crazydiamondsue: (OK State of Mind)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] stoney321 for updating everyone we were okay after the destructive tornado in south Oklahoma City yesterday. My phone was blowing up all day and night and I wasn't in a great frame of mind. Eddie, Jonah, our fur babies and our house are fine. We live in inner city north, about 3 miles from downtown, which is usually pretty safe from the storms.

I wish all my fellow OKCers were as lucky )

If you'd like to help, www.feedthechildren.org/tornado is great local source, the Red Cross as always, and if you'd like to do something fannish, I can personally vouch for SPNFamily Fundraiser through Winchesterbrothers.com, which has already raised over $400 for the American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma: SPNFamily donation.

Love to you guys, thanks for those who have sent emails and messages.
crazydiamondsue: (OK State of Mind)
Having exhausted (I think) a lot of the well-written HP fic I could find on AO3 (that was a lot of reading) I consulted my saved fic links and ended up re-reading an SPN RPS AU that is very AU (the only kind of RPS I'm into) and clicking subsequent links lead to me to new fic and I've been reading a lot of new to me J2 AUs this afternoon. One such fic ended in a note from the writer (a Brit) asking for American (particularly Texan) readers to Ameri-pick for regional or linguist errors. The main thing that tends to throw me out of J2 fic is "Texan" food that is neither Texan nor remotely palatable in combination (enchiladas served with chicken fried steak has got to be the winner in that category.)

So I left a comment about a few dialogue choices (meant vs supposed; "Let's go back to mine" "Don't mess me around, yeah?" etc) that didn't sound particular Texan or US southwestern and then commented that having Jared long for his mother's chili served with Madeira cake was a little odd. We tend to have chili with cornbread or Fritos around these parts, and the likelihood of a Texan having Madeira cake as a fave would probably suggest an English mother or grandmother.

The author commented back very cordially, but commented that she was under the impression that cornbread was not something people ate anymore and she was leery of its racist connotations. Um. What?

And now this post will go all over the place )

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We just had our 2nd earthquake in 24 hours in Oklahoma! I missed the 2 am one, but this one shook so hard my china cabinet shimmied and our light fixtures swayed for several minutes. Everyone I know in the state is on Facebook talking about it...250 updates of "Hey...did y'all feel that?" haha!

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crazydiamondsue: (OK State of Mind)
Annie buzzed me on Facebook to see if we were okay post-tornado, so I thought I might give a quick drive-by post to say that Caza, Jonah and I are fine. The tornado went to the southeast of us (as it usually does -- the May 3, 1999 tornado system that destroyed much of southeastern Oklahoma City and hit its outlying suburbs struck the same area.) 6 people were killed in yesterday's storm, including a child who was struck with debris while waiting outside of a convenience store.

I'm not afraid of tornadoes (and I'm not a storm chaser like some) but I am respectful. I was on the phone with [livejournal.com profile] cityphonelines when the tornado siren went off, so I checked the weather, keeping her updated. As soon as TV's Gary England (as seen in the movie "Twister") told me the tornado was headed east from Yukon (home of Garth Brooks) I told Vin, "Gotta go" and quickly cleared the bathtub of all ducks, conditioners and glass bottles and got Jonah's toddler mattress ready to place over us.

And then I prayed like mad that I wouldn't have to climb into a bathtub -- under a monkey strewn mattress -- with 2 toddlers, a weenie dog and a radio. The storm went east, leaving us pea-sized hail (hail up to double-softball size was found south of the city) and that scary yellow tornado sky.

It's springtime in Oklahoma. Although the damage is terrible to see (my cousin's wife's sister -- that means we're kin -- lost her home yesterday) and the loss of life is always shocking, it's something I've grown to be respectful of but somewhat inured to. I figure I'm far more likely to die of a stress-induced heart attack in response to Oklahoma's back-asswards politics than I am to have a house fall on me. I hope.
crazydiamondsue: (ATS Oklahoma State of Mind)
Greetings from Hell on Earth! I'm not even going to address the stupidity (and possible Sonics-transfer butt-hurt at work here) of the writer, other than to say that I have been to West Memphis, AR at midnight and to a Port-a-Potty in Mexico City during July and I therefore know of hell on earth as far as the Western World goes and OKC is so very not it.

'Sup, y'all? )

Please tell me something that doesn't involve the words lactation, effacement or, um, cervical mucus. (Unless it's Faith/Buffy cervical mucus. That, as always, is fine.)
crazydiamondsue: (ATS Oklahoma State of Mind)
Happy Centennial, Oklahoma!


It's the 100th birthday of my home state today! Flist, on behalf of all Oklahomans, you're welcome for The Flaming Lips and Christian Kane. I've already apologized for Color Me Badd and Toby Keith - I can't control everything.

In honor of the 47th state, I've been Googling Oklahoma a bit today, and discovered that, as 1/16 Cherokee and a buttload of mutt + German, I'm pretty much the textbook census ethnic make-up of Oklahoma. Sweet. Besides the waving wheat (it sure smells sweet) and the fact that we're the 2nd largest producer of Natural Gas, we're also a very pretty state -- giving the country (and dare I say the world?) five Miss Americas, in addition to Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard, Kristen Chenoweth and James "Cyclops" Marsden. I'm not sayin' we're like, Texas, or sumpthin', but we're doing our part.

10 REASONS OKLAHOMA KICKS ASS )

Happy Oklahoma Day, y'all.
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You knew I was gonna have a Great State Fair of OK-lahoma post, right? This is for my girls [livejournal.com profile] karabair , [livejournal.com profile] adis723 and [livejournal.com profile] stoney321 , but the rest of my flist is welcome to mock along with us.


How many balloons do I hafta hit to win that Motley Crue mirror? )




 

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