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> Heartbreaking day in N. California, 914 is no more
MrKona
post Oct 10 2017, 10:08 PM
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Hey All,

I haven't been around as much these past few years as other life priorities drew my attention away from the 914. But it was always patiently awaiting my return - Until yesterday, when my house in Santa Rosa was destroyed by the Stubbs fire. The 914, along with my '88 Scirocco are no more.

In the big scheme of life, it's just stuff. My family is safe - and that is what matters most. But like all of you, I poured my heart and countless hours into this car - I knew it inside and out. And my tools... it took me years to acquire and restore many of them. All that effort equates not just to "stuff", but rather, it's a reflection of who we are and what we know how to do. I held it together until I saw the garage remains.

It'll be a long time before life settles back to normal; but one day, I can only hope I find another project that will give me as much satisfaction as did my 914.

- Bryan



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post Oct 10 2017, 10:10 PM
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Sigh. So horrible. I have to commend you on a great attitude perspective about it. This too shall pass.
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post Oct 10 2017, 10:13 PM
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So very sad to hear, thank you for sharing. Glad your priorities are strong and life will go on. Look for another opportunity when life gets back to normal for you, if you feel the need.
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post Oct 10 2017, 10:15 PM
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Oh that really sucks. :-(
I agree its just stuff but when you've spent hundreds of hours or thousands with that stuff you get emotionally attached to it and seeing it like that must hurt.
Regards from another 914 owner and previous Scirocco owner.
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post Oct 10 2017, 10:17 PM
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I'm amazed at how hot this burned. As I study the pictures, I notice that not only are the aluminum Brembo brakes missing, but so are the five lug fuchs. I sorted through the ashes, and literally found nothing worth salvaging. Multiply this scene by 2000 times, and that's what is happening here now.
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post Oct 10 2017, 10:18 PM
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Wow. Just wow.

Can we help? Is insurance going to make you whole again?

Wow.

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post Oct 10 2017, 10:19 PM
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QUOTE(Larmo63 @ Oct 10 2017, 09:18 PM) *

Wow. Just wow.

Can we help? Is insurance going to make you whole again?

Wow.

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Thanks. Will be contacting them tomorrow, and hope it all goes smoothly.
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post Oct 10 2017, 10:29 PM
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This sucks. I've been getting updates today from a friend who is a cop and lives in Petaluma. The situation sounds incredible and I don't understand why it isn't getting more national attention.
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post Oct 10 2017, 10:33 PM
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I am so sorry to hear and see this (IMG:style_emoticons/default/sad.gif) .

Sorry for your loss
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post Oct 10 2017, 11:33 PM
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Thank God your safe and your family! I’m sure all materials will be replaced! Good you have a nice view/thinking to be strong and being positive in life! Take care and I’m sure God will provide everything!
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post Oct 10 2017, 11:55 PM
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As I look at these photos, I have to remind myself that these are mine. It's like this stuff always happens to someone else. And today, that someone is me.

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This sucks. I've been getting updates today from a friend who is a cop and lives in Petaluma. The situation sounds incredible and I don't understand why it isn't getting more national attention.
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post Oct 11 2017, 12:04 AM
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I am so upset to see those pictures. Thank God you or your family were not injured.
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post Oct 11 2017, 12:36 AM
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Sorry my brother. Tonight is my night to wait and see. 2 of my cars are far away and one 914is behind. Of course on Jack stands.
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post Oct 11 2017, 12:58 AM
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(IMG:style_emoticons/default/headbang.gif) So sorry bud. Words can't express
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post Oct 11 2017, 01:11 AM
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Bryan -

We cannot begin to comprehend your loss, and we will be praying for you and your family that God's grace and love will be poured out on you in abundance, and that you and your family will be drawn close together and kept.

Your attitude in such loss is nothing short of amazing. You, as I wish we all would be, know that stuff is just stuff, and family is everything. So glad you and your family are ok.

Probably too soon to do this, but some day in the future read "The Shack" by Paul Young. Where is God when trajedy hits? Incredible book, NYT #1 best seller for over 2 years, over 20 million copies sold. Editor/Publisher Wayne Jacobsent (Clovis, CA) is a close friend and I got to spend a day with the author. Never seen a modern book that helped more people, especially those who are suffering and the last thing they need is religion.

Please keep us posted on how you are doing.

God bless - and may all from here be upward and onward.........

GN

QUOTE(MrKona @ Oct 10 2017, 10:08 PM) *

Hey All,

I haven't been around as much these past few years as other life priorities drew my attention away from the 914. But it was always patiently awaiting my return - Until yesterday, when my house in Santa Rosa was destroyed by the Stubbs fire. The 914, along with my '88 Scirocco are no more.

In the big scheme of life, it's just stuff. My family is safe - and that is what matters most. But like all of you, I poured my heart and countless hours into this car - I knew it inside and out. And my tools... it took me years to acquire and restore many of them. All that effort equates not just to "stuff", but rather, it's a reflection of who we are and what we know how to do. I held it together until I saw the garage remains.

It'll be a long time before life settles back to normal; but one day, I can only hope I find another project that will give me as much satisfaction as did my 914.

- Bryan

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post Oct 11 2017, 04:11 AM
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Jeezus, Bryan. At a loss for words. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/sad.gif)



Hopefully insurance will prove to be worthy, and help get your life right side up at some point.
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post Oct 11 2017, 04:22 AM
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Wow. At least you and your family are safe.

You're right about your stuff. Stuff can be replaced; people cannot. Good luck with the clean up.

I'm not sure how these things work. Will you stay at the same address with a new house? Just buy another house?
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post Oct 11 2017, 05:01 AM
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Bummer man.




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post Oct 11 2017, 05:03 AM
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(IMG:style_emoticons/default/sad.gif) That sucks. but like you say just things. I'm glad you and your family are safe.
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post Oct 11 2017, 05:16 AM
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So sorry for the loss of your home and personal items. Those in time will be replaced, thankful that you and your family are safe.
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