- 3:29 PM,
Wednesday, September 14th, 2005:
- That title
allusion is fif-teeeeeen years old. Wow. That's
- So Adam the
terrorist goes on the air to warn of upcoming attacks
in LA and Melbourne. So strange. I thought
it was the interpreter just getting "into the
part" until I realized dude's just american. From
Orange County strangely enough. ANYWAY. Most of you
remember seeing this Al Queda tape this weekend.. As I
have with all of them - you just roll your eyes and
move about your day. I swear to you terrorism
hasn't entered my mind once since 2001 in my
day-to-day life. Even planes: WHO CARES.
What the fuck ya gonna do? I simply don't think
- ...until Monday.
So I decided that I wanted to camp-out in my
back yard. Get a firepit, a tent, the chairs - the
whole nine. Figured it would be peaceful (more than
I could imagine, but more later)... Right as we
were about to leave the power goes out. Cassi and
I figure - that's a pretty good time to jet then.
Get to the first traffic light and it's out
- "Wow, this
is a big one..."
- Turn left and
realize the next one is out. I immediately
- "What the
FUCK. This is huuuuuuuge, I've never seen an area this
big go out".
- By the third light
it hit me.
- "Cass, did
you see the terror dude yesterday talk about
LA being next?"
- Not to jump to
conclusions but it wasn't a hot day at all - so that
excuse was out. No big accidents (yet anyway) and the
area it covered... Whew. We arrive at our tent buying
destination. Closed. No electricity. Look around, all
the businesses are closed. So we just figure it's a
big block and try to jump back on the road to go a bit
further and get something to eat. Turn on the radio
and they're talking about it. Funny thing is -
they're on generators. Then they get a call
that most of downtown is out and both Cassi and
I get a bit freaked. I called my
- "Dad, the
power is out..." long-ass pause "...in
- LOL. It becomes
very apparent how widespread it is. All of the valley
just became a 4-way stop and it got really scary.
Nothing was moving and the further away from home
I got the more frightened I became. You
start to realize that if this lasts for any extended
amount of time - shit's gonna get looted. Big
time. The businesses are all DARK. There's so
much traffic and so many accidents now that cops won't
have the manpower to police ANYTHING. I wanted to
get home as fast as I could. It took 25 minutes
to go a mile and there were accidents all over the
place. Bad ones too. The people on the radio were
still joking but even one of them mentioned Al Queda
and the coincidence of it all. But how on earth could
it be so widespread? The Valley is
huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge. LA County is just
- Finally get home
and within about 15 minutes everything jumps back on.
Turn on the news and it's everywhere. CNN, MSNBC,
FOXNEWS... It was intense. Apparently everyone thought
the same thing. As you probably already know now, it
was ONE DUDE who cut the wrong line, then
hooked it back up to the wrong line creating a power
surge that knocked out something like 90% of the
Valley and had a domino effect all the way down the
coast. Downtown and some beach communities basically
went out as a safety precaution. Add a +1 to the
unemployment numbers for Los Angeles 'cause that
fucker caused some serious shit. I fully believed we
were just hit and there simply couldn't be a better
way to destroy a city. Take out the lights and let
them destroy themselves.
- It did open my
eyes to just how vulnerable I am in case of
emergency. I need to get a crank radio, some
earthquake kits and a bunch of water and canned goods.
Christ if Katrina didn't teach me that. "Don't depend
on your government, Adam". Whew. And the earthquake is
COMIN'. After the tsunami, and the quake in
Japan...it's gonna hit here - and we're long overdue.
You just hope it hits in the middle of nowhere and we
only get the remnants of a 7.0. Ugh, moving onto happy
- So we did finally
get the tent and stuff. By the way, fire pit? Why are
you so expensive? You're a sheet of metal with legs.
Granted you were 50% off and I'm glad I got a
deal, but why were you ever $120 to begin with?
I don't understand you fire pit. Not at all. Now
Super-tent? You rule. You were $87 and you are HUGE.
You set-up in like 10 seconds just like you said on
the box and you make me smile. You keep me, Cassi, and
both the pups nice and covered from the elements.
I like you Super-tent.
- Of course we did
it up 4tvs style by having a TV onsite to watch Monday
Night Football and The Sopranos. It was incredible.
And it absolutely felt like camping. The trees in the
backyard and how far back we were able to put
everything...man it was perfect. The morning however,
not so perfect. First of all the dogs had to be in the
tent with us which was anything but comfortable as
apparently when you lay at their level they feels it's
"lay on humans" time...ALL NIGHT. And of course
by about 9 AM people are honkin' and drillin' and
barkin' and livin' - you're not in the woods.
- Now what was
really cool was tonight setting it up again and
just relaxing. I can't believe how nice it is to
look at a campfire, see the light from the flames
flickering off the tent...I am just
MILES away from home. It's the most relaxing
thing I can remember and I just can't believe how
much I can trick myself into feeling I'm
somewhere else. I've been thinking about it and
I guess it's because, well I haven't had a stress
free "vacation"...ever. Everything is compounded with
so much stress that it may be an experience, but it's
anything but relaxing. Japan was fucking crazy...
Storybook Inn with Jess had moments of peacefulness
but moments of DESPAIR as well. Every trip home is
stressful... I don't know, it's just nice to sit
around a campfire, roast marshmallows and
- I really felt
the need to let you all know that the hurricane stuff
is just a part of me. I can jump into it
and then leave it. My life right now?
Absolutely peaceful. What I wrote about in Smiley Girl
isn't over in the least. I am truly enjoying this
time off and breathing deep. Sleep when I'm tired, get
up when I'm not. Make movies, songs... Completely at
peace. This is what I'll do when I'm 80. The more
I tell myself I don't care about making it
the more it sinks in and the mellower I get.
Letting go of "The Journey" has been spiritual to say
- Anyway - gotta go
pick up McCartney's new album.
- PS - The
was meant to show me setting up the fire and having it
ready for Cassi to surprise her when she got off work.
Unfortunately the only surprise was that I was
sitting on this computer editing the movie of
making the fire and there was no fire in sight when
she walked in. LOL. Welcome to life with