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Subject: Found a great way to get rid of too many books
Date Posted: 11/19/2008 2:15 PM ET
Member Since: 9/3/2008
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Have your house burn down.  Waaah!!!!

I'm a relatively new member, finally had about 50 books posted, I even offered a 2 for 1 so I can get rid of them.  Well I certainly got rid of them just not the way I expected.  I live in the Santa Barbara area. We were evacuated on Thursday night and received confirmation on Saturday that we lost the house.

Luckily I had 8 books ready to ship that I had forgot at my office (I shipped them on Friday, before it was too late). :)

We got out with most of our important papers, most photos, a couple of changes of clothes and the animals. We lost alot but have gained so much more.  Out comunity and friends are amazing.

We went and picked up our mail at the post office on Friday and I was so excited to see a Paperback Swap book label.  I mean really, really excited.  I guess I'll be reading a little slower now that we have so much to do but it's great ahving that one book, it's sort of a symbol to me.


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Date Posted: 11/19/2008 2:51 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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OMG! I am so sorry Jenelle, fire is such a devistating thing. I'm glad you did take some of the important things with you so it wasn't a total loss. My best wishes with you going forward.

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 3:01 PM ET
Member Since: 6/12/2008
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I'm so sorry that you lost your home. Thank God though that you and your family and pets are safe. What an awful thing to go through. I guess in times like  that you realize whats really important and having the love and support of family and friends will help you get through it. I will keep you in my prayers.  I sent you a PM

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 3:34 PM ET
Member Since: 5/15/2008
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Glad that you and yours are okay...thats the only thing that matters!  Sorry to hear about your house...its never easy losing  a big part of your life like that.

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 3:41 PM ET
Member Since: 9/3/2008
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Thanks for your wishes. I guess my books don't come froma smoke free home anymore :)

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 3:44 PM ET
Member Since: 6/5/2007
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Oh my goodness, what a horrible thing to have happen. My prayers with you.

And, I'm so glad that PBS has brought some normalcy.

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 8:09 PM ET
Member Since: 9/24/2007
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Hope your life gets back into some sort of order soon- glad you are all ok!


Date Posted: 11/19/2008 8:17 PM ET
Member Since: 4/16/2008
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Sorry to hear that, Jenelle.  I'm going to buddy you a credit.  Have a better day!  :)

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 9:08 PM ET
Member Since: 10/27/2005
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Jenelle I'm so sorry you lost your home! That's a lot more than just books, it's memories too!

I'll be happy to help you replenish your bookshelf when you get settled in somewhere new. PM me your address once you are settled and  I'll send you some books to help out!

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 10:27 PM ET
Member Since: 6/18/2008
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You and your family are in my prayers!

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 10:38 PM ET
Member Since: 4/7/2007
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I am glad you are ok!  Please let us know what we can do.  The PBS community is wonderful! 

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 1:27 AM ET
Member Since: 1/15/2008
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Oh no! I'm so sorry you are dealing with all of this right now! God Bless!!!!

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 2:11 AM ET
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Subject: janelle,
Date Posted: 11/20/2008 2:52 AM ET
Member Since: 10/5/2005
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Date Posted: 11/20/2008 2:52 AM ET
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sent you a credit to help rebuild your library . . .

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 8:55 AM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2006
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Sorry about your home...sent you a credit.


Date Posted: 11/20/2008 8:59 AM ET
Member Since: 10/23/2005
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oohh, Jenelle. I am so sorry to hear about your home, but am very glad that you and your family members are safe. I am sending you a PM, pick some books from my shelf whenever you are ready to, and I will send them so you can replenish your bookshelf.

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 9:42 AM ET
Member Since: 1/13/2008
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im so sorry to hear that. like mentioned above, once you get settled, send me your address and ill send you some books from my shelf

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 10:02 AM ET
Member Since: 3/19/2007
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Oh Jenelle,

I'm so sorry about your home!  What a relief that you were able to get some of your important stuff out (most notably your pets and family!)

Sending good wishes and hopes that all goes smoothly in putting the pieces back together.


Date Posted: 11/20/2008 10:30 AM ET
Member Since: 8/13/2008
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I am so sorry! That must be a horrible thing to go through. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 10:58 AM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2006
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Thanks for the upbeat post, Jenelle! 

So sorry you are starting over.

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Date Posted: 11/20/2008 12:04 PM ET
Member Since: 6/21/2008
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You sound like you have a positive attitude about it all and that helps so much! Take care of yourself, keep looking forward, and if there are any books I can send along to you from my bookshelf, please pm me. Glad you're all okay!


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Date Posted: 11/20/2008 1:40 PM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2006
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I am so sorry for your loss. I am really glad you are okay though. Things can be replaced. People and animals can't.

Date Posted: 11/23/2008 12:04 AM ET
Member Since: 9/3/2008
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Thank you everyone for your well wishes, prayers and fabulous offers (and buddy credit too).

Me and my family feel the good feelings that are being sent our way.

My homeschooled 10 year old has been loving the fact that he doesn't have school right now, kids are great!!!

Here's some pics for fun :)



Date Posted: 11/23/2008 12:18 AM ET
Member Since: 8/8/2006
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the pictures are so sobering. my thoughts are with you and your family....