sweetalyssum 47F
560 posts
9/29/2005 6:58 pm

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I spent today watching flames shoot up in the sky, licking greedily the dry California brush.

I feel worry lick along my veins and watch with concern, remembering two years ago when the valley was ringed in fire and the smoke choking.

I avoid news watching for the most part as when we moved our troops into Iraq, I spent too much time worrying over loved ones stationed there. I find myself drained on a continual basis of energy from those needing me, so I jealously guard my sanity, preserving the scraps that I hold together.

And when the spring brings joyous healing rain to the parched California soil, there is always the part that looks ahead to this time of year and knows it is likely the fires will come. You live with it, like those on the east live with the possibility of floods, hurricanes, and tornados.

Here the eminent and continued form of possible disasters lie in earthquakes and fire. We accept this with our lovely avocados, sunshine, and varied landscapes. Two sides to the coin, flip it and one day you will have your land of nuts and fruits, or call it as it spins in the air to land on nature's chance and her bag of humiliating tricks.

But ask us if want to move? Some of us will leap at the chance, others know they would regret it the moment they could not come back to home. Home to California...

gemini0157 59M  
6842 posts
9/30/2005 8:30 am

I don't think there is really anyplace one can completely hide from Mother Nature. We've seen risk of living on the coast. having been raised on the Plains, living in "tornado alley" was exactly that. Nature strikes everywhere one way or another and it's really magnified when it strikes in a metropolitian area. If it isn't wildfires in California, then it would be something somewhere else. Like you said, It's all part of living in California... The Land of Fruits and Nuts!.... (you said it... not me!)

sweetalyssum 47F

10/2/2005 7:20 pm

Akadafa...the squirt bottles I am sure will be a very effective measure against the flames. is true that we grow fruits and nuts...I can definitely testify to the nuts - they abound here. Great strawberries too.

sweetalyssum 47F

10/3/2005 8:48 pm

Funny thing about fire...yesterday, I lit the bbq on fire with lamb chops.

You should have heard the curse words in my head!!! I had wanted those lamb chops! It was merry little fire. Quite different than last week.

I contented myself with an artichoke instead and a bit of risotto.

MisterPriapus 56M
6980 posts
10/6/2005 5:54 pm


While I do miss the readily available, succulent Hass', not to mention exquisite Mexican food readily found, and being able to watch Monday Night Football and STILL get a decent night's sleep... I'm an East Coast Boy, and even after a full dozen years worth of living there- I always longed to return to this side of the continent.

For natives, and those swapped at birth (like the younger of my 2 sisters, who is happily and contentedly living in the North Valley with her truly Native husband and kids), those calamities are expected and accepted. Me, I could never adapt to the mere 2 seasons California has, those being Fire and Mud.

I hope to return, but merely to visit. After so many years of searching, I finally found my Home, here in beautiful New Hampshire.


Been a while since they last let me out into polite society. Resurfacing, catching a breath, & catching up.

And while I got my Broad-Brimmed Pimping Hat on, could I cajole all of y'all to Comment on, Alone In A Cloud? It's probably the best thing that I've written!



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