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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Forbes just came out with its most expensive zip code list. I noted that on the list were several Silicon Valley towns, including the one where my kids went to school, and where my good friends reside. One thing that was notably interesting about the list was that for the expensive zip in NY or Miami, you're getting a mansion with property. In Los Altos & Portola Valley, you're getting a pretty normal house. 4 bedrooms, two bath, often with dry rot and termite damage for $2.4 million plus. Stay with me now, because I know the prices seem ridiculous, but I don't know, call me crazy but for that kind of cash, shouldn't the foundation be in tact? Shouldn't it be away from the San Andreas Fault Line? You'd think so, wouldn't you?

But humans are interesting creatures. We'll live in earthquake country, pay for the privilege, imagining that it will never happen to us, that we our money will rescue us. After riding out the 1989 Loma Prieta quake, I really got a sense for God's power. He ain't playing, let me just say that. Look at the facts: FEMA can't fix things (Katrina's toll!). No humanitarian effort in the world can take away the pain in the Sudan. Pakistan still suffers from their devastating earthquake. It seems to me, God sends us a wake-up call quite regularly, and yet we as humans decide what is most valuable (according to Forbes) with no regards that money can't protect us. Now comes word there's a whole contingent of people who believe 9/11 was a government conspiracy, and that a missile tore into the Pentagon, not a plane. Um, even though everyone on that plane is dead, and the black box was found there. Is it any wonder people have trouble with faith in the Bible? It's so much easier to think, that too, was a conspiracy. Ah, the more I know humanity, the more I like my cat. : )
Kristin Billerbeck  
posted at 12:44 PM  
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At 1:07 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

The neighbor's cats keep mice away from my home, so they're welcome anytime.

Seriously, all of us, Christians or not, have short memory spans. We forget that RE & stock markets do crash, and that earthquakes cause shaken lives & cracked homes. Imagine not knowing that no matter what we face, we have a faithful God who loves us more than we know, and that He'll carry us through it all. I shudder to think of all those whose faith is rooted in theories that change by the hour.

At 1:26 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Like the most expensive zip codes, huh Julie? One little shake and sales plummet. Just interesting to think about.

At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Bethanie said...

that's very true. i'll have to remember that analogy!!! :)

At 4:00 PM, Anonymous maria lambertson said...

So are you trying to get us to move up there or what?? It won't happen any time soon I'm afraid (both sides of Grandparents are here) and the depressing thing is that we will have to look at our unlandscaped yard for more years that we had hoped. The guy wanted $70K total for front and back, just to remove the cement, put in some grass & re-do the driveway that is cracked by the last earthquake. All so the next earthquake can re-design everything again! You were smart to leave!


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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