Editorially Speaking

Did last week feel like an episode of The Twilight Zone to anyone else, or was it just me?

It seemed like weird or unusual things kept happening right and left.

The weird events started with the fact that almost our entire state is on fire. Looking at the map that appeared on Page 1 really made me realize how much is burning right now.

Winslow began this week with Second Street being jam-packed with cars all trying to take Hwy 87 South to Phoenix due to the Interstate being closed. I have to commend those drivers for not blocking the intersections crossing Second Street. They were very courteous.

One Winslow citizen commented with a hopeful tone in her voice that the packed streets could be Winslow all the time. I chuckled at her comment, but it did spark a sense of hope in me, hope of what Winslow could become once again.

Then Tuesday, I heard “Brooke, quick, get your camera.... Hurry, you’re going to miss it,” being yelled across our office for the second time that week.

It was the tornado that made headlines across the state. Those of us at the Winslow Mail/Reminder/County Printers office (along with our neighbors and friends from McCauley Construction) headed to the roof of our building to get the best view we could.

Tornados are not popular in my part of Texas, so this was the first one I had ever seen that originated from the sky (making it a real tornado). It was amazing! I spoke to my parents and told them about the incident and they, too, were amazed when they saw the photos.

Then there came the news of Arby’s being robbed at gun point and the thief not being captured. This incident really made my skin crawl. It didn’t have the hopefulness of the bumper-to-bumper traffic or the wonderment of the tornado, it just filled me with an uneasy feeling of panic.

Maybe The Twilight Zone isn’t the right show to compare last week to, maybe I should have said Let’s Make a Deal and the robbery would be like that dumb donkey they always had behind curtain number three. I think I’ll take curtain number one.

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