she went from hwy 169 to the BA to hwy 75, more than enough time to have avoided this tragedy. It's not the police that need fixing, it's the system of receiving & dispatching these urgent calls for help that needs a 911 call itself....and FAST!!
How many more people will have to die? How many more kids will grow up without a mommy or daddy? FIX THE SYSTEM, TULSA!!
Now to the real issue, drinking & driving. I implore...no...I beg you...if you drink, do us all a favor and get someone to drive you home...please!!! Now if you have known me for a while, you know that I am a recovered alcoholic(yes, I said recovered, ask me about it sometime). So believe me when I say that I am not perfect, and I have been in this position(drinking & driving), albeit not for the last 9 years. I am totally ashamed of it but I know when you think that you've had a few & think you can handle it, but it only takes one screw up and your life is changed forever, not to mention the innocent bystanders. Please don't do it!!!
Sorry for the rant, but I feel terrible for these kids.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I have made some changes to the ol' blog layout. I have included some more storm chaser links and they will list in order of their latest updates! I will add to that list as time goes by. Also I have put a link on so you can subscribe to my blog, and a google ad at the bottom. Check it out & let me know what you think!!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
I just got back from seeing the movie Fireproof. WOW! What a truly inspiring movie. I believe that God inspired this movie to be seen by everyone! I highly recommend this movie to anyone and if it doesn't change your life or the way that you look at things, then I'll buy you a Coke! IT'S THAT GOOD!!
From friends that are having marriage troubles, to folks that think that they have "it" all together, there is something in this movie for you!! Go see it.....it's worth the investment!!
I am thinking of taking our youth group to see it and whoever would like to come with us, let me know. It will probably either be Thursday at 6:45pm, or a Sunday matinee (after church, of course!) I will let you know more later. I just wanted to get the word out that this is a great movie filled with Godly principles.
Mike has started back to work on a limited basis, and also started his chemo last week. Please continue to keep Mike in your thoughts & prayers as this is heavy duty chemo. He has to take this for 19 more weeks. It has been and continues to be a very heavy time for Mike and his fiancee Sally. Sally has been there for Mike in his greatest time of need. To Sally I say thank you for coming into Mike's life just in time to rescue him. You have been awesome and I pray that you two have a very happy life together. To Mike I say, hang in there, bro...you have lots of friends praying & rooting for ya! We'll get through this soon!! To all of our friends let me say a very sincere thank you for supporting our fund raising efforts for Mike, and especially thanks for your prayers during these difficult times. Please continue praying....
Friday, November 7, 2008
My old Alma Mater is trying to do something about this "epidemic". Kids are already distracted enough trying to gain experience driving---they don't need to even have their phones on while driving!! Please keep your kids safe if they are driving!!!!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I fear what will happen in the next four years if the new Pres is Nobama. I pray for the greatest nation in the world. Whatever the outcome, all I can do is cast my vote today and pray for God's wisdom for all voters...
Please continue to pray for Mike....he started back to work on a limited schedule last week but also started his heavy dose chemo yesterday. I hate cancer.
Friday, October 31, 2008
It seems like things are returning to "normal". The fundraisers for my best friend Mike are over (for now--and have been VERY successful), kids are in school, TJ has a new truck, gas prices are at $2.03, I still have a job, a family, my faith, my church, my hobbies, so it seems like things are getting back to "normal". Again, I ask, what is normal?
I get up early, kiss my wife goodbye as she leaves for work, say my prayers, read my Bible a bit, then leave so I can race other people to work just to make a buck. That same buck gets split so many ways.....mortgage, Uncle Sam, car payment, insurance, utilities, yada yada yada. Then I race home to find more ways to split the buck that I made until it's totally gone, and then I go to bed...
Everyone says that things will get back to normal after the big election. Like my vote for President actually means anything to anyone but me, I still will cast my ballot next Tuesday. I believe that we should all vote, and we do make a difference in the smaller races, but the Presidential race has long been decided, IMO. Again, what is normal?
Pontius Pilate while questioning Jesus before His crucifixion asked Jesus "What is Truth"? but wait a minute, the Truth was standing before him. I think possibly Pilate knew the Truth, but was afraid to stand up for the Truth. I just had a fella in my office telling me a dirty joke. This may not bother some of you, but to me, it's an insult to my Jesus and what He stands for. Did he think he did anything wrong? Not in his mind. He thought it was funny. Did I laugh? I can honestly say no. I simply said "That's disgusting" & turned away, but did I stand up for Jesus?
