The Ca Quake

The quake was centered almost exactly where my summer house is (Cambria, CA); I am in Las Vegas at the moment, and I haven’t reached any of my friends (or my contractor) yet, but one good sign: I called the house, and my answering machine picked up, which means the power is still on to the house and it probably hasn’t fallen over or slid down the hill. I did hear on the news that some wineries have had barrels fall over; the wineries there typically and follishly stack barrels to the roof. Updates to come. . .

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