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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Keep Calm and Carry On

Yikes, it's blowing a hurricane outside!  Gales of 100mph are battering Scotland, schools are closed, buses overturned and trees are being tossed around like twigs.  Power in 50,000 homes have gone down, and it's fast heading our way.

Bec is directing the school play, she's put hours of work in for months now, and the performance is set for tonight.

 

Call me silly, but I'd kinda'  assumed all bets'd be off under the circumstances?

Silly me.

She had tea with the boarders this evening, in lieu of coming home - and this is the email I've just received:-



Message from the Bursar:

Dear Parents,
We have received a severe weather warning from the Met Office and the forecast for this evening is bad: high winds and rain - especially between 6 and 8pm.

We have decided that we will continue with House Drama this evening.

If you intend joining us for drinks at 6.30 pm followed by the performances at 7.00 pm we would ask that you take great care when parking your car, opening and closing your car doors and when collecting your children later in the evening.

Many thanks
 
 
 
Bonkers, or what?  It's a 20 mile round trip there and back, down dark and twisty, unlit country lanes, through hail and rain, AND A HURRICANE. 
  
I'm so darned glad hubby is the designated driver for tonight..(shudder)!

45 comments:

Barbara Shallue said...

Holy cow, I can't believe they didn't cancel it. Hope you made it there and back safe and sound (I'm sure the show was a big hit!)

wishihadakarmaanghia said...

Blimey! Drive carefully but enjoy. That Bec of yours is a stunner. Please report back with details of the production....xxxx

Shrinky said...

Er, I'm not going, Barbara - I'm hiding behind Sweet Sam as my shield (that boy SO has his uses)!

Shrinky said...

Hey there Kristina, how's it going my friend? Like I say, I've sent hubby along, no sense in us both risking life and limb (guilty snicker)..

Jeaux said...

When I read the word “hurricane,” I thought... oh, yeah? Let me tell you about hurricanes... Then I saw “100mph gales,” and thought “OMG. It’s a freaking hurricane!”

Seems “The show must go on” isn’t a meaningless show biz aphorism after all. They’re serious. I think you made the right choice, mon shrinque. This is the one time I won’t wish anyone connected with the production, including the supermodel in the photo, to break a leg.

Leslie: said...

I sure hope hubby is able to find the car in all the rubble when he exits the building! Glad you're safe and sound with Sam. :D

mythopolis said...

Talk about mixed emotions and approach-avoidance situations. Of course Bec is well invested in this, as she should proudly be. Is there no elbow room in a situation like this? No 'rain-check'? I think you were right to stay home. One parent goes, another plays it safe. Its a survival instinct. Personally, I think it should have been postponed. The kids would have gotten a couple of more rehearsals in, and attendance would be better, if it had been put off for a better day. That is too much pressure on young minds, and I wouldn't put up with it.

Ms. A said...

OH.MY. Why in the world would they keep this on schedule for tonight, with such odds??? Hope everyone stays safe.

I've experienced winds like that and they are SCARY! Keep some extra undies handy.

Tabor said...

Your school staff sound abundantly weird! Hoping the evening goes off without any hitches.

Pearl said...

Oh, you can't drive in that!! Stay home, make a good hot drink and batten down the hatches!

Pearl

Rock Chef said...

The show must go on! Hope the play is a storming success - I am sure your daughter has done a great job. She is clearly good at organizing things - parties for example!

Kittie Howard said...

Good grief, this defies common sense. I can't understand why they didn't cancel the performance. I'd hide behind Sam, too!!! Good luck to Sam! (Your daughter is gorgeous!)

Li said...

It never fails - there's always bad weather during these types of events!
BTW, I have the poster Keep Calm And Carry On as my screen saver :-))

Al Penwasser said...

Wow.........so the U.S. Congress isn't the only place in the world that has idiots?
Drive safely.

secret agent woman said...

Why in the world don't they cancel? Last April when the string of three tornado systems was moving through our area, my sons band was returning from a competition in a bus that traveled along the interstate with the path the storms were taking. It was terrifying to be getting texted updates from my son and I couldn't believe they didn't just pull over and get the kids in to a building.

Portia said...

