Monday, April 28, 2008

Rollin', Rollin' on the River

So, a week and a half ago, we had this little earthquake. Guess what now? The Mighty Mississippi is expected to crest at 19.5 feet on Wednesday, flood stage is at 15 feet. Oh, it's a sight when that river leaves its banks. The above picture is from 2001- no baseball that spring. So far, the baseball stadium is dry- it's a bit soggy getting into the stadium, but they've got sandbags up. This weekend is prom for the school where I teach, which could be tricky, since it will be held on a riverboat. If the river is too high, I'm guessing they won't actually sail. Before you get all "Oh, how quaint" about having your prom on a riverboat, which I did, think about it. Sails at 9, comes back at 12. You're in the middle of the Mississippi for 3 hours. (a 3 hour tour, a 3 hour tour....) You are stuck on that boat for the entire time - there's no leaving early. And if you're late? They take off without you. There goes your prom- and my school only had Senior prom, none of this Junior/Senior stuff. The tradition was that the Junior class hosted the prom for the Seniors. And sea-sickness? A little bit- not hurl-over-the-railing sick, but definitely some queasiness. From a parent's point of view, the boat is awesome- you know where your kids are, they are safe and contained. From a kid's point of view, it's a tad claustrophobic.


Blogger Mrs. Bluebird said...

This earthquake thing is crazy, is it not? In any case, you're one of my favorites so I've tagged you for a meme:

4/28/2008 8:35 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Chili said...

I actually didn't go to a friend's wedding because he had it on a boat. I was pregnant at the time and didn't relish the idea of being TRAPPED on this boat for however long they'd chartered it for. I think you're dead-on in your assessment of the tradition; it works for parents, but not so much for the kids.

4/29/2008 6:52 AM  
Blogger Adeline said...

like the three hour tour. and i agree, as far as I am concerned, it is ok. i think for my prom me and he just went out to dinner downtown and then endedup not going to the dance at all anyway...just dinking around downtown seattle.

i was one of those kids with parents who were rather laissez faire.

this wave is quite scary though...hope all fares well.
i will probably be the opposite of this, however.

4/29/2008 9:46 PM  

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