Monday, February 19, 2007

Dodging Disaster

First of all, I am not trying in any way to down-play these events. With that said . . .

Trouble seems to be following me around everywhere lately. To start things off, we missed the Orlando tornado by 2 days (read about it here) arriving in Florida on February 4th.
We returned from Florida Sunday February 11th. The following day (Monday), when I should have been completely exhausted from our trip, I packed my kids up in the car and we went to SLC to visit Kako and cousins and return some curtains at the Pottery Barn Kids in Trolley Square. Just hours later (when we were fortunately back home), the shootings occurred right where we had been shopping. You can read more on the Trolley Square shootings here.
Then comes Saturday (2 days ago). At around 10:30 AM, a neighbor called me and said to get my kids in the basement because police officers were outside dealing with a suicide attempt. While the kids watched a movie in our basement, Noah and I watched from our bay window as police officers with sniper rifles used Noah's truck as a shield. About 15 minutes later, an officer came to our door and told us to get our kids and leave the house immediately. So, without contacts, makeup or a comb to brush my hair, we loaded the kids in the car and drove a block away to see what was going on. An hour or so into this, a bomb squad (and their robot--see above picture), a swat team, ambulances, fire trucks and the media arrived. Apparently the man wishing to kill himself wanted to go out with a bang--he claimed to have 7 lbs of C-4 and after finding out that he had a criminal record using explosives, the police were taking this seriously. After about 7 hours, the man surrendered and is now in jail.

We're so glad we moved to a neighborhood so much safer than our last one!

For more information on the bomb scare and to see Noah and Kaila (with out makeup, or combed hair) on the news, go to this link.

7 comments:

older singer said...

Moral of the story: It doesn't matter where the Lifferths live. They'll always be one breath away from danger.
Comes with the territory.
I have thought back to how close you came to being at Trolley Square when the massacre happened. It gives me chills whenever I think of it.

ML said...

I DIDN'T KNOW YOU HAD BEEN AT TROLLEY SQUARE!!?!

Factotum said...

It also makes me glad we didn't give Alex the middle name of Dangerfield (it's a family name), then we would just be asking for it!

Henry Parents said...

Wow, that is chilling - I didn't know about the T. Sq. shootings. Glad all of you are safe, there are a lot of troubled people in the world.

Bruce Young said...

The one good side of the neighborhood bomb scare is that the Lifferths got to spend the afternoon with us. And Noah got to take his exam (3 1/2 hours later than planned) without the benefit of the studying he'd planned to do that morning--but I'm sure he did great.

By the way, our neighborhood has never had a bomb scare, as far as I know, but we've had some fires. Were you (Kaila) still living there when the Shelleys' house burned down?

Factotum said...

Bruce: I was living there--Adrea was also there when it happened--good times.

Zachary said...

Wow...Utah just isn't the same anymore. Sure am glad I moved somewhere safe like California. We have Jack Bauer to protect us. I am very glad that you are all safe. I still can't believe it.