Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Ring of Fire

My middle kid is a college student in Seattle. She graciously agreed to spend the summer in the land of ridiculously hot. One night she started researching The Ring of Fire with the statistical probability of earthquake, volcano and tsunami.   

During my early academic years, the elementary school safety protocol consisted of two options. First, fire drills, which have gone through little update since the installation of sprinkler systems and non-locking emergency doors and second, everything else. 

Earthquake, hurricane, thermonuclear fallout and swarms of killer bees were all countered by cowering under a desk. 

Being a kid of high anxiety, I spent a disproportional amount of time concerned with survival. 

If that wasn't enough, we were told by older kids (who, I believe, were genuinely concerned for our eternal well being) about the upcoming Rapture, Armageddon and Apocalypse. Evidently, the Four Horsemen were not thwarted by school desks. 

So, to return to my kid's concern with the ramification of plate tectonics, probably valid and some level of preparation would be wise. 

However, when looking at the per capita percentage of serial killers, in addition to an anti-natural-disaster-desk, I should get that kid a really good lock and some pepper spray. 

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