Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Running Washes And Idiots Like Me

 March 22, 2023

   Rained most of the night last night and this morning we heard Cave Creek raging down the slope. At about 8:30 I got a call from Bev, up the creek, asking me if I heard all the sirens up on Rockaway Hills? So, Uno and I set off to investigate.

Uno: "Man, I enjoy this wet!"

   At the top of Rockaway Hills we spotted this scene down below:

A flooded Cave Creek wash and TV crews

   As we got closer we saw what everyone was gawking at:

   Apparently, two construction workers were swept away at Rockaway Hills and Cave Creek wash. I think they were rescued, while sitting on the hood.

"Don't pump the gas, I think it's flooded."

   I know what you're thinking: what kind of idiot would attempt to cross a flooded wash like this? Yes, I always thought the same thing until it happened to me. I was headed for Scottsdale in the wee hours of the morning to do a radio show when I came upon a flooding wash in the dark. I was in a 5,000 pound Land Cruiser, so I thought, I should be able to clear this easily. So, I put my coffee cup in the cup holder, put that big, bad boy in low and hit the gas. The first thing I noticed is that the headlights went under water. The second sensation I had was our hefty Cruiser going sideways in staggered jumps. Incredibly I made it to the other side and then I realized I couldn't go back through that, and I had seven more washes to cross before I made it the KSLX studio for my first newsscast at 6. Which I did. Yes, I was an idiot, but I have never called anyone on TV an idiot who gets caught in the same predicament ever again.

"If idiots could fly, the sky would be cloudy all day."

—Old Vaquero Saying

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