Monday, November 17, 2008
I did not take this picture, but I assure you what you see really happened. I saw this from the freeway as we were traveling north to get to Rosie's. Yeah, that's the fire - not an atomic bomb going off over where I live. Thank God for adrenaline, because it's amazing I kept driving and didn't pull off to the side of the freeway to lose my damn mind.
I called in sick to work today. I figured I earned it. I also wanted a chance to assess the damage. Driving around today, I have got to say that the state of California has the best firefighters in the world! I was amazed at how many homes were saved. Like nothing ever happened. I'm at a loss for words, truly. Yes, the damage is awful. Yes, we have neighbors who lost everything. But man, it could have been worse. Lordy, could it have been worse. There are a lot of people, me and My Man included, who ended up just being "inconvenienced" by the ordeal. Really makes you take stock of things - that's all I'm saying.
I had to run out to the laundromat today to wash our king-size comforter, so I was able to snap a few pictures of my own. Instead of loading a bunch of them directly on the blog (and having dial-up people hate me), I decided it would be easier to throw them on a Flickr account. You can see my pictures here. The burnt out buildings? They're part of my apartment complex and the only units that were touched by the fire.