May 18th, 2005


This Day in History, 1980: Mount St. Helens Erupts

(Today's historical post is dedicated to scarlettina.)

Twenty-five years ago today, on May 18, 1980:

At 8:32 a.m. PDT, Mount St. Helens, a volcanic peak in southwestern Washington, suffered a massive eruption, killing 57 people and devastating some 210 square miles of wilderness.

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Personal note: Even thought I was only ten years old at the time, and living in New York City, I remember this event vividly. The news media covered the mini-eruptions with great enthusiasm, and every day we waited anxiously to find out if the volcano had finally erupted.

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mabfan: Cafe Observer or Crazy Waiter?

In a meme he did recently, kradical said that I reminded him of the song "Calliandra Shade" by Ian Anderson. Having never heard of this song, I searched for its lyrics on line and found them at

(The original post has gotten a lot of comments; you can find the thread with kradical's answers to me at

The song appears to be about a man sitting in a cafe on a lazy afternoon and observing the world around him. I'm hoping that kradical picked that song because I remind him of that guy, but knowing Keith as I do, I'm now wondering if he thinks of me as one of the crazy waiters... :-)