Mud flows (or slides) insurance comes (or goes) zero grows (more)


Tiger and nazy on way to market Jan 2018

What’s the difference between a mudslide and a mudflow? (If you think it doesn’t matter, ask your insurance company.) Is there a drawback to commuting to work on a boat? Hint: Think rough seas. When will the 101 freeway reopen? What is Tiger’s favorite number? How did Zero come to grips with being empty inside? How did Nazy’s hat attract the attention of the Department of Homeland Insecurity?

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extinguished, but muddy, fires slide; Tiger blocks and Arrow flies

Darius and Leandra and Christiane Jan 2018


First wild fires and then flash floods. So, who inverted the sequence? Why did Dan stock up on pesticide? (Hint: maybe pestilence is on the horizon.) What is more rare than water flowing in the ‘dry’ creek next to Dan and Nazy’s house? Is it possible for a three year old to construct a huge edifice out of blocks? The answer, of course is ‘yes’. More to the point, is it likely that said three year old will be able to resist knocking the construction apart? How did Arrow fly this weekend?
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sun sets on rocky labyrinth as front loaded cookies crumble


naz and arrow in kitchen Dec 20176

Who dismantles the rocky labyrinth so skillfully constructed by Mitra and Tiger (with his dump truck, excavator and front loader)? Hint: Think sibling rivalry. What clue tipped Dan off about Tiger’s help in the kitchen? Will this year’s ‘rainy’ season actually coincide with any precipitation at all? What is magical about the number 20?





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Bulldozers Bash the Ash with Advents, Rockets and Zebras

Dan and Nazy (XMAS best letter)


Did you know that the first White Christmas in Santa Barbara occurred in 2017? Did you know that White Ash doesn’t melt? Would you come to a Bash the Ash party? How did Tiger turn a shopping expedition to buy a present for Arrow into a negotiation with Dan? Did you see Vandenberg Air Force base’s holiday decoration? (It was spectacular, but didn’t stay in place very long.) Who’s favorite animal is the Zebra? And if you had a toy bulldozer, dump truck and a pliant Aunt taking you to Mission Park — what would you build?
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Merry Christmas from The Martin Family

family Nov 2017 2

2017 has been a year filled with Family Events of cosmological impact. For example, we validated the Big Bang theory and can predict an eventual Big Crunch. How did we do that? How would you cope with a new job, a new baby, a new home, a new country? What is a Tango Hatchery? What would you do when the view from your house — the beautiful mountains around Santa Barbara, turned smokey? Who would take his wife to Death Valley to celebrate her birthday? (Hint: It’s the same person who gave her a Shingles vaccination the year before.) Read More...
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Mandatory Fires Evacuate Christmas Cheer with Ashy Trees


nazy Dec 12 2017


If a fireman knocks at your door in the middle of a wildfire and tells you ‘I don’t want you to be alarmed’, what do you do? (Hint: I was alarmed. Especially alarmed when he told me that he had parked his fire truck in my driveway…and suggested that I leave said driveway open.) Why did it take 18 only minutes to shift our residence from ‘voluntary’ evacuation to ‘mandatory’ evacuation. If the evacuation zone ends on the South side of your street, and you live on the North size, can you evacuate by merely walking across the street? What do you do about Christmas if the local authorities won’t let you back in your house and credible medical advice recommends that you not bring a Christmas Tree home? Can Nazy come up with a way to restore Christmas Cheer, or is she more of a party girl?

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Ashes hanging out as fires cause mandatory evacuation

Darius and Leandra Dec 2017

How does anyone babysit a 1 year old Arrow and a 3 year Tiger old at the very same time? And will anyone be want to hang out with Dan after such an attempt? Who booked Nazy on an airplane with a 6:00AM departure? Was Darius able to find the airport early enough to drop her off? Who replaced Santa Barbara’s blue sky with soot filled ash? Why did hi happen while Nazy was gone? 200,000 acres is how many square miles? Why does it matter? Does anyone know the difference between a voluntary and a mandatory evacuation? Read More...
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