BTW....Mike has returned to work!! He is working a limited schedule, and is doing well. He starts a 16 week regiment of heavy duty chemo soon, so please keep him in your prayers!!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Our benefit garage sale went very well.....we raised over $1,700.00 for Mike and this will help him greatly! Thanks to all who were involved!! This year has really been a heavy time for me, but especially for Mike. I am looking forward to the day when his doctor declares him cancer free!! And then I will shave my playoff beard!! YAY!!!
I spoke with Lanny Dean earlier & he and I want to organize a chaser gathering, so stay tuned for an announcement about a gathering sometime in November, just to hang out & visit about the perils of chasing, share videos & pics, & have a little fun...
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Mike is doing well--resting a lot at home. He will get the staples removed this week. He is still in quite a bit of pain so please continue to pray for him. Please pray for Mike's financial situation as he has learned that he may have to start over on his medical deductibles. He was informed by his workplace that his deductible runs from September to September, meaning that he may have to start over paying his deductibles.
Our benefit garage sale is this Friday & Saturday for Mike!! Helen Underwood and Jerrie Walden, along with several others have volunteered countless hours sorting, pricing, and organizing this huge event. To them, I say THANK YOU!! And to those of you that we'll see Friday & Saturday, THANK YOU!! All proceeds from the sale go straight to help Mike with his medical bills. Also, if you would just like to donate to Mike, please let me know.
Also...our On The Edge youth group will be having a "Cram Nite" (youth gathering) this Friday at 7:00pm. We will have dinner, fun-n-games, and a message from God's Word. If you have youth-age kids (7th thru 12th grade), they are invited!!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thank all of you for your prayers & support!!
GOD IS AWESOME!!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
OK, 2 more days till Mike's surgery. I'm still praying that they will go in there and find nothing!! The doctors will be astonished, and I will tell them " Hey guys I got this little Book that explains it all"....
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
We are still getting things together for the big garage sale. If you have anything to donate, let me know, as all of the proceeds will go directly to Mike to help with his medical expenses. A big shout out to Jerri Walden & Helen Underwood & gang for organizing this!!!! Thank you ladies!!!
Well, that's all I got for now, I will keep you up to date as Mike goes in Friday...
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
First of all, an update on my friend Mike. He is doing ok, and he is scheduled for surgery on October 3. Please pray for him and for a speedy recovery. I will update you on his progress as time permits. We raised over $800.00 for him last Friday at Adams Creek Racing Complex!! I still am amazed at how generous people are. You see, hardly anyone at the race track knew Mike, until Friday. Thanks to Bryan & Necie Rainbolt, the track owners for hosting this event!! The playoff beards are in week 13, and looking pretty scraggly!! (is scraggly a word?)
We have another fundraiser for Mike scheduled on October 17-18. It will be a huge garage sale help at the Verdigris car wash at Hwy 66 & Gordon Rd. Come on out & buy lots of stuff!! Special thanks to Jerri Walden & Helen Underwood for helping us out on this project!!
Ok, on to other things.....
I just spoke with good friend & fellow storm chaser Lanny Dean. We talked about the possibility of doing some sort of storm chaser get together which has been in the back of my mind for a while. Lanny bagged (saw) 37 tornadoes this season!! He asked me how many I caught and I said.....ummm......errr......well.......2! I bagged two tornadoes in central Oklahoma on May 24. I did get to see a lot of tornado damage on 2 different Mission of Compassion trips, and that was enough for me. I have updated my links to include Lanny's blog and his storm chase tour website. For those of you that have said that you want to go chasing with me, if you really want to see tornadoes, book a tour with Lanny. He will get you to the "action", but hang on--it will be a wild ride!!
And finally I will try to post more pictures....I had several in the Rogers County Fair and took third & fourth place in professional photography!!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Here’s the scoop. On The Edge youth group will meet at the church at 8:15 for doughnuts! We will have coolers loaded with water, and will take some folding chairs. I could use a couple of buckets, sponges, and car wash soap if someone can help me out w/ these items. Also we will need an EZ-up for shade. We will start the car wash at 9:00am and run it until 1-ish, depending on how things are going. We also have help coming from kids from Youth at Heart, and Woodlake Assembly of God. Thanx guys!!
