Perhaps you have come to the conclusion that Val is very protective of her boy young 'uns. If she could be in two helicopters at once, she WOULD. It's been hair-raising enough that both sons fell asleep and crashed their cars. Genius bounced off the wheels of a semi on I-44, and The Pony fell asleep on the same interstate, though coming from the opposite direction, and going airborne onto the right-of-way. Thankfully, both boys were uninjured, and did not hurt anyone else.
Twice since the semester started, earthquakes have hit Oklahoma, where The Pony resides on the 12th floor of a residence hall. At first I was worried about tornadoes. Not earthquakes. The Pony assured me that his floor, and those from 7-12, enjoy preferential treatment during tornado warnings. "We go down to the basement, Mom. There's not enough room for everybody. The people in floors 1-6 stay in their hallways. All the floors above 6 are designed to break off and blow away during a tornado!" Somehow, that did not ease my worries.
Genius made a fund-raising trip to California last year to seek funds for the solar car team. I was worried about earthquakes on the west coast. Now that The Pony has lived through two of them in Oklahoma...I'm not all that concerned about Genius's mini-vacation to San Francisco and Portland over Christmas break. WAIT A MINUTE! Isn't there a volcano near Portland?
Anyhoo...Thursday afternoon, I went to have lunch with my best ol' ex-teaching buddy Mabel. That involves 35 minutes of travel on curvy two-lane blacktop. On the way home, my phone buzzed with a text. I always worry that it will be one of my boys needing something. But I knew I couldn't look at it until I was safely in town, on the parking lot of a 44 oz Diet Coke purveyor. My infinite love for my son is evidenced by the fact that I looked at the phone and answered his text BEFORE I went inside for my magical elixir.
That text was from Genius. 18 long minutes before I read it.
"Didn't die in the burning building."
"Thrilled for you."
"Did you see the headlines?"
"Have been driving on curvy roads from lunch with Mabel. Guess I'm out of the loop."
"Air conditioner on the roof of EE building caught fire. Very dramatic. I was taking a test across campus and my phone kept going crazy in my pocket. I though someone was dead." [Well, now he knows how I feel every time I hear a text!]
"Are you providing me blog fodder? If so, you'll have to wait in the queue until after Book Blurb Friday. Dang! Why am I never sitting home when the good stuff happens?"
Let the record show that Genius did not respond. But I found a link.
Let the record show that it was the electrical engineering building that was burning. Genius's major is electrical engineering.