Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Unreasonable fears

1. Spiders
2. Sirens
3. Santa Ana Winds (this one is new)

As many of you know, Southern California is on fire. I spent the day trying to joke one of my coworkers out of worrying about his house in Lake Arrowhead that may or may not still be standing and there was nothing he could do about it.

I'm not normally afraid of wind. Or any weather really. But just like a really loud clap of thunder, or a big big black dag getting a little too close to me, certain things can take me right back to being a little scaredy-cat third grader who was worried about pretty much anything big or loud. The Santa Ana's blew hard last night and they woke me up every few hours with a vague sense of panic. As if they were blowing in Armageddon or something. Even as I was leaving my office today I couldn't shake the feeling that there was something ominous in the smoky haze outside. It was nothing a little socializing and trying a new pumkin cookie recipe couldn't shake but here I am again, alone late at night with the winds raging outside my window.

I kind of wish my parent's room was down the hall.


CoCo said...

Like most major storms or forces of nature, a humble reminder of my own insignificance. After the pumpkin fairy run, I had a very strange (as in foreign) feeling walking the usual few blocks back to my house. Thinking of times I wish my parents room was down the hall, the song lyrics that without fail pop into my brain and (unfortunately) in full blown Neil Diamond surround sound are "turn on the hall lights, in the middle of a young boy's dream..." and yes, I know that the actual lyrics are turn on your heartlight, but to a young girl terrified of E.T., hall light sounded pretty comforting.

Miss Hass said...

I am afraid of really fierce thunderstorms and tornados--both of which are all too frequent around here.

After seeing the news, I'm starting to think that your fear of the Santa Ana winds might not be all that irrational...

Katie said...

What I've seen on the news has been terrifying.

linds said...

This is seriously like no storm I've ever seen before. Is it bad that I am somewhat fascinated by it? It is so so scary. Maybe I need some of your pumpkin chocolate chip cookies to get me through these next few days. Also, I might need the recipe. Hands down, my favorite kind of cookie!

f*bomb. said...

Unreasonable Fears I Really Have:
1) Coral
2) Mistletoe
3) Broken Glass

The Santa Ana Winds have proven their power to destroy. Almost a dozen friends of mine have had to evacuate at least once. They are real and they are violent and they are scary.
Your Fears=Justified.

MissEm said...

The SA winds always freaked me out too. It's just not natural for it to be warm at night on the coast of California.

k8 said...

i found this quote about the Santa Ana's

"Those hot dry winds that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen. ”
—Raymond Chandler

No wonder everyone here is feeling so weird.

ThomCarter said...

Do you have an evacuation plan? When do you need to plan to leave?

We are all very worried about the people out there.

What about the World Series? Take a look at my preview.

k8 said...

i should be clear, my home is in zero danger and neither is my office! it's just a sort of general feeling of weirdness that i've got right now!

Jayne said...

Your mother's room is always just down the ether hall, or the telecommunication hall.