The Real Housewife of Claycord – Every Thursday at 2:17pm on Claycord.com
What a week of “h-e-double-hockey-sticks” it’s been at the mall this week.
As many of you might remember, I have a part-time job at the mall, pretty much just to pay for the PG&E bill at our house.
The mall has a lot of things I could talk about during the holiday season, but I won’t, because there’s only one thing I would like to focus on….the deadly plane crash that happened on December 23, 1985.
The Real Housewife of Claycord was only a housewife in training back in 1985. I was nine years old, and I happened to be at the mall with my Dad that night.
We had just walked away from Macy’s near the old fountain in the middle of the mall when the plane struck. I can remember hearing a loud crunching sound, followed by an extreme feeling of heat and then very loud screaming. I don’t remember much from that horrible night, but what I do remember is the worst thing I’ve ever witnessed.
One man, who had severe burns all over his upper body, fell into the fountain and was immediately pulled out by my dad. I could remember what looked like steam coming off the man’s body. My Dad, fearing for my safety, then grabbed me and ran as fast as he could. We made it home that night and my Dad cried for the next three days straight. Looking back at it now, he was probably in shock. He talks about it now, but also has a hard time remembering things, probably because he blocked it out. Every year since the plane crash, we all go back to the center-court of the mall, and as a family, say a little prayer for the victims and their families.
This time of year is hard to deal with tragedy. Whether it’s losing somebody to AIDS, cancer, a shooting, a plane crash, a car crash, or some other horrible incident, no family should have to deal with that during what’s supposed to be such a happy time of the year.
Please honor those who lost their lives this year, and remember their families. Take a moment out of your busy schedule, and when you’re having a happy moment this holiday season, set aside a second to remember those who are no longer with us.
I know Mr. Mayor always posts a story about the anniversary of the plane crash, but I would also like to remember those who died at the Sunvalley Mall on December 23, 1985.
Here are their names:
- 67-year-old James Graham
- 23-year-old Brian Oliver
- 48-year-old John Lewis
- 22-year-old Pamela Stanford
- 49-year-old Chandrika Shah
- 45-year-old Patricia Larson
- 14-month-old Alexander Luong
Please remember at least one of their names this holiday and include them in your thoughts & prayers. Thank you so much.
A few things I saw (and heard) around Claycord this week:
- Caffino is open once again on Treat Boulevard. I talked to the manager and she said they have a new owner. Yay!
- Why is the ATM machine taking so long to complete in Dianda Plaza? They have been working on that thing for months now.
- I chatted with an employee of El Torito the other day, he said they are expecting to close the restaurant sometime in the next two months. So sad. As Mr. Mayor reported, it will be demolished and turned into a new restaurant called the Lazy Dog Cafe.
- I LOVE downtown Pleasant Hill. It is so beautiful. That’s it, check out Downtown Pleasant Hill if you haven’t had a chance, they really did a nice job with the lights this year.
The Real Housewife of Claycord Housetip of the Week:
- To keep your house warm at night, turn on the heat! But also, put a rolled up towel at the bottom of your front & back door to keep the heat in and the cold out. It works, believe me!
That’s it for this week.
I hope you all have a wonderful week, see you next Thursday at 2:17pm!
It’s time for me to go make a pie!
This week, it’s a Rhubarb Cream Pie! Yum Yum Yum. Here’s the recipe. Enjoy the ‘barb!
Love you all, and I am SO happy to be back!
The Real Housewife of Claycord xxoo