So, everyone be sure & get your cars dirty and come on out & get ‘em washed for a great cause!! ALL proceeds will go directly to Mike, who is a ministry partner & best friend. Someday I will share a testimony of how big of a role Mike played in my coming to know the Lord, and how he has been a true friend throughout the years.
I will share more info on future events we have planned such as the Sept. 19th benefit race and the community garage sale on Oct. 17-18th as those dates get closer.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Mike is doing ok, his treatments have been over for a week now. He's in good spirits and he knows that his Maker is gonna see him through this. Our fundraisers for Mike are coming up fast! Here's a rundown:
This Saturday 5-8pm at Northpark Trinity Baptist church in Claremore. We will be taking donations in exchange for dunk tank "throws" ...
Next Saturday, Sept 6th at the new QT we are having a car wash. There will be kids there from On The Edge, Woodlake's youth ministry, and Youth at Heart from Comanche Park in Tulsa!! Come on out & get your car "professionally" washed & donate to a good cause!! All proceeds will go to help Mike through this tough time.
Friday Sept. 19th we will have a benefit r/c car race at Adams Creek Raceway starting at 7:00pm. If you race, c'mon out! If you just want to watch, it's free and we will be auctioning off a life sized Dale Jr cardboard cutout donated by a fellow racer. again, all proceeds going to help Mike with his medical expenses.
When Mike is told that he is free from cancer, we will shave our playoff beards--looking forward to that day!! Keep praying!!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
The first of many activities will be a car wash held Saturday, September 6th at the new QT in Verdigris at the intersection on HWY 66 & Gordon Road. Several folks have volunteered to help, including some kids from On The Edge youth and some kids from Youth at Heart from Comanche Park Apartments (where we have spent time sharing Jesus with the kids) and many others. What I need from all of you is to bring your cars to wash & tell others about this event. This has the potential to substantially help Mike out with his expenses.
Also in the plans is a huge garage sale. I will be collecting items in the ol' yellow truck to store them. We will have the sale when it cools down a bit, probably in late September. If you have anything you could donate, please contact me...
I am working on other activities as well, and will keep you up to date! Thanks for all your prayers & help for Mike!!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Help me stand in the gap for Mike.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot...today is my birthday. Happy birthday me, huh?
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I know that God loves us, and He cares about our well being. He even cares so much that He sent His Son to take our place because of our sins. The Bible says that He even knows how many hairs we have on our head. Now for the 64,000 question, if He loves us so, then why do we suffer? Why do we hurt? Well, there are many opinions, but what is the real answer? What does the Bible say about it?
The Bible says that disease and pain came into the world when sin entered via Adam & Eve's eating of the forbidden fruit, plain & simple. Ok, some people, including the Pharisees that Jesus always rebuked, say that if you are sick, it's because of sin in your life. Some even say that if you are sick that there has to be a lack of faith on your part. I call baloney on that. I have a friend that has become sick with a disease that I would like to think that doesn't exist, and I tell you, he's one of the most passionate people for the Lord that I have ever known. I am not sure why he is sick, but I know & trust in a God that can heal him, if He so chooses. It's not because of sin, not because of a lack of faith, but just a very bad deal. Believe me, I have been praying probably harder than I ever have in my life these past few weeks. My friend has had four really bad things happen to him in the past year, but has he lost faith in his God? No. Has he questioned why he is going through this dark valley? I am sure he has, and I have as well. Is God mad at us for questioning Him? I don't think so.....I think that He understands our questions and however and whenever He chooses to answer, His reasons will become plain.....
here is info...
Thanx Julie for all your hard work with kids!
Friday, June 6, 2008
This is the e-mail text I recieve of severe weather warnings issued by NWS TULSA from last night....
...notice the time on the tornado warning. I was out chasing in between Claremore & Verdigris at this time. I tried to raise the Rogers County EOC vis ham radio at 12:25am and nobody answered. As I approached the I-44 turnpike gate in Claremore at 12:38am, I heard the sirens sounding BUT THE STORM WAS WELL EAST OF CLAREMORE AT THAT TIME!! My brother, who lives in Claremore, called at 12:38am and asked what was up w/ the sirens. I informed him of the situation and the fact that Claremore was in the clear, and asked him how long the sirens had been going off and he said "ABOUT THREE MINUTES"!!
So, let me see, the tornado warning was issued at 12:07am, nobody in the Rogers County EOC at 12:25am, sirens sounded at 12:35am AFTER THE DANGER HAD PASSED!!!!!! What kind of public service is that??
