Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Apples in Stereo -- "Beautiful Machine Parts 3-4" (2007)

Oh, don't you know it's right
We will live together for a long time
Oh, don't you know it's wrong
We will be forgotten when we're gone

My previous post featured some of the signs I saw during my post-tornado visit to Joplin.  (Click here if you haven't read that post yet.)  Here are some more of the signs I saw.

Some people in Joplin take their politics very seriously.  (Personally, I don't think our President is entirely to blame for the tornado.)

Here's a sad sign I saw in my parents' neighborhood:

(I read yesterday about a cat that had been rescued after being trapped in the rubble of a wrecked house for 16 days.  And our cat once disappeared for 17 days during a bitterly cold January after we moved to a new house -- it eventually turned up at our previous house, which was only 1/2 mile away.  So the owner of the cat in the picture above shouldn't give up hope.)

Here's a sign that would have been very good news if you had been clearing fallen trees from your property:

The most seriously damaged houses and cars in Joplin had been spray-painted with codes:

I learned later that these are search and rescue markings that indicate the date a search was conducted (the house above was searched twice), who conducted the search (here, I assume "JPD" means the Joplin Police Department), and whether dogs were part of the search (note the "K9"). 

Here's another example.  This house was searched on May 24 (the second day after the tornado) by the "OKTF" (Oklahoma Task Force?).  Once again, a dog or dogs had been used.  The number "1" may indicate that one person was found and rescued, or that one dead body was found, or something else entirely:

Many houses in Joplin had been labeled with these "Unsafe" signs:

Someone on Murphy Boulevard used a discarded refrigerator to write thank-yous to all the people and groups who had helped out.  It's hard to read in this photo, but listed at the very bottom are "Lady with hot dogs" and "Lady with cold water":

Finally, there were signs like this one:

And this one:

I admire the optimism of those messages, but only time will tell.

Here's "Beautiful Machine Parts 3-4" by the Apples in Stereo:

Here's a link you can use to buy the song from iTunes:

Beautiful Machine Parts 3-4 - New Magnetic Wonder

Here's a link you can use to buy it from Amazon:

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