Saturday, October 27, 2007

My week with the San Diego Fires

Monday - On Monday morning we received a call from Brock S. He told us that a fire had started close to our home. We lived down the hill from the fire area, so we weren't in immediate danger. On Sunday the Santa Ana winds started to kick up with more vigor then I have seen in years. We turned on the TV to see if there were any reports on the fires. At some point we gathered our stuff to get out at a moments notice. We also thought of the Taufa family. We called over to see if they heard the news and there was no answer. I walked over and gave them the news. I am sure they were wondering why I was knocking on their door at 4:00 AM.

We left our home and evacuated to the church building about 7:00. We watched the fires and smoke from there. The pictures below of the smoke were from the church building roof.

My Father in law and his wife stayed with us because their house was in the badly burned area.

This is what happens when the Santa Ana winds blow hard. Trees were down everywhere. These winds also brought in single digits humidity which made it perfect weather for fires.

This is a short crappy video of the of the area around my place after we went back home around 3:00 pm

Tuesday - This DVD player was a nice surprise on a gloomy week. The DHL guy knocked on our door and we had no idea what the package was. We got the DVD player for free from one of our credit card companies because of some promotion they had. We took the promotion three months ago so we completely forgot we were getting on. Good timing DHL guy!

Wednesday -
I went back to work today. At work I saw a blog post on about a free flash drive. It showed up on Saturday...two free things on one week. Sweet!

This card was an early B-day card from my mother in law. Watch the video and you well see what it does. I thought the best way to use the card is to make a booty trap. I set up the card on the bathroom door next to where my in laws were sleeping. I figured that one them would get up in the middle of the night so I set it up to when they opened the door it would go off. The next morning I asked Dave if they got a bathroom surprise. He said that he got up at 3:00 am and got attacked by my booty trap. I was hoping that it would get his wife because her reaction would have been better but I will take what I can get.

Thursday -

Jamie went our for a girls night out. I figured that she would be home about 10:30 so I set her up with a card booty trap. When she got home I acted like I was asleep and when she walked into the bathroom she gasped when the card when off. She said she wasn't scared...but I think differently.

Friday -

This video is filmed down the road to Rancho Santa Fe from Escondido and in Rancho Bernardo.

**Note** The video is Divx so you may need to download the player. Also give it a few minutes to load. The video is not great but half way througth you can see some of the really bad burned areas.

Saturday -

The air quility improved enought over the week that we still had our trunk-or-treat. good times.

This is Brandon, Lianna, and Dean.

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