The Kenwood Press
: 09/01/2014

Village Chat

Ann Q. Peters

Terror n. 1. intense, overpowering fear. Terrify tr. v. 1. to fill with terror. Those two words seem to be the universal descriptors of the 6.0 earthquake that woke us all up at 3:20 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24. At first I thought there was a herd of animals running through the house, until my mind became lucid enough to realize that it was something even worse. It sounded like a freight train, and felt like a roller coaster. In retrospect, I should have tried to get out of bed and stand in the doorway, under the threshold. But the thought never crossed my mind. The next day I was in a fog of sleep deprivation combined with a heightened sense of alarm. This must be what post-traumatic stress feels like. I was at the farmer's market Sunday afternoon and about jumped out of my skin when a vendor dropped a box.

There are only three good things about experiencing a large earthquake. The first, of course, is not dying or having any physical or property damage. The second is hearing from so many people. We got phone calls and emails from people we haven't talked to in years! And the third good thing was that glass of wine the following evening. Boy, did that finally take the edge off!

Top: Siena, Greg and Mary Guerrazzi in Siena’s dorm room. Bottom, the Guerrazzis in 2001 (Siena’s on the left.)
Greg and Mary Guerrazzi and their daughters Siena and Gemma always enter our photo contest, Pictures with the Press. But not this year. Instead, Greg sent in a photo, after the deadline, of Siena moving into her freshman dorm at U.C. Berkeley. Siena now has a view of the Golden Gate Bridge from her window, quite a contrast from the view of Sonoma Mountain back in Glen Ellen. We thought it would be fun to take a little trip back in time, and found this picture of the Guerrazzis in Italy back in 2001. The only one who looks the same is Mary!

Baby Jazmyn Guzman
What's new at the Kenwood Post Office? Two pretty momentous events. Our Post Mistress Maria Molina is back from maternity leave after giving birth to her daughter Jazmyn six months ago. Maria actually came back to work after four months, but it took an extra two for her to send me a photo of Jazmyn! That's what being a working mom is like, folks.

Angelo Parisi and Erica Felton at their Aug. 16 wedding.
The other bit of P.O. news is that Angelo Parisi married his sweetheart Erica Felton on Aug. 16. The wedding was at John and Laura Benward's beautiful home, and the weather was perfect that day. Erica explained, “Well, as we all know Angelo works at the post office ... and I have an online business. So, we met over the postal counter. In fact our first date was at an open mic at the Kenwood depot and our second date was over margaritas at the Vineyards Inn followed by lunch at Citti Cafe. So, naturally getting married at Laura and John Benward's in Kenwood made sense.” Congratulations, Erica and Angelo!

Third graders Diego Garcia Ojeda and Vanessa Mercado (in pink) checked their classroom assignments on the first day of school at Dunbar.
School started last week. Dunbar Elementary School's first day was Aug. 18 and Kenwood's was Aug. 20. Intrepid reporter Alec Peters took first-day-of-school pictures and reports back with the hard-hitting news that Frozen backpacks seem to be the most popular this season. That's a Disney movie, in case you didn't know. So drive carefully, people. Kids are on the road.

Thanks to everyone for sending in your news and photos for Village Chat. It's easy to do - just email ann@kenwoodpress.com, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP





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Angelo Parisi and Erica Felton at their Aug. 16 wedding.

Third graders Diego Garcia Ojeda and Vanessa Mercado (in pink) checked their classroom assignments on the first day of school at Dunbar.