Point of view
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, It's about learning to dance in the rain.
Where is this quote from?
Brought to mind by the recent wildfires in coastal southern California. Floods, earthquakes, and wildfires are a natural part of living in southern California. Much of the Los Angeles basin is a flood plain. Folk here are largely unaware of the massive system of dams, channels and drains put in place decades ago. When heavy rains come, huge volumes of water are quietly channelled into the ocean, unnoticed by most.
We have seen earthquakes here cause a few cracked buildings and minor injury - that elsewhere might level an entire city. The earthquake standards for buildings do largely work.
Wildfires burning around communities here - built in the 1980's and 90's - passed through causing essentially no damage. The surrounding buffer zones - thinned, landscaped, and carefully maintained - did exactly what they were meant to do.
The story further south, in San Diego, is different.