Storms rolled through Indy last night around 3 am. What woke me up was a text message from IUPUI telling me to “run for your life, hold on to your wigs and keys and prepare to die.” I’m paraphrasing, a little.
I got up to turn on the news and I had a few random observations.
First, some poor bastard at the Marion County Emergency Operations Center had to be the one to sound the tornado siren and wake up the entire city. Marion County is always a little trigger happy with that thing. They sound the alarm if a Thunderstorm Warning is in effect while under a Tornado Watch. They also test it weekly. And they sound the alarm when Mayor Ballard raises another $10,000 in campaign contributions.
I didn’t hear the sirens here in Beech Grove, but then again, if Beech Grove blew away you might not hear about it for a week.
The Libertarian in me could have fun with titles for such action:
“Socialist government now waking everyone up at the same time.”
“Big Government deciding when you can and can’t sleep.”
“Nanny state threat: government now telling people to ‘go to your room’.”
Also, it occurred to me that this is the sort of event TV station commercials are made for.
“WE GOT UP AT 3 AM TO PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR SCRUFFY WITTLE DOG. WITHOUT US, YOU WOULD HAVE DIED!!1!!1!”
Or something like that.
Which makes me wonder, does anyone actually get swayed by TV station commercials? I turned on the TV and FOX was the last station I watched, so I saw it and thought, “Meh, there’s a guy with a radar. He’ll do.” Is there really someone out there that says, “Psh. Brian Wilkes. Fuck that guy. I’m getting my death threats from Channel 13.”?
It’s going to be a long spring and summer.