NO! Anything but that!
In my first year high school Spanish class the textbook had a tale of the formation of Parícutin, a volcano that very suddenly formed about 200 miles from Mexico City on February 22, 1943. It started as a smoking crevasse in a farmer’s cornfield; as he watched it formed a ridge as tall as he was, still spouting volcanic gasses. The cornfield didn’t last long and within a decade the whole area was dominated by the cinder cone.
Yes, but I think only dogs and humans make grunting noises while doing it.
Ain’t it grand?
It is sobering to realize this strip was written shortly before Ian was born.
I can tell you that in the electric power world Florida Power and Light is respected for their ability to restore power after hurricanes. Major electric utilities send crews and their equipment – sometimes materials, too – to disaster areas, so they know firsthand how well the locals are prepared.
We had a bit over 40 inches one day in December 2020, and that was in Arizona! Well, Flagstaff is in Arizona.
Many here recall the incident 4 1/2 years ago when an unidentified person poisoned three of our dogs with antifreeze (one survived) and two days later someone entered the house, poured a couple of gallons of diesel on the floors with special attention to the hall and exits, then set a roll of paper towels on fire in the kitchen.
We had suspicions about the man who lived directly across the street, but he confirmed them when we were having a friendly conversation last year. He asked what had become of the investigation, and I said the detective had a good suspect. He smirked and said “But they need proof.” Huh. I lied then: “They say proof isn’t a problem.” His face fell into the most stricken look I have ever seen and he rushed away; I only glimpsed him once a few days after that. Within 2 weeks there was a realtor sign in front of the house and a month after that new neighbors were moving in. What a coincidence!
That is my wife’s dream (not mine) and I have to remind her that not having neighbors means being much more vulnerable to major medical emergencies.
When our live-in son had an aortic dissection a handful of years ago he would not have survived without a Level 1 trauma center a few miles away. The surgeon said, after the surgery, that 80% of people with a tear in that area do not live long enough to call 911.
The market estimate of our home – bought 21 years ago – was as much as half a million dollars more than what we paid for it. That has dropped $100K in the past year, but it will always change.
It is likely I will be the last survivor of this branch of the family. By then the pets will have died off and I will sell the house at the first upswing, renting an apartment from there on. My heirs should not have to deal with the hassles of selling a home.