March 2, 2012

Tennessee, robot camp and the tornado.

Ari is in Knoxville, Tennessee at the robot camp championships. His aunt Roz emailed and said "where is Ari again? I know it starts with an M."

Tennessee is in the middle of tornados. I am going crazy. He could be home with no tornados. He finally texted me tonight. You ready?
Ari:"I'm in a tornado warning zone gonna legit come home in pieces."
Me: "I've been freaking out all day! Are you okay?"
Ari: "I'm in the ER."
Me: "Piss off. Are you okay? I'm worried."
Ari: "Seriously. I got a 2x4 in the femur part."
Me: "Get out your Blue Cross. Come home repaired."

What? I've been paying this crap every time they go away for years. Stop judging.

Ari: "kk"
Me: " You guys are doing great."

It has occurred to me that if this is the last conversation I will have with my son as he stares into the eye of a tornado, it should be upbeat, loving and supportive.

Ari: "4th out of 54 at the moment."
Me: "I know! It's awesome!"
Ari: "Tornado is 30 minutes away from out hotel. If we hear a siren we have to head to a padded room."
Me: "Jeesuz. You keep your fricking phone on."
Ari: "I'm not tricking this time,"

Me: "I know! I'm going crazy! Get to a damn basement! Or a bathtub! Or at least an archway. But don't turn off your phone."

Those years spent watching disaster shows have not been without reason.

Ari: "I won't."
Me: "Are you guys somewhere safe? Are you watching weather reports? Put Mr. Arnold (teacher) on. I'm going crazy.
Ari: "We are fine for now holy sh*t chill out.
Me: "I'm your mother. It's my job to not chill out."

I finally asked Twitter people who lived in the area for an update. Thanks to @troublinturntwo via @mrs70runner for their kind help.


Anonymous buzzwhack said...

Mojo sent for Ari & the gang. Don't worry. It'll be all right.

March 03, 2012 12:39 AM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

We have friends in Atlanta and their daughter goes to the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa. Don't know if you remember Tuscaloosa. It was in the news several months ago because the University was levelled by tornados.

They bank with RBC down there (they lived up here for 5 years. Don't judge them) and the morning after Tuscaloosa got wiped out, RBC called them at home in Atlanta and asked if Bethany was OK. They (and I) were blown away (did you see how I used that euphemism there?) by such a personal touch from such a huge business.

I'm sure by now you're up to date on the state of affaires in Mknoxville (with a silent "M".) I have access to very detailed weather maps for the area (as does anyone who is connected to this thing called the "internet") and it looks like there were some wicked thunderstorms through there, but nothing serious.

Congrats on still being a mom. When you're 85 you'll still be texting your 60 year old son to make sure he's got clean underwear on. It just never gets old.

March 03, 2012 5:01 AM  
Anonymous Roz said...

Chris (my poinsettia hero), it's pronounced Temmesee.

I shouldn't be laughing but your back & forths with Ari kill me.

March 03, 2012 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I got from my kid was, "I'm having fun, we're watching tv and its rainy really hard. Oh ya, there is a tornado warning and its a bit windy. But the best part is I got the bed and don't have to sleep on the floor anymore."
Texted him more and got nothing back. I hope the roof is still on the hotel.

This is the stats for the competition. MM is slowing crawling up the ladder, Central is doing great. Tried watching the live feed but it was painful, audio was horrible.

At least they are leaving tonight after the finals so should be home by dinner tomorrow night, not midnight like originally planned.

March 03, 2012 11:22 AM  

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