One year ago this week, I was witness to an event that, to this day, remains the most destructive that I have see with my own eyes. The Memorial Day tornado outbreak, here in southwest Ohio, left a swath of destruction across the entire state. But in Dayton, and the surround, the devastation was particularly acute.
It’s not possible to convey properly in words what I saw that morning. So I did the only thing I knew how to do. I grabbed my Nikon, and I headed into the damage paths of the twister. Within in thirty miles of my home there had been no less than seven confirmed twisters. Several (Enhanced Fujita Scale) EF-0′s an EF-1, EF-2, EF-3, and the monster EF-4 that destroyed much of Trotwood and Old North Dayton.
It’s taken me nearly a year to revisit these images. I’m still processing what I saw those days. One of the most startling, and disconcerting, things that I experienced was the brightness of the sun. The tornado had ripped the trees to shreds, and it left nothing to block the sunlight. It was so bright that I became uneasy about it. Ever since, I have felt a certain “nakedness” in the open. The feeling is still one that I can’t truly describe, nor escape. I have come to dislike it intensely.
The other sensation that is difficult to relate to the reader is the silence.
It was so quite, like a tomb, not even the sound of birds. It was as if nature itself was morning all that had occurred. I saw entire blocks destroyed, lives rended asunder, and in all of that destruction, I saw people, people trying to comprehend the enormity of the loss.
My emotions, even as I write this post, are extremely raw. It’s hard not to break down recalling it all. The pain is still there, even a year later. Knowing I could do nothing but tell the story was even worse. But it was what I could do, so I did it.
Watching Jeff Winger spew emotional bullshit the way I do to get out of literally every situation I’m in and being heralded as a genius amazing lawyer has tricked me into believing I, too, could be a genius amazing lawyer
Jeff is ambitious, selfish and competitive. He desperately
wants to be viewed as the best and tries to project an image to others that he
is better than everyone else. Jeff takes an attitude that he is above going to Greendale
and shows distain for the predicament he finds himself in as he believes he is not
like the other students who need Greendale.
Jeff is very vain and concerned with his outward appearance.
He takes great pride in the way he looks and dresses and often spends more time
worried about his looks than more pressing issues. Jeff also has a penchant for
the finer things in life and grew accustomed to a very lavish lifestyle when he
was a lawyer.
At his best, Jeff becomes more cooperative and caring to the
needs of his friends. He starts to appreciate their friendship and admits that
he has grown fond of both his friends and Greendale. At his worst, Jeff makes
questionable choices to achieve his goals. He was shown to be very deceitful and
underhanded in his previous career as a lawyer and this behaviour still occurs
at times when he is at Greendale.
At the beginning of the series Jeff finds it very easy to
lie to all those around him and thinks that he can talk his way out of any
situation. He believes that he will be able to skate through school and won’t
need to put any real effort or work into getting his law degree. He thinks he
will be able to use this degree and go back to his previous life with very
little inconvenience and the people he meets along the way won’t need to be in
his life anymore.
As the series continues, he begins to show growth and
integration to 6 as he is more concerned with the groups goals, rather than his
own. He has the opportunity to sue Greendale and go back to his former life, which
he finds very enticing. However, as he grows he decides to stay with the study
group and take on the role of teaching at Greendale.
Jeff has a wing 2 as he is more personable and willing to
adapt to different situations to achieve his goals.
Some quotes to describe Jeff’s motivations:
“For your information, I don’t have an ego. My Facebook
photo is a landscape.”
“I’m wearing a $6,000 suit, and you spent three days
making cardboard box robot armour.”
“The universe goes by supply and demand the more you take
and demand, the more it sends.”
“What is it about me that make broken people flock to me?
Is it my height? Do huddled masses mistake me for the statue of liberty?”
“It’s called chemistry. I have it with everybody.”
“I don’t step up to being leader, Troy. I reluctantly
accept it when it’s thrust upon me.”
Britta: I was a little too harsh on you, I’m not perfect Jeff: I am, I’d be happy to show you the ropes
Shirley: Jeff, you don’t have a bag? Jeff: I could never deprive the world of the portion of my chest the strap would cover.