Back in May of this year, during the purging and down-sizing we were going through as we prepared to move from Clinton to London, Ontario, we came across 2700 slides that I had taken between 1957 and 1979. We hadn't looked at them since then, but we didn't want to throw them away. So I took them to Carman's, a camera shop in nearby Goderich, and asked them to digitize the slides to DVDs for me. It wasn't going to be cheap, and we expected it to take some time, but we were okay with that.
A few weeks ago, we spoke with them about how things were going, and they assured us they were nearly finished.
Then the tornado hit Goderich, destroying nearly every building on the square around the courthouse, including Carman's.
We figured, "Well, that's that. We hadn't looked at the slides for years, and it's too bad we won't be able to see them ever again." I expected to call them, maybe in a few weeks just to find out for sure.
Lo and behold, yesterday we received a call from them, telling us that during one of the periods they were allowed access to the area, they were able to salvage all our slides and the DVDs they had made from them. The shop was pretty much destroyed, and they had set up a table at the local arena to return photos and processing jobs to people who had left things with them.
We feel very lucky that our memories were spared by the tornado, and we're very grateful to Jeff and Kim for getting in there when they could to save them before any damage from the later wind and rain could ruin them. I'm sure their other customers are thankful, too.