Arlo: How could you possibly have slept through it?
Arlo: It sounded like a FREIGHT TRAIN!!
Arlo: It's true! Tornadoes do the weirdest things!
Janis: Don't believe a word he says!
Why does no one ever say a tornado sounded like a passenger train??
You obviously never lived near a railroad track. Passenger trains are much quieter than freight trains. Being loaded with coal, cars or whatever else is being shipped makes the cars sway, bump and ‘clack’ more. Believe it or not, a soothing sound to those of us who love trains. Grew up next to the N&W tracks in Ohio,, now living in Tennessee and can listen to the passenger train going to Nashville every day.
Too bad they don’t still have an impressionable kid. Arlo loves messing with their minds, so he uses Ludwig as a surrogate. He ranks right up there in this respect with the unnamed “Dad” from the Calvin and Hobbes strip. I’m good; but not as good as these guys.
I remember sitting in my parents’s den in Nashville in March 1973 when we heard the freight train. No damage to the house, but it picked up a large locust tree and turned it upside down across (but not touching) the car.
Nashville may be on the tornado tracks. I was sitting in a CLE in downtown Nashville in April 1998 when a tornado blew open the doors of the hotel. Knocked out all power, ended the show an hour early, but traffic home used all of that extra freedom.
I once lived on the approach path to the Atlanta airport, which was nice because I worked for Delta. You get accustomed to it. Scared the hell out of more than one guest, though.
And if you didn’t get any candy, you lived on the wrong side of the tracks.
Earthquakes are what sound like freight trains. You know you’ve lived in California a long time when you can pretty much guess what the USGS is going to call it before they announce.
Glad to see they have a full tree this year and not just a table top size.
Why do Americans put their Christmas Trees up so early?
I’d like to thank the 10% of you who actually commented on the strip and the rest for your irrelevant mini-flash backs. This is more like face book than a response to the strip.