Captain’s Log 5,635
Yesterday’s meetings and speech went well. Turns out I did NOT have to make the trip north with a pit bull in the car. The fellow I was going with is moving to Oklahoma (where the wind comes sweeping down the plain) and he was looking for a home for Mason, the pit bull he rescued from the freeway last year. As fate would have it, his mom decided to keep Mason. All is well, and Mason and I did not have to share a ride. I bless all mothers who decide to keep their sons’ pit bulls.
I was almost 100 degrees in the room where I had to speak and people had already been listening to other speakers for well over half an hour. That’s a tough challenge. I was addressing a room of Corvette nuts. I started by saying, “I drive a Mazda 3 with absolutely nothing cooler than the CD changer.” That broke the ice (even though there really wasn’t any ice to be found in heat like that). When I told them I can drive a stick shift, they oohed and aahed like it was the 4th of July. I swear, I will do just about anything to get a room full of hot Corvette nuts to laugh.
The fires are more contained but the damage has been sad. Certain places on the mountain that have withstood fires for more than 80 years were lost this time. I guess everything and everyone has a number, and when it’s up, it’s up. People heal and move on, the the moment of pain is so acute and wrenching.
Really tough image
As much as I think having a cabin in the mountains here would be cool, the threat of fire is just too scary for me. I have decided to live closer to amenities like police and fire departments. I have had several friends lose absolutely everything in fires. Yes, they bounce back, but I cannot see putting myself at risk like that.
We won’t be going to the mountains for a birthday celebration on Saturday. Looks like we will be heading to San Juan Capistrano instead. The mission where the famous swallows return every March 19th.
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Should be a fun trip. I haven’t been there in years. Looking forward to it!