Hackleburg/Phil Campbell Tornado


http://www.srh.noaa.gov/bmx/?n=event_04272011hackleburg

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/hun/?n=franklin-al_lawrence_limestone_madison_franklin-tn_counties

This tornado received a lot of media attention.  The Hackleburg and Phil Campbell tornado broke many records.  This tornado killed over 70 people in Alabama and injured many more.  And at times this tornado have a width of over a mile wide!  This tornado was very devastating for so many people across Alabama.

The two videos above showed the big power of this tornado.  You can see how big this tornado was.  And seeing the town you live in being torn apart by the tornado has to make anyone sad.  This chaser had to outrun this tornado from hitting him.

After the tornado went through Hackleburg.  James Spann visited people in the town.  This was a very comforting moment to tell people that violent tornadoes like this are very rare!

This tornado stayed on the ground all the way toward the Huntsville area and even took out the radar for WAFF-TV.  The tornado was also spotted on a camera around the 8:00 mark.  This was truly one destructive tornado!  The areas affected are coming back stronger than ever!

Big Sam The Balloon Man at the 2012 Noble Street Festival


Over at the Noble Street Festival last weekend.  I saw Big Sam the Balloon Man performing a show.  Big Sam started using balloons to make anything when his young daughter nagged him to buy balloons.  Big Sam got good at making stuff with balloons and it took off!  You are going to enjoy the video and photos below.  And for more info. visit http://www.bigsamtheballoonman.com

A Couple of Rants


On Wednesday my mother and I went to the Pelham Civic Center for a job fair hosted by Employment Seeker.  And we were both disappointed.  

Many people turned out dressed professionally for this job fair.  And we both thought there would have been over 600 jobs available like the local news had said.  But that figure was blown out of the water.  There was not 600 jobs there; in fact some of the employers never showed up!  Each of us was given a list of the employers at this job fair.  Let’s highlight it.

The employers available was worse than the same job fair I went too last October.  This was a disappointment that this job fair pretty much sucked!  The only employer that I feel I have a chance was Best Buy.  Their people were very nice at the job fair.  But many of the other employers said “go online” or never had a great conversation with the people.  If I am still unemployed next fall I hope this job fair can be better!  This would be the end of the post but going there and back also turned into a major hassle!

ALDOT decided to close a lane down at the Coosa River bridge on Interstate 20 with little warning!  Before we got to this traffic backup I noticed something that was not good at all.

Someone at ALDOT decided to tar out the white line for miles on I-20.  This is not much of a problem during the daytime; but at night who can see the lines on the road?  While you are at it; go ahead and tar out the remaining lines on the road.  All this is going to do is cause a major accident; oops!  Too late.

This easily reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer paints over the lines on the road with black paint to make the lanes wider.  This only causes a major problem.

This is just a major problem ALDOT continues to have.  Let’s do stupid things to cause accidents and wrecks.  And when someone gets killed because of poor roads; we lower the speed limit on I-20 to 55 for miles and let the Alabama State Troopers victimize ticket people.  I wish the troopers would enforce drivers doing bad things on the road like hogging the left lane and going in and out of traffic.  Interstate 20 from Birmingham to Atlanta has seen numerous wrecks and something needs to be done to stop the stupid drivers.  Maybe its time to lower the speed limit all the way from Birmingham to Atlanta so drivers would be safer and we are not sitting in something like this.