Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The Town Crier

New jobs in voice over are popping up all the time! By sheer accident, I think I may have found my newest 'calling'.

Yesterday evening while watching American Idol, one of the worst storm surges I have ever experienced happened upon my neighborhood. My husband had warned me it was on its way, but I was completely caught off guard by how strong it was. Wind gusts came through at around 50 miles per hour toppling patio furniture, and doing minor damage to homes all around.

As soon as the first gust hit the house, it occurred to me that my beloved cat was still outside! I frantically ran to the back of the house, throwing the door wide open, and began screaming his name over and over. I called and called, and didn't even care that my neighbors were flipping on their lights and opening windows to see what the commotion was all about. So what if I was getting strange looks, I wanted my baby back home safe!

After about 5 minutes of screaming again and again, I heard a faint howl. Then it became louder and louder until my sweet kitty came bounding over the fence running for shelter. I scooped him up in my arms, wrapping a towel around his wet, muddy, and shivering body. He was scared, but perfectly fine.

Smothering him with kisses, I walked into the living room to tell my husband. That's when it hit me like a ton of bricks.

You see, my cat's name is Storm.

So, during one of the fastest and most ferocious storms in years, I stood on my back porch screaming, "Storm, Storm, Storm!" Perhaps this could be why I was getting such strange looks from the neighbors.

I'm not sure when I will be able to look any of them in the eye again, but there is a silver lining to the story. My husband has promised me a new pair of hiking boots if I will stand on the back porch tonight screaming, "Partly cloudy, partly cloudy, partly cloudy!"


Jeffrey Kafer said...

ha! Great story, Kara. here in Seattle it would be "Sunbreak! Sunbreak! Sunbreak!" I think Seattle meteorologists invented that term, by the way.

Kara Edwards said...


I guess the terms are different in every region :) My husband just came in to inform me that my meteorological terms in this blog are all wrong. I guess that's why I'm a voice actor and not a weatherperson- hah!


Liz de Nesnera said...

THAT made me laugh out loud!!!
GREAT story!
Thanks for that!


Chris Suchan said...

This blog entry is absolutely true. I heard Kara yell Storm at least a dozen times at the top of her lungs while neighbors lights were coming on and peeking out the backdoor toward our house. Other than one home, the neighbors have no clue what our pets' names are. How hysterical when we had our revelation about "Storm"... oh, it was straight-line winds that came through or a powerful downburst... not a storm surge (that's hurricanes) I've heard of sunbreaks too for the Pacific NW. Good stuff..

The husband :)

jessespringer said...

HAHAHAH!!!! Made me laugh out loud too! Your neighbors MUST have thought you were extremely drunk or schizo or something.

Funny story!


James Lorenz said...

Reason #1 why you shouldn't name your cat "Fire".

Great story Kara!

Kara Edwards said...


Thank you dahlin'- I always seem to be good for a least that's what my family says!

Dearest husband,

I appreciate your correction on my meteorology...again. :) Love you!


The good news is that my neighbors thought I was insane long before I started yelling weather terms out my back door- hah!


Good point! From now on it's Fido and Fifi.

Thanks for stopping by guys!
Kara said...

You could have yelled "Hurricanes,Hurricanes" on Saturday night as Carolina's NHL team beat Buffalo 4-3 in overtime.

The Sabres JUST lost in another shootout to Liz's NY Rangers, 3-2. Buffalo is 3 points out of a playoff spot. Yikes! You should be happy though as the Hurricanes are the third seed in the East right now:)


Ralph Hass
-MSG-TV imaging voice for the NHL's Buffalo Sabres-

Reece said...

I sure hope you took your husband up on his offer. It brought back memories of my husband calling for LuLu Belle. Not quite up to your story but cute (to me) coming from my manly man.

I discovered your blog when I was looking for the "Suchan Shuffle" online. While I know next to nothing about the VO biz your blog really shows your sweet nature. Thanks for putting something so positive on the 'net.

Kara Edwards said...


You lost me at NHL. Sorry, my husband will have to translate ;)


Kara Edwards said...


Thank you for stopping by and commenting! Welcome! I write alot about the VO biz, but I try to throw in something else now and then :)

My husband will forever be known for the Suchan Shuffle! I'm just glad he's stopped doing it at grocery stores and everywhere else- hah! It was quite embarrassing!

Take care!

Bob said...

Kara, that's such a riot I had to pass it along to a couple of friends of mine at NCAR! ;)

Kara Edwards said...


Yup- I may never live this one down- hah! Thanks for stopping by!