Back In The Day - Tales from the Hood


Wisconsin...Tornados...and other "fun" stuff! (Pt. 1)

A good friend of mine (who i'll call BoB, cause thats his name) lived in that good ol' cheese state where the cows ain't as smart as ours or give better cheese, but go moo just the same.

I was invited to go and visit Bob, his brother and Philis the girlfriend of said brother. So i packed up, threw my mountain Bike in a box and flew on over.
Now Bob worked the late shift and so did his bro.
One night around 8 or so as we were just relaxing and talking(Philis and i), and her daughter watching tv in the next room when over it came a tornado alert that one was in the neighboring area and possibly gonna touch down so to be prepared etc.
Of course everyone has a basement for such times but this whole tornado thing was new to this SoCal Homeboy! It was new and exciting to me, but scary as heck! What happened next was just plum loco!
Another alert came over the newsflash and our area was now being threatened. We were ready to head on down when i heard this distant roar...or like a train sound. It was more like a wailing sound as the winds blew harder and harder. By now, this wailing was getting louder and louder and i thought that it now in our back yard!! It was!
But as it turns out, the siren was by the back area just outside the yard and when it started up it must have been facing in the opposite direction cause lil by lil it became louder and ME, not knowing that, thought it was the tornado coming through the back door!!

So anyway, we all went down and just waited til it passed....and it did.
Everything went as quickly as it came. That was the norm at times there. wow!

When Bob(which really is his name) got home, he said there was alot of flashing emergency lights etc. over about 2 blocks from the house. So him and i jump into his car to go have a look. We could have just walked but he had to go to the store ok.
Well what i saw was just too strange!
The whole block was gathered at this one empty lot that i quickly found out was once a home and all that was left standing was the fireplace, which i heard saved some family member's life. It really was the strangest thing though, To see the houses on either side and across the street totally untouched! Amazing! But the next day would be even more mind blowing!

I wanted to see what it looked like the next day , so i jumped on my bike and rode on over, and there was the same ol' crowd again gathered there along with now stacks of new lumber. These people (neighbors) were rebuilding it all over again!!! This was routine!
I was so amazed by this! Now thats what i call some real people and good neighbors!!!

Wish i could see that here...but then it would have to start with me now wouldn't it? I'll be a good L.A. kinda freak and let someone else bother...i mean out.
What can i do anyway?? naw...i'll pass!
Man.. What a fricken cop-out huh? ( 60's) do whatever i can in my lil neighborhood, from buying a few bags of aspalt and filling in some street "dents/holes" by my house , to jumping on any fresh grafitti before it even has time to dry {at times}. Or just leaving bag of lemons on some neighbors gate. It ain't no big thang and i dig it!
SEE.....i say to myself... Fool! CAN do something besides Ignore or just bitch, bla...bla...bla...

Yeah...what i experienced first hand over in Milwauki gave me a good kick in the butt for sure. I think its great too! Heres yours! (j/k) Don't get me wrong...I'm still Ignorant (hey, I heard that! who said arogant?) as far as i'm concerned! Just a tiny bit more better for it. I'm not really interested in who benifits from it either, I just know....I do ,(and some others) and thats just cool with me too!

So Boys and Girls, what did we just learn from Mr. Rudedogs excellent adventure in cheeseland?
Thats right!....absolutly positively without
a single doubt.......(please fill in da blank)
*or if you see a neighbors house hit by a tornado (in L.A.?)Pleazeee don't go loot it ! But go see if anyones left alive and help them out first.......then rush it!! Dibbs on the toaster!

(bad-bad rudedog!)


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