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March 28, 2017 If the van is a'rockin........

go ahead and knock, it's just an earthquake. Here's what I copied from this morning from

Borrego Springs has had (magnitude 1.5 or greater)

2 earthquakes in the past 24 hours

20 earthquakes in the past 7 days

85 earthquakes in the past 30 days

1,143 earthquakes in the past 365 days

You would think with all this activity that I would have felt more than one of them, wouldn't you? And that one was no big deal, I just happened to notice the table was shaking a little. There have been some bigger quakes here, a 5.2 last June and a 6.6 in 1968. When you sit on a potentially dangerous fault like the San Jacinto, I guess you learn to take it in stride. Here's how some locals reacted to a 5.1 quake in 2001 according to the Union Tribune:

Jeff Fultz, a blackjack dealer at the Cahuilla Creek Casino in Anza, stood at his table with three players as air-conditioning ducts rattled and creaked above his head. Fultz said he wasn't about to abandon $2,500 in chips set out in front of him. "I stood there and rode it out," he said. "We were in the middle of a hand."

In Borrego Springs, some residents were roused from sleep, while others were about to drift off as the temblor shook the desert peace. Rosemary Fey was about to retire when the quake rattled her trailer home, which sits on jacks. "I was just sitting there, watching the TV to make sure it wasn't going to fall over," Fey said.

Those people definitely have their priorities straight.

Besides not worrying about earthquakes I am spending my remaining few days here wandering in the desert, playing tennis and walking into town. Yesterday I visited a couple of real estate offices to ask about renting a condo or casita next winter for two or three months. As much as I love Wanda she is a little small in the long term but she might have to do, because it seems BS has been discovered. Damn wildflower publicity! There are no 1-BR places available, most of the 2-BR places are booked, and whatever is not booked is very expensive, as in over $3,000 a month. Nope, not happening.

I will begin my journey home on Friday and will be back in Pueblo West by the 5th of April. Borrego Springs is a special little town and I always enjoy my time here. But, like Dorothy told Toto, “There's No Place Like Home”.

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