High tide during Ernesto in 2006Other storm tides and high winds visited us after Isabel (Ernesto in 2006, for example), but their damage was minimized, we speculated, by the fact that Isabel blew away or flooded so many trees and structures that little remained to ruin.

Waterfront living was fun and interesting, but I relinquished it with abundant enthusiasm for the static electricity and dust of desert climes, where trees are too short to block the road when they fall and where water can't be taken for granted.

I'll take the threat of wildfire over a hurricane aftermath any old day.