Wednesday, May 05, 2010

My Weekend, part 1

Saturday morning, we woke up "early" to go to a fundraiser Pancake Breakfast at my school, which is in East Nashville. We live in Franklin, which is about 15 minutes south of Nashville, making the trip to the school about half an hour.

It was POURING down rain. I love rain, so I was happy. I really love the rain when I'm sleeping in, but being out and about in the rain is usually okay too. When we left the breakfast around 11:00, we decided to drive around East Nashville for awhile. I'm over there all the time, but I don't really take time to explore. We like to drive around a look at "stuff." We also went shopping.

When we were leaving what was presumably our last shop, the radio announced that there was a tornado warning in Franklin for the next half hour. We decided to stick around Nashville for a little while longer. It was still raining--Josh went into a video store and found a few deals while the kids and I hung out in the car--they were playing on their DSs, and I was reading on my Iphone. (I'm not sure what we'd do without electronics...)

When Josh returned, we decided to meander home. We got to about 5 miles from our exit off the interstate and traffic was stopped. Now, people in Nashville seem to think driving while it is raining is...reason to crash into each other. There seems to be a lot more accidents during rain storms. So, we figured there was an accident.

It is unusual to be stuck on the interstate on a Saturday afternoon. We decided to get off at the exit and take the back way home. We were in the furthest lane from the exit, of course, so it took a little maneuvering. It seemed that everyone else had the same idea as well--even the semi-trucks! Weird.

Once in the exit lane, we drove close to the interstate so we could see the action. By this time, we realized that all of the traffic had been routed off the interstate. Must be a bad accident! Then, we saw that the direction we were headed--toward the mall was FLOODED. The road that leads to the mall had a huge pond of water with a few cars stuck in the middle. Then, we noticed that the INTERSTATE was also flooded, which is why we were routed off of it!

Well, by this time, we were hungry again, so we stopped to eat. It was pouring down rain the entire time. At the school across from the restaurant, a group of teenagers were playing in the pool that was once a field. At the time, it seemed fun and cute. Looking back, it was the start of a very long weekend.

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