All I can say is, thank goodness I don’t live in:
American Samoa, Indonesia, New Orleans, Haiti, or Chile.
Or Hilo in 1960.
I’ve become quite accustomed to my island in its not-topsy-turvy state, and I was just fine with not having an 8 foot tidal surge sweep through my living room, thank you. I’m also quite accustomed to having floors that do not fall out from under me or grounds that shake.
What I’m not accustomed to is the whine of people who complain about the inconvenience that the evacuation caused. I have zero patience for that. I had perfect clarity in establishing what was important and I was completely able to leave 99.9% of my material possessions behind. We woke up at 4 am and finished putting together our emergency packs, rolled up the rugs, and got most stuff off the ground. I was personally fine with knowing that I would definitely survive a possible natural disaster because I was given 7 hours warning. This is my 3rd warning about natural disaster while living in Hawaii, and 1 of those did follow through with water.
The whole episode reminds me of that Jim Gaffigan routine where he’s explaining how people in an airplane should be screaming for joy every second of the ride because, people, you’re flying through the air at hundreds of miles an hour in a freaking PLANE! Instead they are complaining about not being able to access wireless internet at 20000 feet.
Please conk me over the head and drag me back to the mainland if I even once become jaded about tsunami warnings. Please.
The scariest part of my day was driving up past scrambling hills. I had no idea a CRV could do such a thing.
We spent a very pleasant few hours up at Needles campsite, and Amaya loved every moment of it. She ran wild with the other 3-year-old up there, and Jake and I parked ourselves in perfect view of the point. We ate leftover pizza, chatted with the other evacuees, listened to Perry and Price on the radio, and read our books without one mosquito in sight. The temperature was a perfect 72 degrees with a slight breeze.
Thank goodness for modern technologies like tsunami warning systems. Without it, I would have no reason to feel entitled to my life. Inconveniences and all.