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OKLAHOMA CITY – As most of you reading this are probably aware, weather, weather-watching and talking about the weather are topics of great interest here in Oklahoma. Living in “Tornado Alley” as we do, the subject of violent storms is never far from our minds here in the Heartland.

And while I normally don’t watch television when I get home after work, yesterday I plopped down mainly so I could catch what was going on over at The Weather Channel, a channel I have obsessively watched for over 30 years now. After all, a big snowstorm was said to be heading our way. There is rock salt to be bought, groceries to be bought and preparations to be made.

However, when I tuned in it was at the end of segment, but the screen showed a map of America and a the whites and purples of snow cover over the Rocky Mountains and heading into the Great Plains.

The swirling “L” – indicating a low pressure and lots of wintry weather directly over the state of Colorado. Usually, what happens in Colorado makes its way towards neighboring Oklahoma. And indeed, those Rocky-crafted storm systems get here one way or the other. Watching that swirling “L” image over Colorado, I had a brief flash – a “shine”? – of the scene in Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece of horror, The Shining, where Chef Dick Hallorann’s (Scatman Crothers) eyes widen as he watches the local Miami news and sees a report about a blizzard heading into Colorado where the Overlook Hotel is located.

Of course this is where Hallorann “shines” a telepathic message from Danny, back at the Overlook, and leading him to go on a “rescue mission” back to Colorado in the midst of the snowstorm.

Seeing this in my mind, I then change the channel quite randomly to AMC. To my shock it is a scene from The Shining. It was the scene with the murdered Grady twins (8 and 10-years old? Twins?) confronting Danny Torrance in the hallway near Room 237.

“Hello, Danny. Come play with us. Come play with us, Danny” the Grady twins tell a horrified Danny.  There is a theory about the "twins" which syncs with the scene as it appears in The Shining, and later, as we shall see.

This is The Shining, but it’s in another movie. The movie that is on is Twister, the 1996 film about storm chasers (starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt) in Oklahoma who encounter “twisters” during a particularly violent outbreak of tornadoes around the state, not far from the Kansas line.

I mention Kansas primarily because it is my homestate and it is part of the inspiration of the tornado research device called “DOROTHY,” which, if properly deployed, would be sucked into the vortex of the tornado, release tiny sensors to then better inform storm forecasters and hopefully save lives. This syncs with The Wizard of Oz, of course, which I actually was watching a few days earlier with my young sons (at least until the witch scared them and we had to turn it off).

And we know that Dick Hallorann was scrambling to save Danny’s life, only to lose his own life at the end of ax that Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) wields as he goes into his psychotic rage at the haunted Overlook Hotel.

And that’s the scene we start seeing – or at least when he tries to kill Wendy as he smashes his ax through the door- in Twister.  As I’m sitting there stunned, watching this scene, the approaching tornado is heading towards the Galaxy Drive-In while The Shining is still appearing on the outdoor screen. People are seeking shelter as the tornado hits the drive-in movie screen just as Jack pokes his crazed face through the hole in the door and says “Herreee’s Johnny!”

Of course here in Oklahoma Twister is a big film. And the scenes I’m watching now are a big sync for me. One, because the day before I was thinking about it being the 31st anniversary of the Dec. 2, 1982 tornado that hit my old neighborhood in Little Rock, Arkansas. And secondly, because 49 days earlier I had posted the story: “Do you ever get that syncing feeling? A chat with actor, musician and ‘sync master’ Andras Jones.”

The cordial and immensely creative and thoughtful Jones, who was kind enough to come by the Red Dirt Report offices in mid-October, had been in the Oklahoma City area to talk about his experiences starring in the horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Master, the fourth installment of that series.

But Jones told me he felt that coming and talking “sync” with Red Dirt Report was equally important because one never knows what might happen. And for me it was a wonderful experience. And one thing he told me was about a personal sync he had during his visit to Oklahoma, which I recount here:

While in Oklahoma for his Nightmare discussion gig, Jones said he had a “crazy sync” involving the Oklahoma-set film from 1996 – Twister.

