My paper was there this morning all neatly folded and wrapped with a rubber band. That was comforting because it seemed to prove the claim, made yesterday, that the freeway, previously blocked for two weeks, is now open for business. That’s why, as previously indicated, I thought the paper was late. It’s the LA Times and comes up from LA on the road that was blocked by the recent floods. So I figured they had to drive the paper up the long way taking about four and a half hours, so by the time the contractor got it to deliver to my place it was necessarily late. But now things are back in order because the paper was there waiting for me when I opened the door.
Still the headlines were not all that reassuring, and another body was recovered so now officially, I think, 21 people died in the flood. And at the club, where I work out daily, the flood remains the topic of conversation. One of the guys there was driven from his home by the flood. And he can’t get back in because they still have no electricity, or water, or gas. He goes around spreading paranoia, since, he says, he has talked to experts and other people who have walked the mountain trails, and they say (he says) that the recent fires have destabilized the peaks, and come the next big rain the whole area will be buried in errant boulders the size of Volkswagens.
I discussed this possibility with my wife and we agreed that probably boulders would not get to us since they would have to travel a real long distance, and then they would have to cross a freeway, and then they would have to go through a shopping center and the walls of a Costco before they got to us. Living as we do about a mile and half from the Pacific, we are in far more danger from a tsunami—a danger that recently increased, when over the last two years, the nine hole golf course behind our place was dug up and replaced by a huge hole—intended to be the site, we have been told, for a bird refuge. Right now there is water in it—from the flood—and some birds. But it will make a perfect channel up to our door for the tsunami when it comes.
And, of course, this is California, and there is always the possibility of earthquake. So while getting the daily paper again in a daily way was somewhat reassuring, I am evidently quite a ways from feeling completely secure in my current circumstances.