I’m not sure if any of you who are in California are following, or anywhere else for that matter, but the nearby hills of Chatsworth has been on fire for about 3 days now.

I got a voicemail from a friend on Wednesday saying that the 118 Freeway was closed. That’s pretty close to where I live. I figured eh…118 or 405..doesnt really matter. Those two freeways have been the death of me for the past year. There’s always something going on.

Later that night, I got a call from Incog saying that the hills by his job were on fire..and that they’d been watching the fires since about 2pm that day. He asked me if I wanted to come out and see. It was about 9pm, so I figured, why not? I’ve never seen a fire before.

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Chatsworth is a REALLY nice area. If you continue up into the hills, there are some REALLY beautiful/massive homes. Homes in the area start at about $500,000 and work their way up to the high Millions of dollars. I feel blessed to be able to live even 10 minutes away.

As we drove through the streets towards Chatsworth, we realized that there were a lot of people who had the same thoughts we did. They were driving around the hills watching the hills. It was quite spectacular, and yet…a reality check all the same. Outside, you could see people standing in front of their homes praying that the fire would not reach them. You could see the look of horror on their faces. It was a flashback of the 2003 Chatsworth Fires. Only this one seemed much larger and much faster. There were those who were watching about 2 miles away, using binoculars. When the night sky is lit up like that, everyone wants to have a front row seat. Policeman were blocking off streets to keep people from driving up too far and too close to the front lines.

Do you think it’s a coincidence that there are now Hurricanes and Fires? I don’t….I think God’s trying to make a statement. But I think his statement will reach different people in different ways.

I question the REAL value of homes in California. Property values have been skyrocketing since 2003. There was the great “I want to be a real estate agent” boom. I remember a lot of acquaintances saying that they were going to be getting their licenses. It’s never been my thing…sales. I guess I’m wondering if it’s really worth it to stay in California with property values rising all over the place.

The “American Dream” of having a home with a picket fence and sending your children to private school is looking bleak. Or is that just MY “American Dream”. Maybe I’ll have a really nice home and just send my children to public school since it’ll be cheaper. Or maybe I’ll rent a home, and send my children to private school and splurge once they get to college.

It seems like thoughts like this should wait…but…there’s hurricanes and fires happening here folks. Excuse me for being a little concerned about my future and the future of my offspring.

As we headed towards the roof of the mall parking lot, with every turn, i started to think more and more. By the time we had reached the top, thoughts were flying through my mind as if racing the fires that were speeding 5 miles away.

I have to PASS this GRE with flying colors.

Because if I dont, I wont be able to get into the grad school, i wont be able to earn my masters, and I wont be able to get a good job. If I dont get a good job, then I wont be able to put my kids through private school, and if I cant put my kids through private school…I DAMN sure wont be able to pay for that home on the hill…you know, the one that will be engulfed with all of the flames?

I woke up this morning to tons of ASH and debris on my car. It’s hard to breathe, and they’ve issued a health warning for chatsworth and the surrounding cities. The freeway smells like….Fire, and Fumes, and the color of the smog happens to be DARKER than normal.

I hope and pray that many of the people in Chatsworth who are living THEIR American Dream wont be affected by the spreading fires. I hope that my friend who is a firefighter, will be safe and remember to call on the Lord for guidance and awareness.

Have a Blessed Weekend you guys…

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