austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
austin_dern
austin_dern

If the rain comes

Let me share a bit more of the Silver Bells parade fiasco of last year. It's not quite three weeks to this year's parade and we're really looking forward to it. This is what it looked like after the storm got heavy enough that they declared, ``Find shelter!''

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Panic! Well, not so much panic. But definitely taking flight! The rain got so heavy that the parade was cancelled and people were advised to seek shelter and the whole crowd went running for anywhere safe. For us, it was City Hall, and the flight of people was just wild.


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And what's within City Hall? Among many, many damp people, stockings hung on the wall for the various departments of the civic government. Lens flares courtesy the many, many drops of rain on my camera.


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The crowd gathered in City Hall --- in the far background, in front of the 'Lansing Leading The Way' sign was a stage with a fife and drum band --- as my camera completely fogged up.


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bunny_hugger looking radiant and freshly showered in City Hall after we fled the rain. Notice how wet the floor looks, all from the water tracked in and dripping off the many, many soaking-wet people.


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Constable Odo is not happy with this turn of events.


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After the chaos. The rain was still going on, but at a light pace, the sort that would have been fine to wait through. But you can see the detritus of the storm. I think that's someone's glove? over by the TV truck from Detroit that was there for the reasons.


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Couple people in reindeer costume getting photos with an incredibly skeptical dog. Notice the police tape ripped and thrown around after the storm destroyed the parade.


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And the state tree, still unlit (they'd light it the following Tuesday, at a time when we couldn't be there). The topper star being off at an angle never stops making me giggle.


Trivia: The word ``disease'' is a relic of the humors theory of illness; when someone became sick their 'ease' gave way to 'dis-ease'. Source: The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World, Edward Dolnick.

Currently Reading: The History of the Calculus and its Conceptual Development, Carl B Boyer.

PS: How To Wreck Your Idea About What 'Continuous' Means, in case you had an idea.

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