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Friday, December 29, 2006

Oh, The Weather Outside Is Frightful!

Marketing Director Vanessa Clark writes: Sounds like a song; wait, it IS a song. *laugh* In all seriousness, Amarillo, Texas has been hit hard the last couple of weeks with bad weather. The city is just now beginning to clear the mess from the last winter storm (ice first, then snow). You drive down the street and find a park and it still looks like a tornado hit it with half of each tree's limbs and branches broken and still laying beneath the tree waiting for the city workers to make their way with the "chipper" (shreds the branches into tiny pieces) to clean up the disaster areas (which is all over the city). Thousands of residents all over the north part of Texas went days without electricity due to the power lines literally breaking under the pressure of the ice and snow just as so many of the trees did.

Amarillo Design Bureau, Inc. didn't go without our own wounds from the last storm as well. Petrick fell on the stairs outside the office (and no one was here but him) and when he fell, he accidently dropped his keys into a huge bush just beside the stair case (full of snow and ice), resulting in him staying in the dark cold, rain and snow, half the night searching the bush for his keys.

Now we prepare for yet another storm moving in. It has rained all night and so far all day today with the rain expected to change to snow within the next hour or two. Accu Weather and The Weather Channel both predict 6-10 inches of snow. All major outgoing highways have already closed down to travel and the office is waiting for UPS to run before shutting down early and leaving for the weekend, praying to the Star Fleet Gods that we all get home safely and that we can dig ourselves out to make it back in Monday (hopefully).

Needless to say, I don't think many in this part of the country (especially Amarillo, TX) will be doing too much New Year celebration outside of their own homes unless they are of the true Klingon nature and welcome death with a warrior attitude. =) I imagine that the staff of ADB, Inc. will all stay home for the New Year bringing the New Year in by sleeping and staying warm. For those of you that do plan on going out to celebrate, please be safe and know that Amarillo Design Bureau, Inc. wishes you all a safe and happy New Year.

Here's to a prosperous New Year to all of us!