Running Shoes – Prized Possession…??

On Tuesday night I was unceremoniously dragged out of bed at 1:30am by police sirens and a rather panicked voice over a loud speaker announcing that they were evacuating the area that I live in.

Scrambling out of bed I woke my house mate up and after peering out my bedroom window at the inferno which was engulfing Devils Peak about 100m behind my house, we decided that we should pack some things and head to a friend.

The smoke was so bad that you could see it swirling around inside my apartment, and that was with my windows closed… Anyway to bring the story back to why I wanted to write this post in the first place, I was standing in my room trying not to look out of my window at the raging fire, deciding on what to take.  As it turns out my most treasured possessions (according to what I managed to grab before heading out) consist of the following:

  • Laptop
  • Running Shoes
  • Passport
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Bath towel

Now I’m sure a psychologist would have a field day with this, but I’m intrigued to know what you would have grabbed, and if running shoes would have been near the top of the list, as it quite clearly was for me…?

Check out the pictures which were taken that night!

View from my Bedroom window

View from my Bedroom window


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  2. Candice says:

    Well I managed to take my handbag which has all of that stuff in it 😉

  3. ryan says:

    So i assume you and your apartment are OK?
    What about a wallet? A credit card goes a long way. We evacuated from a hurricane when living in Cayman, as it turned out i didn’t go back for 6 months and eveything i had was there – that card went a long way.
    All i would make sure i take is my passport – without it i am done. I don’t think i can leave and i don’t think i can stay either. NO pets so that’s OK. I guess i don’t have anything THAT sentimental?
    I would take it as a good excuse to buy new running shoes

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