January 20th 3:30 PM…
Doctor Austin: You’re cleared to head south. Over the next four weeks gradually build up weighting your leg to 50%. At that point have an x-ray taken. If the bone’s healed, you can remove the cast.
January 21st 10:00 AM…
Shelley and John: Bye bye rainy Comox. Thank you family for putting us up for the last two and a half weeks. Here we come sunny, warm California.
My husband, John: Hi Andrew. We’ve made it through Shasta Pass to Rolling Hill Casino, northern Calfornia.
My son, Andrew: That’s great.
Shelley: Andrew, guess what?
Shelley: A tornado warning’s been issued only a few miles north of us.
Shelley: It’s crazy. Half of the sky is nasty, and the other half is a beautiful blue.
Can you believe we passed through the very same area a mere 10 minutes ago?
Andrew: You’re kidding?
Shelley: Nope. Through torrential rain. It was Malaysia all over again. The couple who drove into the campsite not long after us said that they were caught in a hail storm so heavy, the snow plows were called out onto the I5.
Andrew: But you’re OK, right?
John: We’re fine. As soon as we hang up, we’re heading to the Casino.
Andrew: Good. Good.
Shelley: Not now we’re not. The tornado warning’s been downgraded to a severe thunderstorm. Sigh.
Andrew: Mom, you sound disappointed.
Shelley: I am. Bitterly. It’s not like I wanted to be caught in one but I’ve never seen a tornado except on TV. Oh well. Wait! There’s hope. The TV weatherman is staying on air in case the storm turns nasty.
Andrew: Dad, promise me if the storm is upgraded to a possible tornado, you and mom will go to the Casino.
John: I promise. Shelley, you’re worrying him.
Shelley: Andrew, don’t worry. We won’t take any chances. We have a “How to be Tornado Prepared” checklist. I’m taking care of item #1 as we speak. Here you go, John. And here’s mine. There.
Andrew: Awesome. I feel so much better now that my “Storm Chaser” parents are wearing those.
Shelley: Andrew. Safety is no accident.
Rolling Hills Casino, Northern California, with full hook up, will cost you $28 American (that’s about $42 Canadian. YIKES!!!!!)
Shelley and John