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I wouldn't quite call it a nightmare, but it was absolutely unpleasant.

I was at Pennsic, enjoying a late afternoon of hanging out in my encampment. I wasn't camping anywhere familiar, or with anyone I knew, but dream-me was comfortable there.

Over the course of about 15 minutes the sky goes from slightly cloudy to black-ish green, and 2 funnel clouds form over the site as I watch. I hear a huge cracking sound and see a flash of light behind me, and I turn around to see smoke rising from a few hundred yards away and both a lightning strike and another tornado touch down. I hear screaming coming from all around me.

Then the dream jumped forward in time. I'm not sure how long, but it was well after dark.

There are so many people injured and so much damage has been done to the site that in most cases they aren't trying to bring the ambulances to them. I'm with a small group of people walking from camp to camp, looking for injured folks and for wagons to use to bring them up to the main gate, where the medical people are performing triage. And people are refusing to loan their wagons. We're trying to explain how important it is, that it could save lives, but they just won't listen.

Date: 2012-11-19 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] txanne.livejournal.com
I would definitely call that a nightmare. What tips it over the line, for me, is the inability to communicate/refusal to listen.

Date: 2012-11-19 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennythe-reader.livejournal.com
I think there were two reasons that it didn't quite cross the line for me:

1) I couldn't seen any of the injuries very clearly.
2) The folks refusing to help were doing so for purely selfish reasons, not because of anything I did or failed to do.

Date: 2012-11-19 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] txanne.livejournal.com
Oh, indeed; that'd get it out of nightmare-land for me too.

And now I'm idly wondering where the line falls for more people than us, and whether it varies by gender, culture, age...too bad I don't know any grad students in need of a thesis.

Date: 2012-11-20 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennythe-reader.livejournal.com
That would be an interesting study to do. :)

Sooner or later, I'll get back to school and get my sociology degree...

Date: 2012-11-19 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lawchicky.livejournal.com
Gee, it sounds like what we've been through on long Island lately. There are so many people hurting so badly and still not everyone will help with even simple tasks. My court reporter today still has no heat in his home. He was warming himself at work.

Date: 2012-11-19 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] txanne.livejournal.com
IYDMMA, where are you? I'm in one of the less damaged parts of Smithtown. I can't believe how lucky we were.

Date: 2012-11-20 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lawchicky.livejournal.com
Howdy neighbor! I'm in Huntington Station- actually not a HORRIBLE place to be since we lost power only for about a week. My parents/grandparents were without power even longer. I'm in the process of replacing our roof now, since we lost a good portion of it during the storm, but otherwise the house did ok- all of our large tree branches wound up on the lawn and the fence, but not the house :)

Date: 2012-11-20 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] txanne.livejournal.com
Oh! Not too far away at all! I'm glad it wasn't worse, although a new roof is plenty bad enough.

Date: 2012-11-20 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lawchicky.livejournal.com
Nope- Smithtown is just one town over from me! It's always nice to find local people on LJ. Most of my friends are from so many places all over the world, and few of them live nearby.

Date: 2012-11-20 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] txanne.livejournal.com
I'm still getting used to being a Long Guylander...I've been here for not quite a year and a half. I love it!!!

Date: 2012-11-20 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lawchicky.livejournal.com
Hee- and I've lived here for most of my life and can't wait to move upstate ;)

Date: 2012-11-20 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] txanne.livejournal.com
Heeee! Give me a year or two to catch up. I did spend most of my life in Texas, yanno. ;-)

Date: 2012-11-20 03:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennythe-reader.livejournal.com
I keep hearing about it on the news, and it's hard to believe how useless the power companies are being.

Date: 2012-11-19 10:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sagefemme11.livejournal.com
Yuck. Good to wake from that sort of helplessness feeling.

Date: 2012-11-20 03:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennythe-reader.livejournal.com
Yeah. Like I said, it wasn't quite an all-out nightmare, but I was glad to wake up.

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