I don't know that you can really fault the first responders. I'd suspect an event like this would overwhelm the response capabilities of any response team. As an urban planner, this kind of thing serves as a good reminder why separation of uses is a good idea.
I randomly stumbled across this documentary on Netflix tonight. I'm not that far into it at the moment but it's very interesting so far. We'll never be as evil as the people in this movie but still, it makes you think about the impact you have on the children in your life. At least it did for me.
My brother and his wife celebrated their 13th anniversary today... I guess I'm doing a little too much comparison and contrasting. Looking back things haven't exactly gone according to the plan I always had in the back of my head but that's okay. Ultimately, it's beyond my control and things have turned out pretty well all told. And my niece had her seventh birthday over the weekend...guess it all added up, kinda feeling a little old at the moment. Good thing about it is that it's nothing a decent night's sleep won't fix. :-)
Spent the afternoon watching Total Recall and I have to admit I was pretty impressed. Impressed to the point where I'm sitting here kind of wishing I had made the time to see it in the theater. And that's a bold statement coming from a semi-committed agoraphobe like myself. It's funny but every time I watch a movie based on a Philip K. Dick book I can't help thinking I need to save up and buy as many of his books as I can. He opened up quite a perceptive window on mankind considering when he wrote. This movie, like the recent Red Dawn, is a good example of what can happen when you get a serious Hollywood scale effects budget and couple it with good people. Gotta admit, they hit my favorite scene from the original pretty good too...the scene where Schwarzenegger's disguised as the woman while trying to get through security. Keep an eye open for it, it's a good scene.