(Relatively) Safe @ Home

Hey everyone –  first off, I can't even begin to tell you how much your thoughts and prayers have meant to The Beloved and me during this whole event — its really been a remarkable couple of days.  The one thing that has become so clear is the willingness of people to help one another.  Despite all the fear and all the devastation, this has actually re-affirmed my faith in people.

Evacuating last night was really strange — when we heard our area was under evacuation, we got moving — there was purpose, but no panic.  We made sure our neighbors had all heard the news and we got going (we went to a friend's home that was out of
the path of things).  Driving away and not knowing I was tense, but I knew that everything I really cared about was in one of our cars — actually, really all I cared about was that The Beloved and Eutaw were safe — anything else could be replaced with enough time, money and hassle.  The good news is that we were allowed to return
this morning.

The devastation is truly awful — probably >1000 homes lost already,
and the different fires aren't even a little contained yet.  Fortunately, the winds
have died off considerably today, so the fire-authorities think they
might be able to fight them more effectively today.

We still have the cars packed and ready to go should we need to get out of harm's way again.

Again, thank you so so much for your thoughts and prayers.  I'd say that you guys have also re-affirmed my faith in humanity, but I already knew you guys rock.  I seriously owe you all a beer (except for you Joie, I'm afraid you'll have to wait for yours….).

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28 thoughts on “(Relatively) Safe @ Home

  1. I guess it's a mark of how endearing you are that everyone has been on tenterhooks about what's happening with you! I was definitely anxious and waiting for an update. So glad to know everything's ok for now. Hope it stays that way. A scare like this really puts things in perspective, doesn't it? That everything you really care about fits into a car? :)

  2. glad to hear you're back home Steve. hopefully the firefighters will be able to more effectively do their work now the wind has died down some. and hopefully you will be able to stay put!

  3. I'm so glad to hear that you're back home! I'm also glad to hear that the winds have died down – and hopefully the firefighters can get a handle on those fires.

  4. I'm so glad you guys are safe and sound. I thought about you all morning while watching the fires on msnbc. It truly looks devastating. Here's hoping the National Guard gets there soon to help out.

  5. I'm glad to learn that you two are safe and out of harms way. I grew up in the San Fernando Valley and understand completely. It's indeed a tragedy but we will survive and rebuild again.

  6. So, so, so glad to hear all is well with you guys. =) I've been worried all day.And I hope you're holding my beer because you remember how ill I got last time any alcoholic beverage entered (and erm, exited) my system and not because you've forgotten that I'm old enough to have one. ;-)You guys take care… give Eutaw extra dog cookies to make her feel better about all the stress!!

  7. Since most of the people I "actually" know have moved out of Southern California, I've had all my Vox friends on my mind all day. Very happy to hear you and your home are safe!

  8. so, i've finally gotten a chance to read about these fires, and holy moly, was i scared for you today!! the express (smaller publication of the Washington Post) had a photo of the stadium full of tents and sleeping bags . . . did you have to go there?anyways, i'm glad to hear you're in the clear for now . . . keep us posted, we're all keeping our fingers crossed this can be resolved soon! someone at work said it could be as bad if not worse than Katrina damages if it can't be contained soon . . . worse comes to worse, you're always welcome by me! (and i'm sure many other east-coasters, too.)fingers crossed . . .

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