Oh my! I sure hope everyone is OK there. I've lived through hurricanes and some as bad as 100 MPH or more and it is not fun!

Best wishes!

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

I'm from Texas we don't cancel anything unless the road disappears.

Ami said...

Update us so we know you're still alive.

Oh man.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Really !?!?!?!? That's crazy.

Hope everything went well and all are safe.

xoxoxo jj

#1Nana said...

What we won't do for our children! I hope everyone gets home safely and that it was a wonderful performance. Tonight I got lost in the fog driving in my own little town!

Dave said...

Yes Carol, it seemed like a dumb decision to me. I am anticipating your follow-up blog to see how it went. Hurricanes are not to be sneezed at! - Dave

Kittie Howard said...

Just checking back to see if everyone's okay. Morning TV news showed video of storm winds, a photo of a plane landing, but barely, and serious storm damage.

Furtheron said...

saw the pictures from Scotland - looks mad - long time since we've had winds like that - hope all went well and all safe and well...

I heard a Policeman in one of the Scottish counties on the radio he wasn't happy "Look. When we say "don't travel" you know we really mean it"

Suldog said...

Hope all went well for Hubby and the play! Stay warm and dry!

Bone said...

Wow, it's so the opposite around here. They cancel classes sometimes a day ahead of time if there's even a chance of bad storms.

Hope you are safe! And dry.

Bijoux said...

Oh no! How did it go??

X. Dell said...

(1) Glad to see you're back on the air, although I have to admit that I was as scarce as you have been.

(2) Driving in that weather for a performance gives new meaning into the phrase "break a leg." I hope the school has excellent insurance.

(3) I'm predicting that everything went smashingly well.

Helena said...

Bonkers indeed- hope all went well.

Fen said...

ooh it sounds like an adventure, all that door banging and gale force winds!

MarkD60 said...

Rock N Roll! Get out the body armor, hop in the 4WD, and head to the play! Full combat mode!

CiCi said...

Now you have me sitting on the edge of my office chair. I want to know how it went. Did all the drivers make it to the pre-performance drink fest and the play? How did it go? Is there no end to your childrens talents?

Shrinky said...

Thank you for all your wonderful comments - I'm happy to report the night went off without mishap, and the production ended up a resounding success!

Shrinky said...

Jeaux, all my attempts to email you have bounced back to me - have you another address I can try? (x)

chewy said...

(looking around) You've redecorated again. I love the harbor view from your living room window.

Saz said...

was really scary winds here in Carlisle felt like we were gonna lose the roof!!

saz x

silly rabbit said...

Yikes! I'm late enough getting here that I see all went well. Phew! What a scary business.

Brighid said...

Glad to read all went well, and you had the great good sense to stay home. "Keep Calm & Carry On" is a favorite here, that and "tougher'n wet leather"...

Akelamalu said...

I was going to ask how it went but I just read your comment about it going well. :)

~Babs said...

Whew!

bill lisleman said...

I read this one late. I see your comment. Good to know all went well. Our weather reports tend to focus on worst possible and often it's not that bad. I think the lawyers have gotten to the weathermen.

Skunkfeathers said...

I will wager -- without reading the comments already posted -- that the drive proved worth it.

Margaret Benbow said...

Dear Shrinky, you were quite right to send your husband out into the hurricane! They are our dang providers and protectors, aren't they? (Possibly he should have done some hunting and gathering while he was about it, too!) We love you, girl, and are glad you responsibly chose to keep the home fires burning. By the way, not at all surprised the theatrical evening was a success--talent is clearly in the blood! :^)

Choco said...

The comments show that you are fine.. Phew!
Hurricanes we don't really have. Now floods.. Are a regular pain.

ps: Shrinky your blog does not have an archive. I love reading this space and I am having trouble navigating. :| Also is spanning beyond the screen...

Shrinky said...

Hi there Chocco, thanks for the constructive feedback, I really appreceiate it (smile). I've reset the width of my page in hopes of correcting some of the problem, but sadly, I accidentallly deleted my archives a little while back, and don't know how to put those back again (sighhhh).

Pat Tillett said...

What the heck? Are those people crazy? Maybe they've already been hitting the drinks and hitting them hard!