There was an earthquake in Colorado, then the Virginia/New York/D.C. area. And of course, you have the Christians going "God's trying to tell us something" and the hippies going "And no one wanted to listen to Al Gore" and me going "Damn, am I sure I want to move to Cali?!"
I tried to explain what an Earthquake was to my 4 year old daughter and she said "that sounds scary". I didn't tell her the amount of destruction it could cause, I just told her about the floor moving and knocking things over. I guess that's all she needs to know. No point in giving the child nightmares. I figure that I should at least semi-prepare her, considering I was looking up schools in L.A. and there's a "Earthquake Preparedness Kit" fee for enrolling them in school! But in the suburbs of Chicago, where we currently live, when she was in daycare while I was in beauty school, they had "tornado drills". Eh, same thing. Both cause destruction. Both terrifying. But I'm not going to let Earthquakes, mud slides, or any other scary force of nature or man-made crapola scare me out of moving there. That's the dream.
Los Angeles has been the dream since I was like 15. Maybe younger! The bestie and I used to talk about how we were going to move to L.A., get famous, and marry Leonardo Dicaprio and Matt Damon. Then we did the college thing, got married to other dudes, and 5 kids later (between the two of us, obviously) we're embarking on "the dream". She's already out there, and all I can do is plan until November 1st.
So in the meantime, I'm just trying to build this empire from here, in Illinois.
And wildfires. That's not going to keep me here either.