Friday, September 30, 2005

The Blaze....

Rarely do we peel back the curtain for some personal insight here at TC. But today I will. I have been extremely worried over the past three days with the fire in Los Angeles. My family lives on each side of the Ventura/LA County border, mostly in San Fernando. My grandparents and two of my Aunts have been able to see the flames the entire time from their back patios and said their bedrooms were even lit up at night. The flames came within a few hundred feet of hitting the cemetary my family plots are held in, as well as several members buried, and the home of my youth was actually across the street from some of the flames and utilized by LAFD while fighting the fires. The hills we once played in as children have now been completely scorched. For those not to connected with the area it actually has some significant pop culture history. The area of the fire used to be the "Alien Worlds" visited by Captain Kirk and the orginal Star Trek crew, some Next Generation footage was shit there as well, but very little. The area is also the hills/rocks the children used to run from to see Big Bird in the original Sesame Street openings on PBS in the late 70's and early 80's. Box Canyon/Santa Susana Pass were the areas that the Manson Family resided and often conducted many of their "rituals". And, Canoga Park High School(A Red Cross Shelter) is actually one of the two schools where Fast Times at Ridgemont High was taped. Anyways, it seems the flames are under some control now. Hopefully it will all be over by the end of the weekend. Please keep all those familes affected by the flames in your thoughts and prayers as I am sure many of you have over the past several days.

4 Comments:

At 9/30/2005 07:48:00 PM, Blogger I'm Not Emeril said...

MR JMS,
I really don't mean to sound critical on so personal a post, but spell-check does miss some typos, especially when int results in an actual word.
Whose idea was it to put the "i" right next to the "o" on the keyboard anyway?

 
At 9/30/2005 07:49:00 PM, Blogger I'm Not Emeril said...

Accckk...there's a typo in my post about typos....

 
At 9/30/2005 10:08:00 PM, Anonymous NOVA Scout said...

Sorry you're having to worry about this, JMS. There's a different appreciation (and wariness) about the random dangers of nature in California (I lived for a year on the San Andreas fault). The weather and the scenery can be sublime, and then these things happen. Your friends appreciate your concern and will remember to send off a prayer for our brothers and sisters on the left coast in addition to those who are coping with the aftermath of the hurricanes. It was good that you posted this.

 
At 10/06/2005 02:58:00 PM, Blogger KathyinBlacksburg said...

I'm sorry you had to worry about that too. Although my family wasn't affected by the recent fires, we've had to worry about it before. One family member lives way south in San Marcos (near San Diego), where there have been a number of brush fires nearby. And my parents live in southern San Luis Obispo County. A few years ago, a fire came within a few blocks of where they live. Every year, as the fires break out, all you can do is pray they are safe. And it evokes a feeling of helplessness to be so far away.

 

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