Speaking of tornadoes, the 2011 western Massachusetts tornado is so ingrained in our psyche that for the Springfield Museums’ gingerbread house contest, a couple of Wilbraham kids depicted the event in their entry “Wizard of Oz Visits City of Homes.” The structure on the top of the photo is the Elias Brookings Elementary School (in case you can’t read the blurry sign), which was trashed when the twister came through Six Corners. The description underneath: “This display was dually inspired by the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz and the June 1st tornado that hit Springfield in 2011. This City of Homes was built with gingerbread, crushed graham crackers, shredded wheat, licorice, life savers, gumdrops, tootsie rolls, shredded coconut, and frosting.”
The real Brookings School after the tornado:
The school has since been replaced:
Gras graffiti: a photo taken in the bathroom stall at the Mardi Gras in Springfield (above). No, the photographer didn’t draw it, so don’t shoot the messenger. I don’t know what's more disturbing—the drawing, or the fact that my friend took a shit in the Mardi Gras men’s room.