Living in kind of a remote spot, high in the Santa Cruz mountains my place is exceptionally vulnerable to all sorts of natural disasters, namely Fire and Earthquakes. Based on the encouragement of my neighbors I decided to take the US Government Citizen Corps CERT, Community Emergency Response Team training taught by Glen Owens at the Scotts Valley Fire department.
Though much longer then I expected, five days in the classroom plus field exercises I am glad I took this emergency response training. And its cool to be a CERT team member!
On Tuesday as I was driving home from work, a police car came screaming by, jumped the lane divider and continued swerving through traffic at a very high speed. “That’s not normal,” I thought. And it wasn’t. It was an awful tragedy.
It really is time to get serious about Gun Control, background checks, magazine and ammunition limits. This should not have happened. Does this type of gross violence need to happen in every small town in American to get us to take action? Then it would be too late.
On Saturday we watched huge sets of waves barrel down Steamer Lane, three at a time, at eight or nine minute intervals. Stirred up by far off shore winter storms, these waves have traveled days and thousands of miles to reach Santa Cruz. There is no doubt about it, you have a to be one tough and brave surfer to take on these fast, powerful and unforgiving giants.
You also have to be fearless as Santa Cruz has one of the largest Great White shark populations on the planet. Thankfully even with a recent increase in White shark populations post fishing bans, very few surfers get bit, considering the numbers in the water every day.