While in the Guthrie area, for the “Zombie Run,” one of his hosts, who is into the occult and “chasing tornadoes,” drove him by Guthrie’s Beacon Drive-In, which is called the Galaxy Drive-In in the film, starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt.

“She said, ‘so this is from the movie Twister.’ I say, ‘Well, okay, that’s interesting,’” Jones recalls. “And then I go home (to my hotel room) and then I wake up the next morning, turn on the TV and it’s the opening tracking shot over a wheat field. And I think, ‘this is the beginning of Twister. I think, well, that’s really weird. So I’m watching Twister and I’m syncing with it, I was in acting class with Bill Paxton back in ’87. We both had bands, we were both actors and I was just starting out and he was just breaking through.”

Continuing, Jones gets to the major sync of the Oklahoma visit: “So, I’m watching the movie and thinking ‘there’s gonna be some crazy sync here.’ It comes back from a commercial break and they’re at the Galaxy Theater and I’m watching The Shining. Why did the movie just switch to The Shining, this is super weird, with Danny driving and he sees the girls … and I think, wait a second, they show The Shining on the movie theater screen in Twister?”

For a sync master, particularly one who had recently recorded an interview with Room 237director Rodney Ascher for Red Ice Radio's Radio 3Fourteen, the sync with Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 sync-y cult classic The Shining was a major one.

Jones continues: “And as the thing (tornado) takes off, Jack (Torrance) is bashing the door … I thought I was hallucinating. I’ve got The Shining on the brain …”

And while Jones is puzzled by Hollywood’s seeming aversion to synchronicity and sync themes, he does point to the recent Room 237 documentary (reviewed here) about theories regarding the true messages in The Shining.”


So, 49 days after I posted those words, I have my own sync involving the same scene and all having to do with weather phenomena. And I should note that Jones also has a new book out (he was kind enough to give me an autographed copy) which is called Accidental Initiations: The Kabbalistic Tree of Olympia, now out on Sync Book Press.

I dwell on the number “49” and think about its numerological significance. Syncing with my recent commentary on Twin Peaks and Agent Dale Cooper’s fascination with “rocks and bottles” and “The Tibetan Method,” I think about the Tibetan Book of the Dead and how it has been coming up a lot lately, including in my upcoming book on the music of 1966 and references to The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows." Indeed.

From the Encyclopedia Britannica: “The Vajrayana (TantricBuddhism that emerged in Central Asia and particularly in Tibet developed the concept of the bardos, the intermediate or transitional states that mark an individual’s life from birth to death and rebirth. The period between death and rebirth lasts 49 days and involves three bardos. The first is the moment of death itself. The consciousness of the newly deceased becomes aware of and accepts the fact that it has recently died, and it reflects upon its past life. In the second bardo, it encounters frightening apparitions. Without an understanding that these apparitions are unreal, the consciousness becomes confused and, depending upon its karma, may be drawn into a rebirth that impedes its liberation. The third bardo is the transition into a new body.”

Again, dear reader, this takes place over the course of 49 days, according to the Tibetan Book of the Dead.

So, just as I dwelled on “49” and its meaning. I had the eerie sensation to look over at the always-wrong digital clock on the stove. It read: “9:49.” I couldn’t believe it. In military time it is “21:49.” And on a thread where the significance of “49” is discussed, several contributors note not only seeing “49” a lot, but “21:49” a lot. Remarkable!

Delving deeper I discover that in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 15: 21-49. It’s a stunning read in the context of what we are discussing here:

21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.”[a] Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.

29 Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? 30 And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? 31 I face death every day—yes, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,

“Let us eat and drink,
    for tomorrow we die.”[b]

33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”[c] 34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.

The Resurrection Body

35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39 Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.

42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”[d]; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we[e] bear the image of the heavenly man.

21:49, eh? 

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