Archive | May 2004

Ryan’s wedding

Just back from a big weekend — lots of driving. Got to hang out with Troy and Jantina for a while on Saturday at Ryan’s wedding up in Monmouth and Galesburg. Troy got me that Jedi Mickey plush. Nice of him, eh?

Spent some time with my parents in Lincoln. Met Gavin Cox for the first time, down in St. Louis. We hit a nasty storm on the way back to Lincoln from St. Louis — cool pic though (see below).

I’ve got to go to bed, and I’ve got Ultimate tomorrow evening, so I’ll try to get more photos up sometime. I’m sure Troy has some, too.

Tornado damage photos

Kinda funny. A local someone posted this about the recent tornado and storms in the comments:

I’ve posted a page with images of damage from around the city.

These were gathered by me and several others.

If you would like to check them out, visit:

We are getting a lot of traffic on the site from people out of the area

wondering what happened. Also, if you have any images from within J-ville

of the damage, please forward and I will add them to the page. Thanks

Allen Stare

Highway to the danger zone

Governor Rod Blgojevich, yesterday, declaired Morgan County and a couple neighboring counties disaster areas.


Our power was just restored around 8 p.m. today. That’s 32 hours without juice, I think.

Update: (05/27/2004, 9:30 a.m.)

“And how bad does the fridge smell?,” asks Becky.

We didn’t leave everything in there. I took a box full of stuff to one of the fridges at my office and Julie took several bags of stuff to her co-worker’s house Tuesday. That’s how I had an ice cream sandwich for breakfast yesterday and right now. 🙂 We did leave some stuff we thought might make it. Some did and some didn’t. We went through and pitched stuff last night when we got home. The worst mess was the bag of raspberries that spilled all over the fridge’s freezer. But it cleaned up quick. There are some burritos I should eat today. There were several bags of veggies that didn’t make it. Poor guys.

Since we didn’t have any power, we went over to Maria’s to watch a movie we rented — “The Waiting” — but as soon as we got something to drink and the dogs settled down and got past the ads, the power goes out there. We went outside and found others from the neighborhood out there. Turns out they turned it off for a bit while they patched the area of town I live in back into the system. Yippie. So Maria’s power came back on and we watched the movie and ordered Leo’s. Good times.

Tornado follow-up

“For now, we’re pretty well in agreement that we had very narrow, F-2 tornado activity, which indicates about 113 mph winds, just right there at the site of Birdsell’s and the (Star Lite) Motel,” Bob Fitzsimmons, coordinator of the Morgan County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency.

400 customers remained without power Wednesday afternoon. Julie and I are two of them. Our whole block is out, really. Dennis is one. He lives one block west. Steve and Tiffany are two more.

Mr. Fitzsimmons estimated that damage from the storm will reach or exceed a million dollars.

Name game

Best recent name found in the obituaries: Candi Graham.


Still no power at my house as of this morning.