Eat Fresh

Eat Fresh

I watched Brandon Goforth eat two meals in one day at Subway.  First, a Subway sandwich for lunch at the Cherokee Travel Plaza in Clinton, OK; later, a Subway flatbread pizza for dinner in Dodge City, KS.  It was my first day chasing with the Titans, but I was already picking up on a trend.

“You guys should really get Subway to sponsor you,” I joked.

The idea didn’t seem remotely odd to Goforth, because he and Chris Sanner do eat a lot of Subway, with good reason.

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6 Things I Learned During My First Storm Chase

6 Things I Learned During My First Storm Chase

Prior to beginning Phase One of this project, the only “storm chasing” I had done was accidental; driving up the New Jersey Turnpike at the same speed as a severe thunderstorm in 2009.  I’ve long been interested in severe weather, but the four chases within the initial phase of Behind The Bear’s Cage were my personal firsts.  This is what differentiates Phase One from the rest of the project: I had to shift from thinking like a photographer to thinking like a storm chaser.

I’m not referring to the meteorological aspect of the chase (that learning curve is a lot steeper), but rather my introduction to the storm chaser lifestyle.  Since I will never again have the “first chase” experience, I’ve decided to begin the written portion of Behind The Bear’s Cage with six important things I learned during my time with Tornado Titans

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Arrival; “In Case of Tornado”

Arrival; “In Case of Tornado”

Where’s my bed?

That was the first thought I had upon feeling the shudder of my plane as it touched the runway at Will Rogers World Airport yesterday.  Two flights on 90 minutes of sleep is difficult enough; add to that the taxing experience of navigating Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta, and my brain function is DOA.  That’s why answering the question “How’s Oklahoma?” was so difficult yesterday, because my arrival was unceremonious.  I spent most of the day unpacking, sleeping, and making sure I ate at Raising Cane’s.

 

I was so exhausted upon arrival that I lost sight of why I was even here, my sole determination being to get a shower and a nap (anyone else feel super grimy after getting off an airplane?).  Then, at the front desk of my hotel, I was brought back to reality by a single sheet of paper:

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Waiting on the Weather: Planning Thus Far

Waiting on the Weather: Planning Thus Far

Luck is an interesting concept.  Some people have tons of good luck, others seem to have none at all.  Everyone has that one friend whom always seems to win the raffle; that friend who has managed to be upgraded to first class many times, having never paid for more than an Economy ticket.  There are also a handful of people who excel at the game of “luck,” winning the lottery more than once.  A woman named Virginia Fike (who is coincidentally from the state of Virginia, go figure) stopped at her local convenience store to check her Powerball numbers.  Like many, Ms. Fike waited for the clerk to run her numbers with a reserved optimism; the chances she’d win were infinitesimal, but one never wants to give up hope.  Virginia Fike struck gold” that day, matching Powerball numbers not once, but twice… in the same drawing, netting a total of $2 million.

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1 Week from Launch: 20 Years of “Twister”

1 Week from Launch: 20 Years of “Twister”

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of Twister‘s release, and social media made it known.  Twister is the earliest film I vividly remember seeing in the movie theater.  I was an eight year old weather fanatic, a child in a packed auditorium completely glued to my seat, enjoying the film so much that my father had to remind me I was in public, so everyone could hear me when I decided to scream, “OH WOW!”  To this day, the film is still one of my all-time favorites.

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