Tuesday, October 23, 2007


I've added a new title to my name. Evacuee. I don't care for it.

As some of you may have heard on the national news there are terrible fires raging through California leaving a wake of destruction in their path we've never seen before. I know they aren't the only thing happening in our world but it's the worst thing currently taking place in mine.

We were evacuated from our home in Rancho Bernardo at 5:30 Monday morning while the hot, gale-force winds whipped debris, ash and smoke into our faces and minutes before the Witch fire touched down and did her evil bidding. This funny little town has never made the map before. We're a congregation of soccer stars and blue hairs with a few other demographics in between. I for one would have rather made the worlds largest burrito or something rather than this shit.

But today our lives have been turned inside out, upside down and changed forever. I do not know if my home is still standing or a pile of smoldering ruble like so many of my neighbors. Homes I know, drive past and admire have been burned to the ground. I know every single neighborhood in the Rancho Bernardo/Poway area that have been affected. It's been my home for 35 years. And despite my recent want to move, I still love it and always will.

It's a surreal experience to say the least. One moment numb then anxiety flooded the next. Sobering thoughts all the way to future plans of how to rebuild from scratch if we have to replace literally everything in our lives, except what we could fit in our cars on the way out. Your worldly possessions reduce to the size of a car trunk. The stories are already heart-breaking and devastating and I'm sure they'll only get worse. Until things hopefully get better.

My hearts go out to those who have nothing left. We've seen this horrible destruction before. 4 years ago almost to the fucking day, if you can believe it, although it wasn't as close to me as this time. This time it's my direct neighborhood.

Also - get out of my hood, Matt Lauer, and take your cockroaching fellow reporters with you. We're going through enough. If I see Katie Couric at my Taco Bell, hoping it's still there, I'm going to kick her ass. Just sayin'.

As of right now, as I'm writing this inside a Budget motel room on a make-shift set up 90 miles away from my home and all of my cherished possessions, my friends and psuedo families. Just trying to keep my non-stop terror in check and hoping I still have a home as do my loved ones. So, I just ask for a few good vibes to be sent San Diego's way. We sure could use it.

And if you could spare a couple of nickels help out the red cross that would be aces. They totally kick ass at helping out others and I know a lot of us our going to need them in the days, weeks and months to come. It would be much appreciated, I guarantee that.

San Diego Red Cross


Sugapie said...

Wow...I have been checking on you since late Sunday...and here you are. Hang in there chica. My fingers are crossed for you & Whitey here in ashy/smoky Chino Hills.

Lisa Milton said...

All my happy mojo is coming your way. We've got family in Poway - this whole thing sucks.

Avalon said...

Oh Betty~~~~ I didn't realize all of this was happening where you live. All good thoughts for you and Whitey that your home is intact when you return. That, and a few bucks for the Red Cross. I hope they help.

NouveauBlogger said...

I had thought of you at one point upon hearing the news. Here's sending good vibes your way! Hang in there.

Lula said...

I'm so sorry! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your neighbors (as well as for all those who've been affected, but hell, I like to throw some specifics in there just in case God wants 'em.) and I will contribute to the Red Cross cause. Good luck to you and Whitey, sugar, we're all hoping for the best.

Joan said...

I forgot you lived out that way. If you need anything let me know, this is crazy man.

We were supposed to pick up a van in Hayward Ca next week, and we haven't heard from them yet, and were wondering if they had problems with the fire as well.

Wishing you all the best kiddo.

Lisa said...

You are in my thoughts constantly, my friend. I hope and pray your house is protected. Please keep us updated when you can!

Squid Boy said...

I hope you guys are OK! All my best to you both!

BipolarLawyerCook said...

Sending you best wishes for you, your family, and your home. My mother's in Oceanside and my aunt's in Escondido, so I've been reading the North County Times like nobody's business.

little bitchass said...

I so suck at trying to find the appropriate words to say in a situation like this, and I usually try and compensate by trying to be funny, but now is not the time... maybe there really are no appropriate words anyway...

I've only known you online for a very short time from reading your blog, but I feel like I've known you much longer, and I hate when bad things happen to anybody, but especially to friends. My most positive thoughts go out to you and yours, and I'm praying that everything is still standing right where it was when you were forced to leave.

Best of luck to you Betty, and please keep us all updated when you feel you can.

Big tight hug to you....

little bitchass

Dharma said...

Oh sweetie! I am so sorry. I hoep all is still standing when you return. Thinking about you. Hard.

Anonymous said...

Schwartzenegger insists the victims of the 2007 Southern California firestorm residing at Jack Murphy Stadium are happy.
First he calls Tonight Show host Jay Leno an "idiot". Then he drops this bomb.
If it were Gray Davis the gods would have their media attack him mercilessly for these mistakes. Together they may be enough to cost any other politician his career. But not Arnold Schwartzenegger.
They say he says makes suspect comments all the time, and they are all buried. And it is because they have BIG plans for him::::He is a tool who will be used to accomplish historical evil for the gods.

They say there is a sense of "unease" at the State Capital, like he doesn't belong there. It is because he doesn't. He is not American. Sadly this is an issue that is too readily discounted:::
He is not from the United States. His loyalties lie with a country that was the enemy of the United States a mere 65 years ago.
Just as we witnessed with Clinton in 1992 expect blacks to register and vote en masse for Schwartzenegger as well, a clue and a red flag.

Just as we haven't seen any more of that "Everybody is happy." idiocy from the Preditor so do we no longer hear anything of the possibility a firefighter started one if not more of these SoCal fires, buried forever.
Weight training, promotion of pharmeceuticals, desensitizing "guy flicks" all prove the name "Preditor" is warranted.