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CA ? and a Fireplace warning for parents!

December 6th, 2008 at 03:24 pm

My dad is wanting me to come up with ideas of what I'd like to do when I'm out in the Loma Linda area. I'll be there from Christmas day till the 6th of January.

What I'd LIKE to do is just hang out, relax, read books, watch backed up programs on my Tivo, maybe catch a couple movies in the theater, spend time doing ChaCha, work on decluttering and doing some real cleaning of my apartment . . . But most of that I can't do since I'll be in CA, and not home. Also, most of it probably I can't really do either because it could kind of be rude to go all the way out there, and then just kind of veg on my own -reading, ChaCha'ing, tv, etc.

So . . only thing I've thought of so far is maybe Disneyland. I haven't been there since I was around 12 or so. But that is kind of on the expensive side - although my dad did mention Knotsberry Farms.

How far is Hearst Castle from Loma Linda?

Taking into consideration that it will be a party of 3 most of the time - an 88 yo, a 64 yo, and a 33 yo -- what are some free, cheap, and or inexpensive things to do in that area of CA? (Loma Linda/Los Angeles) -- I have tried to see if there are any 5k races in that area while I'll be there, but I haven't come across anything yet. Frown

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Today at church I heard a horrifying story. This particular couple has gone through the wringer several times. First, the wife survived cancer. Then, miracle of miracles, she gets pregnant. They have a healthy baby boy. A few months later, she gets cancer again. Beats it again. Shortly before baby is born, hubby is laid off from big money job. Finds a new job a week before baby is born.

Now for the latest. Two weeks ago mom picks nearly 1 year old up from daycare. She sets him down for a minute while doing something. Next thing she knows, he is not where she left him.

She finds him in their living room where the fireplace is. Apparentally whoever owned their house before had not screwed the glass covering in front of their gas powered fireplace tightly.

Mom finds baby with hands on the glass fireplace cover, and the glass INTACT but leaning into the fireplace against the turned on gas fire. When she picks him up to get him off the glass, skin layers tear.

Long story short - It is a miracle the glass did not break. If it had, the baby would be dead. Even so, he had BAD burns on both hands, but especially his right hand. He also has burns on his face and one side of his body.

Nearly two weeks after this incident occurred, he is running and laughing and playing again. But his right hand is missing a lot of skin still, and he'll have to have surgeries to correct the burn injuries.

CHECK YOUR FIREPLACE COVERS!

5 Responses to “CA ? and a Fireplace warning for parents!”

  1. Koppur Says:

    Oh, the poor kid!!

  2. Blue Eyes Says:

    Oh my...how sad! I was wondering if you were still doing ChaCha.

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Koppur,

    I know. It's a really sad situation all around, but thankfully he is still alive.

    Blue Eyes,

    Yep, I'm still doing ChaCha. No comment on speed of queries. Big Grin Let's just say that I'm *barely* going to squeak by with my goal of at least $100 on this month. I may have gotten my mini-laptop too soon. Frown

  4. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Boy, that poor family!! I sure hope the little guy makes a full recovery.

    I have been to Disny, Knotts and Hearst Castle. Is te 88 yo capable of walking long distance? Or will they be in a wheelchair? All three require long walks. But all 3 are fun and/or interesting.

    There is ALOT of fun things to do in So Cal. Downtown disney is a shopping mall that has some fun shops/restaurants. Griffith Park Observatory was pretty cool for star gazers. Not really sure what is close to Loma Linda...

    In any case, spend some down time. If you are anything like me...downtime has to be made whenever I can fit it in!!

    Hav fun!

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks Ray,
    My grandma (88yo) doesn't need a wheelchair - but I'm not sure if she'd be up to a lot of walking. Good point.

    Other than a visit to the beach . . . I'm not really sure of what I'd like to do (other than vegging out too.)

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