I apologize for my tone, but I believe the EOC should be questioned about this because this has been an ongoing problem as long as I have been spotting.chasing. thankfully I don't think a tornado touched down as I didn't see much damage but what if there had been a tornado bearing down on Claremore?? How much warning would those folks have had??
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
After talking to several folks today, it looks like the mission is a go! The scenes that I have heard of are terrible. This mission is going to have a little extra meaning to me. I read where a storm spotter/fireman lost his life while out watching the storm in southwest Missouri. Before you think anything about him as far as being crazy to go out & watch storms, the story that I heard is that when he arrived at his assigned intersection, there were several cars with people panicking and one fellow even changing a flat tire. He warned the people to leave immediately but the tornado caught up to him and swept his vehicle away, critically injuring him. He passed away today. He saved several lives that day and paid the ultimate sacrifice and left behind a two year old baby girl.
I have had a few donations but we still need much more. We need things like diapers, baby food/formula, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, gloves, and possibly water. I am holding out hope for another big donation of water. You can drop off items at New Life Baptist Church--but call me first so I can make sure somebody will be there to accept your donations and thank you!!
The plan as of now is to leave early Saturday morning and return Saturday evening. After delivering our donations, we will hopefully spend time either volunteering in a shelter or helping folks clean up. Our destination will be Picher and to go into southwest Missouri and then back home. I have yet to make any solid contacts in these areas but I know that I will. I have heard of several churches open as shelters in & around the Seneca, Mo area. I also know that it's unlikely that Picher will rebuild, but that actually makes the pain that these folks are going through worse and they need to see the hope & love that we can share with them. They will need these supplies, especially water they can drink while picking up what is left of their belongings and lives.
If you would like to help either donate items or to go with us, please call me at 918-808-4683. It would be a blessing to see us carpool up there with 20 or so people like when we went to Coffeyville last year!
Thank you and God bless,
Jeff Smith Children & youth director
New Life Baptist Church
Sunday, May 11, 2008
May 10, 2008 will long be remembered as another very bad tornado outbreak. As of this writing, over 20 people have died in this tragedy, including infants. I really have no explanation why I didn't chase yesterday, but I didn't. I called and apologized to my station, as I feel that I let them down.
The ministry that I head up, Mission of Compassion, is already making plans to go either to Picher, or into southwest Missouri, where there is total devastation. we will be gathering supplies to be distributed to folks that have lost their homes like water, diapers, food, hygiene items, etc. As I woke up this morning I cried and cried because of this tragedy. I have to help, it's my calling to comfort those in need.
I know that the Red Cross is already on scene, but there are always places that the Lord provides for us to deliver these badly needed supplies, mostly at different churches throughout the affected area.
If you are interested in helping with this effort, please contact me through my e-mail address: email@example.com ,and I will contact you with options... more later...
Friday, May 2, 2008
No, this is NOT video of a tornado. If you look close, you should be able to make out the base of the storm. It put down a wall cloud for a few minutes, but that's all it could muster. This storm was tornadic in the OKC area earlier, and being the tail-end Charlie, I felt like it had potential. So, after conferring with George Flickinger, I drove southwest on I-44 as fast as I could. I did have that feeling in my gut that the north storm would be the one to be on but by that time, I was already committed and would have to punch the core of this monster after dark--not my favorite thing to do. So I followed this storm as it weakend and eventually died out west of Tulsa. I called it a night and got home about 11:00pm. with the head cold that I have, I decided that was it for me & hit the sack (with the scanner next to me) and I heard the tornado warning for Mayes county just to my east and thought.......nope, I won't do it. Turns out, Mayes county had a tornado about 2:30am on the leading edge of the squall line. Missed two in one day. I was glad that there were no fatalities in Oklahoma but as I type this, my heart is going out to our neighbors in Arkansas---6 confirmed fatalities so far today--and it's only 12:30pm!! Please pray for them as I pray for them and pray about another Mission of Compassion....
