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Saga of my sister [Mar. 30th, 2004|12:52 pm]
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Man, when it rains it hurricanes. Got an email from Mom this morning; they are running a bunch of tests on Kris today, so with luck they will either have an idea by tomorrow or know that they are out of their depth and transport her soon. But as if that weren't enough, here's the rest of the email:

Now for the rest of the story, yesterday Josh [Kristi's high-school-aged son] had track practice and then on to baseball practice right after track but for some reason he felt he needed to go home and check things, when he got there someone had set the field on fire, their shed was burning along with the van they had been given for parts and the Subaru that I gave Josh, it destroyed everything there, his three dirt bikes, his two go carts, his 2 atv, (he had been given a bunch of stuff and was working it to run) plus, he worked last summer for his dirt bike, they lost the pool table, trampoline, both lawn mowers, there new one and one we gave them, all of their garden tools, gas tanks and a washer and dryer that belonged in the house that the landlady said to put out there to store, he moved Jon's pickup as it was catching fire and saved it, the van was scorched and Josh fought the fire with a hose that he had happen to have out to wash the car and the lady across the street came and helped him until the fire department came. The first thing they said was well it came from your burning barrell and Josh said oh no, no one has been home for two weeks, my mom is in hospital and nobody has burned here. The people across the street and down from them said they saw the fire but figured someone was burning the field so did not call it in. Anyway doesn't it just sound like their luck. Thank God Josh had that feeling for if he had not gone home they would have lost everything and like Kristi said all of your dad's paintings plus their family pictures and also thank God that Josh was not injured, he burned his arm moving the pickup but not too bad. The man who they think started the fire with back burning of logs he had to clear will not confess to doing it and I think they should investigate and that is today's story.


I haven't even bothered to ask if they have renter's insurance, because of course the answer will be no - they wouldn't even have a telephone except Mom left her cel with them because she'd just signed a year-long contract.

2004 is not treating them very well....

[User Picture]From: batshua
2004-03-30 06:22 pm (UTC)
At least everyone is alive. But yes, that sucks mightily. :(
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-03-30 06:39 pm (UTC)
When I talked to my sister she was focusing on thta - they didn't lose the house, no one was injured. It's still one more burden to face, though.
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[User Picture]From: call_me_harmony
2004-03-30 06:44 pm (UTC)
Boy she is having a bad year. I will send positive energy her way if that is acceptable to.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-03-30 06:46 pm (UTC)
Definitely acceptable. Encouraged, in fact. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: just_carrie
2004-03-30 06:53 pm (UTC)
Things are things. I am glad no one was seriously injured. I lost my aunt Madonna to a house fire several years ago. She lived alone out in the desert and the fire had already burnt out before my cousin found her. He had tried to call for a week and could never get through so he drove out there to find smoking ruins.

She was a great lady.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-03-30 06:59 pm (UTC)
Very true; stuff is just stuff, and her health is much more important and we feel very fortunate that Josh didn't get injured fighting the fire.

But it's still a pain in the ass....
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[User Picture]From: just_carrie
2004-03-30 07:03 pm (UTC)
Oh I know! It totally sucks having to rebuild after a catastrophe. I am just glad no one was hurt. And hopeully this year will turn around for her.
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[User Picture]From: danmaxilxxxviii
2004-03-30 09:06 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that. At least nobody was hurt.
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[User Picture]From: apostate_96
2004-03-30 09:16 pm (UTC)
I'd have to agree with all the comments so far, both that it sucks having to deal with that and also that they got really lucky Josh came home when he did. Almost needless to say, the prayers 'n' positive thoughts will continue unabated.

The only two new things I can add are that:
1) This kind of thing can be "character-building" (the dreaded phrase from my Catholic youth); and
2) Maybe now 2004 will go better as it's been "pre-disastered" (a term borrowed from THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP). One can certainly hope.
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[User Picture]From: redherring
2004-03-30 09:35 pm (UTC)
I'm a fairly firm believer that everything balances out in the end. If this is true, someone owes them one hell of a payback. I'm so sorry the powers-that-be seem united against your sister and her family. Hopefully they'll catch a break soon.
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[User Picture]From: salix_03
2004-03-31 02:35 am (UTC)
Wish I could say something to help hon. Know that I'm thinking of you and yours, and that I'm sorry I cant -do- anything for you. Love, hugs and energy on their way.
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From: random123
2004-03-31 01:26 pm (UTC)
Dagnabit! It seems like March is just turning int the worst of times for a lot of folks.

I'm sorry I wasn't able to contribute anything much the other day, but I have been sending good vibes your way.

I hope the bat rastard that caused the fire pays for his actions, but man, Josh has got to be crushed to have lost his car and the bikes and all the rest.

Y'know, if the house itself had burnt down, I could send them books or dishes or something to replace their losses, but unfortunately I don't keep spare cars and such in my back pocket.

All I can think is that they're either storing up beaucoup karma points for thier next life, or they were some of the worst of the worst and are working off their bad karma debt.

Kristi seems to be keeping a good atitude about it, and that's the most important thing. When my mother got sick with her cancer and I quit my job to stay home to look after her pre/post-op, she was given a 15% chance of surviving, but she always had the best of attitudes about it, and here we are more than 10 years later.

Kristis got the battle of even figuring out what exactly is ailing her, but if she can keep up the attitude, and if the Universe will quit using her as its own private dumping ground, she's got a fighting chance to make it past this unscathed.

Either way it's not fair, and I'll be sure to keep them even more in my thoughts.
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From: random123
2004-03-31 01:36 pm (UTC)
I also wanted to say, but forgot, that if there is anything more concrete that I could do, all you need do is ask.

I know it's not much, but it's the best I can do.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-03-31 01:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks. That is really sweet.
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From: random123
2004-03-31 05:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, you're welcome.

It's my high sugar intake that does it. :-)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-03-31 05:20 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-03-31 01:42 pm (UTC)
The gratitude we all have that the house did not burn is huge. In the last years of his life my dad took up oil painting and did some beautiful work, and Kristi has many of his paintings, completely irreplaceable. There would have been much family heartbreak over that.

But yeah, I'm sure Josh is really torn up. A lot of the dirt bikes were junk he'd been given and got running again all by himself, and now it's all gone.
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