Dork-o-Rama: The Random Thoughts of a Total Goofball

Embracing the Dork Side....Because Life is Too Short to Take Yourself Too Seriously

Monday, October 22, 2007



I have the worst sinus headache ever. It's as if my sinuses are the perfect tool to measure the amount of humidity in the air; when there is little to none, as there is now, they hurt like a mofo.

But at least I'm not fleeing the community in which I grew up, and watching it go up in flames behind me.

If you've watched CNN at all today, you may have become familiar with the San Diego county town of Rancho Bernardo*. That's where I spent my formative years, and it's really strange watching these crazy fires consume parts of it.

Even worse, my dear friends in Poway, one town over, have had to evacuate... as have most of their relatives in nearby communities. The thing is... these fires are burning so fast and furious, it seems like there will soon be no place to go. There are coastal towns that have been evacuated. Are these fires going to burn all the way to the sea??

Now, as some of you may recall, I have a lot of less-than-rosy memories of my years in this part of the world, and couldn't get out fast enough. I don't think I could stand to live there ever again. But it still breaks my heart to watch what's happening. It's really strange seeing my hometown on CNN. And to wonder whether our old townhouse is still standing.

And I'm very worried for my pal Cindy and her clan; they're like my second family, and they've been kind enough to let me crash their Thanksgiving celebrations for the past several years (though she's joking today that I should be prepared to host all of THEM this year...).

So please join me in sending positive thoughts their way. And let's all call on Mother Nature to turn up the humidity and turn off the wind, 'mmmkay?

*photo of Rancho Bernardo from the Los Angeles Times

**UPDATED TO ADD: Good news -- Cindy and her parents were allowed to return to their homes today (Tuesday), though they're keeping their cars packed and ready to go. Her brother, who lives in Ramona with his wife and young daughter, can't go home yet, but it looks like their home is okay. My old house isn't on the official list of burned houses, but it looks like the place where my pal Kimmy used to live nearby is gone -- a neighbor's is, along with a bunch of other homes on the same street. I have many fond memories of the time we spent there, swimming, hot tubbing, and laughing our asses off.

Thanks for all your kind wishes and good thoughts.

At 23 October, 2007 04:45, Blogger SignGurl said...

I was wondering where everyone is going too. It does seem that they will soon run out of running room.

I can't imagine how horrible it is to watch your hometown burn to the ground and there is nothing that can be done.

I'm sending my best vibes to stop the wind and bring on some rain.

At 23 October, 2007 06:04, Blogger masgblog said...

Consider many positive thoughts coming from Canada....very sad to watch California burning.

At 23 October, 2007 11:14, Blogger Natalie said...

It is scary. My sister just moved to LA and I know her area is ok, so far, but anythign could happen. My thoughts go out to all of your friends.

At 23 October, 2007 21:06, Blogger cadbury_vw said...

it's a terrible thing. to have it that close to you and yours and feel that powerless must be horrible.

At 24 October, 2007 11:31, Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

what a truly frightening thing this is, on so many levels. I'm glad your friend's ok.


At 24 October, 2007 15:42, Blogger Laura said...

oh man, we hear about fires all the time, but i never really think much of it. But, i have met A LOT of socal kids who are affected by this. one has had their home burn down, which seems so hard, especially since she is ten hours away from home. countless others said their houses are evacuated. i am thankful to be from alameda.

also, it doesn't matter if you don't have the best memories of that place. it was still your home! your base! where you came from! i hope all your peeps will be okay.

At 24 October, 2007 20:42, Blogger Reg said...

Your sinuses would be a whole lot worse if you had to deal with all this damn smoke. We've had to keep the house locked up like a safe in order to keep out as much ash as possible. The house is like an oven and I'm dying to open a window! That and being stuck in the house with my grandmother is enough to make me want to evacuate...straight outta here!!! :)

At 28 October, 2007 08:45, Blogger buddha_girl said...

I can't imagine what you CA folks are dealing with right now. The pictures in the papers and the scenes on tv are utterly surreal.

I watched a report last night that said about 65% of the people who will/have lost their homes aren't insured enough to replace their belongings. I felt sick to my stomach for them.

At 28 October, 2007 08:58, Blogger Blondie said...

I've just been catching up here. I'm so sorry for your friends. Sending love from the midwest ((()))).

About the dating. I told Shrinky I had considered online dating, but she told me she doesn't think that would work for me. I had to admit it's true. So now I have to go find a man in the Real World. UGH. But I can do it. You can, too. I'm going to experiment when I get home. We can share dating tips!


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