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Naturally-Occuring: It's Flooding Down in Tex---Warwick...

Rhode Island (my home state) got hit by a humongous amount of rain, leading to immense flooding. Looks like the Ocean State...wanted to get a little closer to the ocean. (YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH!!!)

(This one is going to be shorter than my usual fare, for reasons that should be obvious soon.)

That's the shopping mall that I used to go to frequently as a kid, and contained my most-frequented Gamestop (that I honestly didn't like anyway, but that's another story). There was a ton of flooding in that area that did even more damage. It's the biggest natural disaster I can remember occuring in my hometown in my lifetime. Maybe a hurricane I can't recall, and I've seen a few nasty blizzards in my day, but nothing that shut down an entire mall and displaced a bunch of citizens. The Providence Journal reports that this is the first time this mall has completely shut down in its 40-year history.

Needless to say, this is a tragic event. There isn't really any solid idea if this mall (or other businesses in the area) will be able to re-open or not. I've heard rumors it'll be months, years, or even that the entire building will get bulldozed. Here's a more current picture of the area (albeit from a different angle)

It's pretty surreal. I know a few people who had their basements flooded, and one person who might be out of a job (but one he was going to quit soon anyway to become a police officer), but no one that got seriously screwed by this. In Rhode Island, that's actually kind of rare. And if you happen to be wondering: yes, my family and I are completely safe. Our area didn't suffer any flooding at all. For that, I am thankful. All the same, though, seeing the photos and videos of all of this is harrowing.

I got in a bit of a fight with a few old friends of mine when I cracked a few jokes about the whole event (Dead Rising: Underwater Mall edition, anyone?), and I felt bad, but really...that's just how I deal with this stuff. Yes, I completely understand why you'd want to remain solemn over something like this, an event that could have hundreds of people out of jobs (and at a wonderful time, to boot), but stressing out over it would just lead me to be even more stressed than I already am (for those of you who have been playing along at home, I've been unemployed since December).

It's just...I dunno, I need to create humor in situations like this. I know this isn't exactly a new thought, but I feel it is important to remain even somewhat upbeat even in dark times, otherwise you're just going to crush yourself in misery, grief, and whatever else. I certainly had a realization today, though, that I have to be careful with what I say to whom - especially on a service like Facebook. I guess we all learn something in times of tragedy, right?

That's all I've got, really. I sent a few of these photos to a friend of mine in Minnesota, and he had no idea anything at all had happened to us out here in the smallest state. He asked (paraphrasing), "Why isn't this the cover story on every news publication out there?" I honestly don't know. It's a big deal, especially to those of us out here seeing it with our own eyes.

Update: I'm adding one more photo that really shows the entire mall, courtesy of the Providence Journal (linked above). Surreal.

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About Alakaiserone of us since 1:32 PM on 03.15.2010

The name's Tom. I used to work as an industry guy, and am currently on the hunt for my next paying gig. In the meantime, I'm working on a bunch of different projects that don't help me pay my bills. I write a lot. I'm a musician, although certainly not of the professional variety. I like trying new things and meeting new people. I'm still somewhat new around Destructoid, so sorry in advance if I don't know something I probably should.

About my blog:

I update daily (not really, but I like to pretend). Generally, my updates get pretty long-winded, but hopefully not to the point where they're unreadable. I'll wax poetic about whatever's on my mind, like current events in my life, things that are happening in the video games I like, or whatever happens to pop in my head that day. With a few exceptions, I write my entries the same day I publish them, so they're pretty fresh content-wise. It also might help explain the occasional typos. I do my best to avoid any errors, though.

About my work:

I worked at Harmonix Music Systems as a tester on a year's worth of DLC, The Beatles: Rock Band, Lego Rock Band, and Rock Band Network. Feel free to ask me questions about it, but remember: I'm still under NDA. Also, if you know of a job opening, please tell me about it. I'm flexible.

About my contact info:

Want to collaborate with me on something, big or small, related to the site or not? I'd love to. I like working on any project that I'm even remotely capable of working on, and would love to help you in whatever way I can. Feel free to PM me here, or otherwise send me an email at alakaiser(at)gmail(period)com. Even if you don't want to work with me on something, I'd love to just chat. I'm a pretty friendly guy!

What happened to that thing you did? You know, that one thing?:

I wrote an article that ended up getting promoted to the front page of the site, which is pretty damn cool. It removes it from my cblog archive, though, so I'm throwing a link in this here sidebar for the sake of an archive (and in case I lose the link myself).

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