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
On to other news, I hope everyone will have their eyes on the sky Thursday afternoon & evening--it has potential to be a big tornado day here in NE Oklahoma. I will be out chasing after work. May 1st just may be a day to remember....hope not.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Symptoms? I wrote back in January about the most depressing time of year and it has been a long four months. I guess it all started during the big December ice storm when I was without electricity for 10 days and it has been building ever since. I have a constant feeling of just being overwhelmed with all the duties & responsibilities that I have and keep feeling that I am sometimes being held together by these duties & responsibilities. I feel that if I slow down like several have told me then I will really get depressed. So, I just keep on keepin’ on…I sometimes don’t even feel like taking pictures anymore, and photography is one of my favorite things to do!! I just love it when God paints a beautiful sunrise and I love to capture it with photo, but that passion seems to be fading. I know that God is here with me, sometimes carrying me through this junk. By the way, for those that think that God is a myth, or a curse word, then I beg to differ with you. God is real, and He does love you, and He wants simply to spend time with His children. Did you ever have that special puppy, or kitten, that you just loved so much that it drove your every thought and action? That my friends, is how God thinks of us. Not as pets, but as His beloved children. That’s not my thinking, that’s what the Bible says…. Just read it…
…sorry to dump on all of my faithful readers, but maybe you could just say a prayer for me whenever you talk to the Lord. I am not in any danger. I would never consider doing anything stupid. I just am feelin’ a little low right now. I’ll be okay, especially with the Lord’s help and with your prayers & encouragement….thanks.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
well, it's been a busy storm season so far! I have logged approx 1,500 miles in the past two weeks! The next two days promise to be very stormy! The SPC has hoisted moderate severe weather risks for areas from Texas into Illinois! A moderate risk usually means that tornadoes, large hail, and strong winds will be seen in the risk area. There is talk about upgrading areas to a high risk for tomorrow in parts of Arkansas. I will be praying for Arkansas. They do not need any more severe weather. Heidi & gang--be on your toes!! Below are severe probabilities from NWS Tulsa for this evening, and tomorrow, respectively.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
I sped this up to 8x. Near Colony, northwest of Cordell, Oklahoma. Time was approx. 7:30pm. We broke off these two sups just west of OKC around midnight thinking that we needed to get back towards Tulsa. I thought that they looked like junk at the time, little did we know that an hour later that storm would put down an EF-1 tornado in OKC!! I made a joke about going home to sleep a couple of hours, then get up early and intercept the same two supercells in our area! We all laughed at that, but you know what? That's EXACTLY what I did. I was on a tornado warned storm in NW Rogers County at 7:30am Monday morning!!! I'm pretty sure that this was the same storm that we were on west of OKC!! What a crazy couple of days.
On another note, I am heartbroken over the two year old child that died because of flood waters. I wish that folks would realize the dangers of driving over a flooded road. I know that child is with Jesus now, but the lady that was driving the car (not sure that she was the mother) will have to live with that decision for the rest of her life. PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE INTO A FLOODED ROADWAY!!!! YOU DON'T KNOW HOW DEEP THE WATER IS!!
Monday, March 31, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Oh yeah....and get yourself a weather radio. They are about 20.00 and you can program them to alert you if there is a warning in your county while you sleep.....go on....get one!! (Wally world has them)
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
My good friend Heidi Farrar shot these pics from Izard County Arkansas yesterday. This is the same area that we went to to take relief supplies after a devastating tornado outbreak killed over 50 people in three states back in February. Please pray for all of our flood victims as I had just a little water come into my garage but there was no harm done.....
Got a little over 3 inches at my house in Verdigris, much more to my south & east. Also much more over at my neighbor's house in Izard County, Arkansas (see next post)..
I shot this video at 31st st & Mingo creek in Tulsa.
Finally the sun came out today!!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Well, we are officially in storm season. We had heavy rain, and a little hail in Tulsa. Also, a tornado was reported in southeast Oklahoma, near Antlers. Fortunately there were no injuries.
We are in the middle of an active pattern now. Storms are expected today, Monday, Tuesday, and possibly into Wednesday. Be sure to watch KJRH and stay up to date on the weather.
...also storms may come through at night as we are sleeping, so I would strongly suggest going to Wally-World and buying yourself a NOAA weather radio. They are simple to set alarms county by county so you can set it to go off only in your county. Mine cost 12 bucks!
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Well, here in NE Okla we have dodged another bullet. South & East of me folks are gettin' hammered with hopefully the last winter storm o' the season:)
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
If memory serves me correctly, Gary was the first in Tulsa with Doppler radar. I remember his coverage of the Mannford tornado on a Sunday morning in April, 1984. Who knows how many lives that he saved on that day alone....
