That was not cool.
J.R.'s mom (and our daughter), Patricia, was at work at Characters' Corner, a restaurant on Steamboat Island Road, 10 miles northwest of Olympia.
She was talking to newlyweds who had a romantic story to tell. They had dated in their youth but got separated during World War II.
The 80-something groom said, "I searched until I found her."
"What took you so long?" asked Patricia just as the tectonic plates collided.
"Wow!" Patricia said after the 6.8 temblor subsided, "You sure made the earth move for her."
That was cool.
After the quake, there were reports of injuries at the high school. The phones weren't working. Patricia left work to go to the high school to check on J.R.
It took three hours to get there. Before she could make the return trip, emergency officials closed the northbound lanes of Highway 101.
That was not cool. Or maybe it was.
QUESTION: It's been a tradition to post flags in Calexico in the downtown area on patriotic holidays. Why do they take the flags down on the same day when the sun goes down? Why not wait until the next day to show more respect for the holiday? — Patriotic, Calexico
Leaving a flag flying in the dark is considered disrespectful of the flag. You can leave the flag up at night only if you have it illuminated by lights.
EVERYTHING WE COULD — We did everything we could for that young man. We help the mentally ill, the homeless but when you're threatened with a gun, you don't fool around.
The church, not the pastor, decided to get the restraining order. — Central Baptist, El Centro
Isn't it possible everybody overreacted to the situation?
It is our understanding that there were no threats until the young man was asked into the pastor's office where he was out-numbered four to one. The pastor said he asked three men to be there as witnesses.
Under such circumstances, almost anybody would lose his cool and become belligerent.