Wednesday, November 25, 2009 or not

How do I say this gently? Today in history marks many acts of nature that caused much loss and devastation, totally beyond our control. In 1343 a tsunami, caused by the earthquake in the Tyrrhenian Sea, devastated Naples (Italy) and the Maritime Republic of Amalfi, among other places. In 1667 a deadly earthquake rocked Shemakha in the Caucasus, killing 80,000 people.
In 1703 the Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, reached its peak intensity which it maintained through November 27. Wind gusts were estiamted to reach up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people died. In 1759 a disastrous earthquake hit the Mediterranean, Beirut and Damascus completely destroying the area and 30,000-40,000 were killed. And then on this day in 1833 a massive undersea earthquake, with an estimated magnitude between 8.7-9.2 rocked Sumatra, producing a massive tsunami all along the Indonesian coasts. In 1839 a cyclone slammed India with high winds and a 40 foot storm surge, destroying the port city of Coringa (which has never been completely rebuilt). The storm wave swept inland, taking with it 20,000 ships and thousands of people. An estimated 300,000 deaths resulted from this disaster. In 1926 the deadliest November tornado outbreak in U.S. history struck on Thanksgiving day. 27 twisters of great strength were reported in the Midwest, including the strongest November tornado, an estimated F4, that devastated Heber Springs, Arkansas. There were 51 deaths in Arkansas alone, 76 deaths and over 400 injuries in all.
On this day in 1950 the "Storm of the Century" occurred, a violent snowstorm that paralyzed the northeastern United States and the Appalachians, bringing winds up to 100 mph and sub-zero temperatures. Pickens, West Virginia recorded 57 inches of snow. 323 people died as a result of the storm. In 1987 super typhoon Nina pummeled the Philippines with category 5 winds of 165 mph and a surge that swallowed entire villages. At least 1,036 deaths were attributed to the storm. In 1996 an ice storm struck the central U.S. killing 26 people. A powerful windstorm affected Florida and wind gusts over 90 mph, toppled trees and flipped trailers. On this day in 2000 was the horrible Baku earthquake, measuring 7 on the Richter scale. One good act of God and Mother Nature occurred on this day in, well, no need to be specific after all of the facts that I just laid on Uncle RD Sawyer was born! Yay! See, there is a silver lining! Happy Birthday Uncle Dick. Many happy returns. May I suggest everyone wear galoshes and rain gear today, just in case! Today I install pinch pleated drapery resulting from my Side Panel Sale, colors running from white to red to purple to green. If all of these stats are making you feel 'blue', buy the mirror shown. Have a good day and for Heaven Sake, don't fool with Mother Nature!

"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."
Lou Holtz

Speaking of Mother Nature, do NOT taint milk powder in China. China executed two people yesterday for their roles in last year’s melamine milk scandal, according to news sources. I'm not sure if it was fat free but their sentence certainly wasn't.