It Was on Fire When I Got Here

Christmas trees burning on Ocean Beach

it was on fire when I got hereAs I stood on one side of the street, a cadre of Christmas tree bearing revellers trotted across the street, passing the ranger’s police car. He came on the PA and meekly said “Put those trees down, we’re going to be arresting people real soon.” The last two words trailed off in that “I wish it were true” tone of voice. He might as well have ended with upspeak. I’m sad that I’m the only person that heard him say it. Corey was in with the cadre and he only heard the first half of the plea, taking the tree I gave him over the hill to the already raging bonfire.

I want to thank Michael Prados for the beer, Jon for the happy wave, Jean and Ben for the conversation, Corey for his blatent disregard for the law, Rick for his balancing tree act and Charlotte for everything.


  1. […] night I reported how “it was on fire when I got here“. Well today, I get to report how my neighbor’s apartment caught on fire, nearly […]

  2. !Rick! says:

    I balanced a Christmas tree on my head!

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