Still here (cough cough)

Still here, thanks for the good wishes. But a lesson reinforced: the news is after splash, not content. According to the television, my road is closed (much traffic for a closed road,) large parts of the population are evacuated (the fairgrounds Red Cross has twelve, although many horses,) and the flames are leaping at our heels. And all those burned houses they’ve shown? Interesting how many of them had the same exact chimney.

Lesson the second: clear your brush.

Undaunted, if coughing a bit, I remain faithfully yours from the fire zone.

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  1. Carlina on May 23, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Aww…thank you for the update. I’m glad to read you all are well. I found your time line wonderfully cynically in a good way. I’m glad you can have a sense of humor in the face of all this.

    I really can’t blame your husband. Mine has the same attitude of the two of you combined, especially during hurricane season in the days when we lived in a hurricane zone.

    I’m glad you all are doing well, even if frayed on the edges a wee bit. Life’s a funny thing…up, downs, scares, but its short and we have to take it by the bullhorns and enjoy the space we have, even if it means not conforming to what everyone else is doing or believing the hype around things. You seem pretty good at that and it makes you all the more admirable! Apologies on going philosophical. Stay safe and all my best wishes to you and your family.

  2. Lauren on May 23, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Glad to hear you are doing well. Hope that it stays that way.
    Good things to you.

  3. nkk1969 on May 23, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    We thought of you at church last night. I promised Caitlin if I found out you and your house were okay I’d post about it. Here goes.

    An elderly gentleman got up to read a passage from Luke. Long story short, he got confused and did not read the verses he was supposed to read. As a result of trying to figure out exactly what he was reading, Caitlin came across this scripture again and leaned over to say this would be good advice for you.

    Luke 17:31 and 32:

    “On that day let the person that is on the housetop but whose movable things are in the house not come down to pick these up, and the person out in the field, let him likewise not return to the things behind. Remember the wife of Lot.”

    Yeah, it’s a gross misapplication of the text, but Caitlin chuckled at the wife of Lot bit. “Since it seem to be raining fire in CA…”

    Anyway, I hope this give you a little laugh, if you need one today. 🙂


  4. Strawberry Curls on May 23, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    What…the media isn’t giving a straight, accurate, unbiased report on the fire. I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.

    Yes, in California, clearing brush is paramount!! Good Luck to you and yours, Ms. King. Hopefully your holiday weekend will be uneventful after all of this. You deserve some down time.


  5. vicki on May 23, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    I’m glad y’all are safe and things aren’t so dire, after all!

    It disturbs me that the news folks are using up their alarm-and-hysteria quota on things that aren’t really worthy of it. What happens when some massive disaster is on the horizon, and the viewers tune out, weary of Geraldo journalism?

  6. Bachi on May 23, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Good to hear you’re all safe.

    Hope someone notifies the people running your emergency notification program that there is a flaw in there logic, since many emergency situations include power outages, they may need a non-digital backup plan.

    You are lucky to be blessed with a rational mind and a sense of humor both gifts to be treasured!

  7. BetsyC on May 23, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    The media either leave you in the dark or flood you with a deceptive light, and I’m not sure which is worse. I sat through a blessedly short evacuation during the major San Diego wildfire of ’03 glued to the tube in a hotel room, and you would have thought our 25,000-population community had fallen off the map. The only way I was able to reassure myself that our house still stood was to dial our phone number and listen to the answering machine. We returned the next day even though the air was not fit to breathe, having learned through word of mouth that the evacuation order had been lifted. The fire never came within half a mile of our street, though numerous houses on the edge of the community burned to the ground and more were damaged. I hope you stay safe and your air is soon clean and fresh again. Be prepared for weeks of recurring smoke smell whenever a shower rewets the fallen ash.

  8. Kay on May 24, 2008 at 9:42 am

    You’ve always struck me as someone full of rare common sense. The media would like to turn all of us into Chicken Little over one thing or another on a daily basis. So glad all is well with you and yours.


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