Thursday, November 28, 2002
Fire in the Kitchen
Weíve been having weather and I love it.
We donít get weather much in southern California and when it comes, I
really savor the moments. Admittedly weíre weather wimps in this part of
the country. A few hours of drizzle and the media is on the streets
filming traffic accidents while the perky weather girl describes the
torrential 3 tenths of an inch of moisture that drooled over the last 24
This time we got drizzle with high winds
causing the power to be off for 7 hours. It gave me a chance to practice
using my earthquake/disaster kit that we keep stashed in the shed. All I
really needed to do was heat up some water for coffee but, as expected,
things didnít go smoothly. I consider myself an experienced backpacker so
it should have been a small job firing up the camping stove and sticking a
pot on the burner. Instead it turned into a ďsituation comedyĒ clichť
complete with a small fire on the kitchen counter and flaming napkins
tossed in the sink. No real harm done though I could probably use some
training at one of those survivalist seminars.
Iím still working on town hall paperwork and though I donít mind, itís
been interesting watching the dynamics that are involved with small town
volunteer work. I agreed to do the newsletter and
website but somehow ended up managing the membership records as well.
I'm doing that by creating a Microsoft Access data base and manually
entering all 337 members. All I had was a printed copy of the membership
records so I stuck on the new Bruce Springsteen album and copied the whole
list. Gotta get one of those ergonomic keyboards; my right wrist is
throbbing this morning. Iím not a skilled typist so it took about 4
listenings of the album to complete the job. Jerry, the well meaning town
hall president, has lofty ambitions about increasing the membership so he
also provided a 27 page listing of the local voting precincts. Iíll be
adding those names to the mailing list over the next few weeks.
Today we had Thanksgiving dinner with
Sheila and my nieces and nephews. It's become the only regular family
gathering for members on my side of the family. Catherine & I really enjoy
it though I wish I could spend more time talking to Sheila. As the
hostess, she's too busy taking care of everybody.
Catherine and I don't have children so
it's fun listening to all the kids swapping stories around the table.
I guess we're the quiet ones at the party.