You know, a lot of folks are hard on TV mets. I think that is crazy. Those folks work their tails off trying to keep people safe, fending off mean & threatening phone calls & emails after a six hour or longer "marathon" on the air live when we have active tornado warnings(KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE), and do their absolute best at making the weather interesting during the ol' dog days of summer when even I could do the forecast (Hot, dry, and humid).....Usually if your favorite episode of E.R. or C.S.I. have been interrupted, the station will re-broadcast in the wee hours the next morning (teaching us to learn how to work our DVR machines), so they actually should get kickbacks for advertising DVRs and promoting them on air...
Here is a tribute to Gary on KJRH's website:
Hat's off to Gary, who will never again have to worry about bad weather.
Monday, February 11, 2008
This, my freinds, is what we do.......
edit...let me clear up that statement. We did not have anything to do with the awesome warehouse that was at the Izard County Fairgrounds, we simply brought some Gatorade, Propel, and energy drink and dropped it off here. The drinks were donated by Gatorade and Victory Christian Center. we just simply took it to the hardest hit area so they could distribute it as needed. I will try to post a list of donors soon. It was an unforgettable experience. Please pray for the victims of the storms.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Here is the link:
Here is the PNS from Little Rock NWS:
Thursday, February 7, 2008
diapers, towels, blankets, trash bags (industrial size), trash cans, pillows, sheets, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, you get the drift, eh? Just look around your home & imagine that there is nothing there. What could you use to survive & begin the clean up process....
If you want to help, just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, and also items for the kids, stuffed animals & toys....
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
As most of you know, there was a tragic outbreak of tornadoes last evening in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky. As of noon, there are 50 dead, and countless injured. I started sensing the Lord prompting me to head up another relief mission last night as I was listening to coverage & watching my radars. I knew that it was going to be bad, and it was. Storms moved through at 50-60 MPH and just shredded peoples' lives. Many were trapped in a dorm at Union College in Jackson, Tn. and tragically some in other areas lost their lives. I can't bear to think about the lives that were taken, and the kids that will be petrified anytime that it rains or storms now. Details of this tragedy are still sketchy at this point, but I feel the need to do something.....
What can we do to help? Well, the past our "Missions" have been very successful as far as us being able to help hurting folks to cope with their losses. I kinda have in mind loading our ol' yellow box van up with water, diapers, blankets, stuffed animals, towels...etc. and rolling east towards the damaged area and helping out as the Lord leads us. I will need help from volunteers......if you are sensing the need to help, please contact me via email or call me at 918-808-4683----I think we need to get this going fast. I know that we can help some hurting lives with the resources that we all have.
I have been in contact with a couple of folks from Ash Flat,Ark., and Jackson, Tn. and I feel that the doors have been opened, and there will be places for us to go & deliver supplies.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
He was with me throughout my childhood and young adult life. He would swing me as a youngster on the family swingset, play cars with me as I grew fascinated with them, bought me a pedal tractor that I rode the wheels off of, let me drive his tractor on his lap, watched storms with me, taught me how to drive, sometimes yelled at me, shared wisdom with me, and loved me and thought that me and my brothers were the best thing since sliced bread......yes, I am writing about.......my dad.
It has been a long road without him, and I blamed him for a lot of things. Dad was an alcoholic and I have been too hard on him, especially when I share my testimony. You see, I became an alcoholic just like dad, that is, until I found Jesus. Jesus has helped me over that problem and many others. You see, I thought that Jesus was a big & bad judge that was gonna send me to hell for all that I had done. But I realized that He loves me, wanted me to ask His forgiveness, and wants to help me to live for Him.
Alcoholism is a disease, and has NOTHING to do with a man's character. My dad was awesome! I love him. I miss him.
Here's to you, dad!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
...on a lighter note, I am 2nd in the points race for the rookie slider r/c class at Adams Creek Raceway! (see post about my new hobby below) I had a blast racing & crashing my car......I'll be tweaking the setup on my car in the coming weeks & hopefully win some races!!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
I got to chase storms east of Tulsa Monday night. It was good to give the ol' chase gear a workout. Everything performed flawlessly and I actually was streaming live video back to the station! Here's about a minute & a half worth of lightning edited down to about 30 seconds......
I was in the KJRH studio last night, and Dan & I were talking about January outbreaks, and how rare they are....makes me wonder if we will have a January-June storm system....whew!
I didn't see anything major, just a lot of rain, some small hail, and 60-70mph winds. Thankfully, no reported tornado touchdowns in Oklahoma.
Total miles-approx. 200
Time on road-approx. 6 hours