Earth, Wind & Fire
Indio, California: I am somewhat surprised
(and happy) everyday that so many people find their way to this little website. I
assume most Readers end up here because they have reached the very dead-end-last
page of the interweb - and there I am.
But, wow, was I super surprised to learn Mother Nature Herownself reads
Remember yesterday when I was complaining about the constant dust storms and
wrote: Seriously, Mother Nature, we need to have a talk?
She heard me, and responded last evening with a brush fire and an earthquake.
Late afternoon, there was a
93-acre brush fire just south of the RV resort. No one was injured, no
structures were damaged, but the fire sure contributed to the poor air quality.
The 10mph "breeze" didn't help the fire fighters much either.
It was a smoky evening. We spent the evening outside, watching
the NCAA basketball tournament inside our covered pavilion. I prepared a healthy
vegetarian meal -
Warm Potato Salad with Arugula - except this time, I used sweet potato.
Oops, did I say "vegetarian" meal? I made a vegetarian meal.
My Driver grilled two teeny lamb chops... as garnish. (I marinated
the lamb chops in a paste of rosemary and mint from our herb
garden, lemon zest, garlic, salt, pepper and a little olive oil.)
Just after nine o'clock, we felt the 5.4 earthquake. Centered 90
miles west of us, it still really rocked us while seated on our patio chairs. A
few minutes later, we felt another little jolt. Much closer to the epicenter,
Lisa and Lenny really felt the rumbler in Los Angeles. (Little Leo was in his
bed, but still awake, and pulled the covers over his head. Is a toddler old
enough for an earthquake drill?) The earth has been moving for days around El
Habra (just east of LA), with hundreds of non-noticeable 1.2-ish quakes, and
since the 5.4 quake, the earth has moved more than 100 times today. So far.
Okay, Mother Nature. You win. I seriously do not want a flood or a plague of
locusts this week.
We tried to drive out to the burn site this afternoon. Fire
patrols were still scouting for hot spots, so the roads were closed to
curiosity-seekers. As long as we were out, we stopped at El Mexicali for lunch.
As I've written before, if we hadn't heard this was a great
place, we would have just continued to drive past
El Mexicali Cafe. It
resembles an old gas station, bus depot or maybe a tire repair facility. The
bathrooms can only be reached from outside, and El Mexicali sits about (what
feels like) 2 feet from the train tracks running behind the building. When a
train goes by, it feels like an earthquake. We've been here many times now and
the food is always good.
Burrito with green sauce
Combo Platter: taco, enchilada, chile rellano, rice & beans
Until my next update, I remain, your shaken, not stirred, correspondent.
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