Monday, October 22, 2007

Mandatory Evacuation

As you may know, our house is located in the area of about 12 raging wild fires. Humidity: 0. Wind: 30-60 mph. Luckily, we are all fine. I am very grateful.

Now apparently some people have trouble with the term "Mandatory Evacuation." So let's break it down, OK? First, it means, you have to, no choice, this decision has been made for you. It doesn't mean "Maybe other people should, but not you, unless you feel like it." Second, it means, "Go! Now!" It does not mean "Hang out. Wait. See what happens." You guys, I can't tell you how much resistance I encountered to this seemingly self-explanatory term and in my own house.

So I'm here in a lovely air-conditioned Mariott TownePlace Suites with our son (who is not happy to be here), the two cats, and the dog. Our daughter is at school nearby. My husband? He went to work.


Julie Kibler said...

I hope you all remain safe and your house doesn't sustain any damage. Sounds like they are even evactuating the hotels people evacuated TO, so I hope you are in a good spot where that won't happen. We are seeing these fires all over the news.

Take care.

Cindy said...

I have been thinking about you and hoping all is well. At least you found a suite/room. Those must be rare. We have seen the footage of the freeways and heard this is the biggest evacuation ever, even larger than Katrina. What a scary big fat mess! I hope your home is safe and remains that way. Meanwhile, enjoy your enforced vacation if you can.