Allen (allengator86) wrote,

Allengator, at Work, With a Tornado

Nothing much is going on. I worked on the church website the past little bit. I'm thinking of completely revamping it, but that will take a while. We'll see, I guess.

As I look at the list, I can talk about the tornado last week. I know, uber exciting, huh?

The odd thing was that I was at work. At work, we call "code (color that rhymes with 'ack', avoiding bots again)" and we are supposed to go to the clothing section, because it's the most secure or something. We were told to go to the back on the spur of the moment, though. After about 15 minutes, one of my friends, who moved from California around a year ago, was sitting near me. He was getting kind of nervous.

I have taught myself to be calm during these times, because the last thing a person needs is someone panicing. So I just take a few deep breaths and try to be the calm voice of reason. It isn't the easiest thing to do, but hey, someone has to. I told him we'd be ok, and that if it comes to blows, we can huddle underneath the table thingie we were sitting on. We were pretty safe.

Then Mr. MC comes in, tells us a hook is heading straight for the store, and tells the customers that they can take shelter in the restrooms. Many people do, including my sister. I just stuck around, because those places would be too crowded for my taste.

Then the workers were summoned to the back. Some went into the personel lounge and some into the manager's office. I went to the latter, because there is a bean there, and if any room has a radio, that one does. Soon, someone brings in a radio, and my buddy was totally having a panic attack. I tried to calm him down, but it didn't work too well. Other people trued to also, but he just kept curling into a ball and shaking. Soon, he starts scribbling on his arm. I tried to read it, but I couldn't. It almost looked like a tombstone, but it wasn't. He kept on going on about wanting a smoke. I don't know what got into him. First off, I didn't know he was a smoker, and secondly, I didn't know it was because of the storm, being crammed into a room, or a combomation of the two.

I tried my best to help him, then another person sat on the other side of him, trying to calm him own too. After almost an hour, we were released, and they told everyone to go up front and check, and I told them that my friend was a little shaken up, but we should be fine. After the checking, I walked around the store and checked up on people who wasn't taking it so well earlier and everyone seemed to be doing fine.

All in all, it was an interesting experience. That's about all I can say. I wouldn't say I wasn't the least bit scared too. I've been through this for 21 years, so you learn how to cope, but you do worry about family and the sort that are not with you, I just did my best not to let it get to me, and to try to do the best I could with what I had, just praying for their safety.

In an unrelated note, but related to yesterday's, it looks like everything will be kosher tomorrow, because my mom and aunt were on the phone, and it sounded like they were getting along again. Yay!

I have no clue when I'll update tomorrow, but I'll try.

Have a safe and wonderful 4th everyone!

The Allengator

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