Thursday, October 25, 2007


Thank you for your concern. It means a lot to me. Thought I'd let you know that my parent's home, Lori's condo, Jennifer Johnson Zuffinetti and Amy Johnson Jones' parent's house is ok. The Johnson home was the one that was the most likely to burn, it was in the thick of all of the fires.

It's interesting, I've read a few of the message boards here in Utah, hoping to read words of encouragement and it's interesting to read people thinking that fires happen every year in San Diego and that those that live there were pretty much asking for it.

Since 1979, when my family first moved to San Diego there have been two huge fires that I can remember- in 1996 when it chared my street and we came very close to loosing our house, and just a few years ago. The first of which was started by illegal immigrants living in the canyon behind my house.

If everyone refused to live where there is the potiental for natural disaster where would we live? There are hurricanes in Florida, Tornados in the mid-west, floods in Texas, Drought in Arizona and Nevada, Utah is on a fault line, so where should we all move?

Luckily, I only run into these morons on messages boards, and not in real life. My neighbors and friends are logical and thoughtful, and kind. Thank you for all of your prayers and concern. I well up with tears when I hear that other states are sending fire fighters, redcross workers and financial aid to San Diego.


crazy4danes said...

I know what you mean...and the other comments that really steam me are "I really don't feel too bad for all those rich people loosing their homes" You know how many times I've heard this statement in various different ways?!? I don't care how rich or how poor you are...loosing your home is a tragedy and dollar signs shouldn't have any difference in how we react. I'm glad that everyone that I know came out OK.

Salt H2O said...

That makes me SO mad when I hear that too. Oh, the anger wells up in me. These people worked hard for what they have. Some of the nicest people I know live in Rancho. Second, Ramona isn't exactly known for it's white bred mansion community.

Only 25% of the evacuees are in government shelters- people aren't looking to the government for a handout- they've figured how to take care of themselves on their own, which is what made them wealthy in the first place!

Ugg...I feel another blog on this topic coming on...

Hilary said...

Thank you so much for the update! I can't imagine your beautiful house/ swimming pool/ yards being destroyed. I hope it stays that way. Was Amy Johnosn your friend from college that lived in the huge ex-mafia home? I bet that was a worry! Where is your family staying right now?

Kimberly McEvoy said...

Is is so sad to think we share a planet with people of such low caliber and mental intellect. This is one reason I am so for survival of the fittest quality people not quantity (only in kids---jk).

One comfort is they will probably never achieve the great knowledge that San Diego is paradise. they will never get the job you interview for, they will never run the church, and they will have to explain their remark to Christ. I'd love for you to be there for that debate.

Salt H2O said...

Hil- yes, it was the ex-mafia house, it's a miracle it didn't burn, where the fire lines were, it should have. My parents are in San Fransisco with my brother this weekend to avoid the smoke

Kim- You're totally right. And I'm so glad you and your kids are ok. If I can't live in Carlsbad, I'm glad you can!

Allie said...

I can't even fathom the numbers of people that have been affected by the fires....

As for morons on message boards, it has been my experience that people who may or may not be moronic in real life, too often become so once they start typing.

It's one reason I (unsuccesfully) try to avoid the comments on the Trib website.

Sherpa said...

**Sorry about the longest comment ever, you hit on a couple of subjects I tend to rant about too.

After moderating Linkup for several years, let me say this---message boards attract the crazies. Don't let them get you down. They attract nuts, bullies, fanatics, the undiagnosed or untreated mentally ill(which is different than the rest) and those who get off by contention. Often you get someone who has at least two or more of the above qualities. If you read the boards for entertainment, they can be pretty funny.

As far as the fires go. Its an act of nature. Its funny, but I couldn't help but laugh thinking of how many fires my dad, my brothers and I went on the Wasatch Front. Something like what happened in California could very well happen on the Wasatch Front in the next 10-15 years.

Fire is a part of the natural cycle. So are hurricanes. We're learning more and more how to live in those areas that are prone to natural disasters and areas that have been made worse by man trying to mitigate those natural disasters.

That being said, I don't fault people for living next to a levy or in the Southern California Hills just as much as I don't fault anyone for the tragedies at VA tech, 9-11, the se asian tsunami or even all the events(both man and natural) that led to the Great Depression. Things happen completely beyond our control that no matter what we do to prepare, we can't avoid it. Placing blame on huge disasters is a cheap and easy way out in a lot of ways. Oh, sure we absolutely need to learn from disasters and try to prevent them (I'm not a fatalist), but sometimes we forget that things simply happen no matter what you do to prepare.

Losing your home is a tragic thing. Things happen outside our control, and well no matter what we can or can't do we're still peons in the universe. We're still helpless to the laws of nature when nature wants to show us who is boss. Personally, I think all we can do is roll with the punches, and do what we can to help those who were affected out, no matter if they are "wealthy" or barely scraping by.

Aaron, Ari and Baby Dakota said...

Glad your family is okay!! I was wondering about you guys!! DId you see on the news that they announced mormons were helping out a lot? Sweeet:)