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Dear West Coast,

Please retract every single complaint you had about your recent "rainstorms" (and I use that term loosely). If you do not, I will force you to come here and shovel my driveway, plow my street, chip the ice off my windshield, and defrost my fingers after all the snow that's fallen this snowstorm (TWICE, since it's still coming down).

Thank you.

No love,


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Dec. 26th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
They may not be much compared to a Midwestern monsoon, but these rainstorms have caused flooding and landslides that have destroyed houses and killed people.

I don't mean to be a dick about it, but dude! Have some compassion, fer chrissakes.
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Dec. 26th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
After living through both snowstorms and flooding, and after having witnessed the aftermath of many landslides, I'll take snowstorms! A snowstorm may keep you house-bound for a while, but it's not going to wash your home out to sea, or smash it into flinders—and even if it does, it won't do all that plus kill you in the time it takes to draw one breath.

Yeah. Give me snowstorms any day over floods or landslides.
Dec. 26th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
Mildew, schmildew - my toes are numb! :P
Dec. 26th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
Wow, really? You really think I meant anything like that?
Dec. 27th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
No, of course you didn't. I apologize for the tone of my response. It's just that I know people who have lost their homes and pets to the flooding and landslides caused by this round of rains (which is the worst this region has had since the early '90's), and the tone of your post made it sound like you either didn't know or didn't care. I should have either realized that you weren't entirely serious or at the very least phrased my response differently. Please accept my apologies.
Dec. 26th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
How much snow has forcibly entered your house and car? Has it swept away any of your walls? Eroded your back yard? Sent your home down a cliff?

Yeah, the entire population of California sounds like whiny babies when it rains, but there's a small percentage who get a full pass to bitch about it. Check the credentials before you hand over the shovel.
Dec. 27th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
OK, wow, amazed you'd read that much into it. Did you really think I'd mean anything like that?
Dec. 27th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
I know we should be talking through our lawyers or something but it did really sound that way. it was very devastating out there to many people. and this did not have the usual wording or tone your more obvious snark does.
Dec. 31st, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
Ir reminds me of a comment made by an executive of my former employer, whose headquarters is in northern Virginia, during the fires in October 2007, in which the San Diego mayor urged businesses to stay closed and keep employees at home. He dismissed the fires in San Diego as a "bad snow day" which got on the nerves of many in the San Diego office, especially those whose houses were burned to the ground. I knew at least two coworkers who lost everything in their homes.

Homeowners insurance today contains exclusions for landslide damage. Homeowners in San Diego discover they have no coverage for this "peril" roughly every year. Flooding causes the most property damage in California, followed closely by earthquakes. San Diego's 2003 and 2007 wildfires were especially destructive.

San Diego may not have snow storms, but we do have:
* earthquakes (we have our faults)
* wildfires, and smokey haze
* severe storms, and water spouts (rare)
* flooding, and tsunamis (rare)
* landslides

A severe storm came through the county in the 1880s that would likely be characterized as a hurricane if it occurred today.

Volcanoes have not been reported in this area in historical time, but geologically recent eruptions have occurred close enough to make the risk non-zero. Rhyolites of Salton Buttes in Imperial County erupted as recently as 300 years ago.

For Stella and myself we suffered no personal or property damage and actually have welcomed the rain. Also, please have some compassion and understanding. Our low temperatures have been dropping into the 30s; we just aren't used to being so cold here! Burrr.

Happy New Year!
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