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‘Frankenstorm’ and a good movie

October 27, 2012
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

So when I put the weather graphic on page 1 for Thursday's paper, I was optimistic. I thought the rain/snow mixture that was predicted would be more rain (like I'm sure quite a few of you hoped). Imagine my surprise when I looked out the window and could already see the white. And it wasn't just little patches of snow; the ground was covered. Snow was on roofs. I had to brush the snow off my windshield and hood. Ick, I was so not ready for this. But then I had to remember that it can snow at this time of the year and in larger quantities. (Halloween blizzard of '91 anyone?) But being hearty Minnesotans, we remember how to drive in the sloppy snow, we shovel the sidewalks and we put on the gloves and scarves.

And the NOAA is predicting a "Frankenstorm" for the East Coast next week - that's an interesting term. There's a 90 percent chance that the area will get hit with gale-force winds, heavy rain and flooding (courtesy of Hurricane Sandy), along with the possibility of snow (thanks to an early winter storm in the West and a blast of arctic air from the North). Not a combination I want to face.

"It's almost a weeklong, five-day, six-day event," NOAA forecaster Jim Cisco said Thursday from NOAA's northern storm forecast center in College Park, Md in an Associated Press article. "It's going to be a widespread serious storm." Oh, and it's predicted that this "Frankenstorm" will do $1 billion worth of damage.

I hate it when weather's called an event. I just picture having to hole up somewhere, and there's the possibility of not having power. Ugh, not my idea of fun. Guess I'm glad that I don't live on a coast.

So if I had to hunker down, and let's say I had power, I'd definitely be catching up with the books and DVDs I have collecting in my apartment. After putting it off and putting it off, I finally watched the movie "Sarah's Key" on Monday night. I had gotten the book quite awhile ago from the ongoing Friends of the Library sale at the Marshall-Lyon County Library, and then it became a selection for my book club. We have a tendency to read World War II-themed books. And it's nice that there are quite a few of those books out there that aren't necessarily military-based. It's about a 10-year-old girl named Sarah, who is taken with her parents by the French police as they go around arresting Jewish families. Sarah wants to protect her younger brother, Michel, so she locks him in a bedroom cupboard, promising to come back for him. In present day, Julia Jarmond, an American journalist who has lived in France for the last 25 years, is looking into the time the Jewish people in Paris were being arrested - the Vl d'Hiv roundups. She discovers secrets that link her to the young girl. Now the book was compelling, so I hoped the movie would be as well (I was optimistic). And it was. It went back and forth between 1942 and 60 years later. It showed the grim reality of the roundup of the Jewish people and how they were all packed into Velodrome d'Hiver, an indoor cycling arena for several days before being sent to transit camps and eventually Auschwitz. A line from the movie was something to the effect of picture the Astrodome after Hurricane Katrina but so many times worse. And after seeing the movie, I want to re-read the book. But I had given away my copy after reading it. Guess I'll have to locate another one.



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