Exactly 365 days ago, we made official predictions for the coming year. Apparently the crystal ball we were using wasn’t too clear, especially when looking at Mother Nature’s plans for the Oakland Hills. We’re happy to report that only three out of ten predictions were sorta true.
Recapping Official Hills Predictions
10 – We experience three 5.0+ quakes but avoid the Big One next year. While these lesser quakes get covered by CNN, no one mentions them around here.
:-) No dice. Let’s not tempt the fates, since the Hayward Fault’s well past its 140-year “Big One” date.
9 – Major rainstorms produce at least ten big mudslides on Skyline Blvd, and ten new palaces are built on the land.
:-) No dice. We’re excited the hillsides remain intact, as that’s not a foregone conclusion. New palaces, built for any reason, are few and far between.
8 – Locals establish “private” public schools, going well beyond funding school libraries and other resources…to paying all teachers too.
:-) No dice. As usual, our grade schools get plenty of local support – and the kids are testing very well.
7 – One fast food chain tries to lease space on Park Blvd, but its franchisee slinks away after Glenview neighbors organize a high-profile march to protest the move.
:-) No dice. However, Glenview is looking good these days in the restaurant department.
6 – Another fine chocolate shop opens in Montclair, setting up a three-way competition that creates serious strife but no reduced prices at Le Bonbon or XOX Truffles.
:-| No dice. We’re still happy with having the two chocolate shop options, here in the village.
5 – Just 25% of empty nesters see their kids return home.
:-( Score. The economy’s so bad that all the college grads returned to their nests, trying desperately to find something to do!
4 – Only one percent of us follows the Oakland A’s and Raiders, down from two percent because three players move away from the Hills.
:-( Score. It’s a been quite a year for the hometown teams, whether we’re following their performance or not. We would miss the Oakland A’s if they actually moved, though.
3 – We arrange a sit-in at Oakland City Hall, inviting a crew of Berkeley professors to occupy the place until there’s a budget and real contingency plans.
:-| No dice. Yet there’s much hand-wringing and online/blog coverage over shortfalls. Oaklanders are pinning their hopes on the new police chief and upcoming mayoral election.
2 – The Diablo winds fuel massive fires, which decimate the Hiller area. Unlike 1991, everyone gives up and donates their ruined properties to the East Bay Regional Park District.
:-) No dice. Hey, we’re still here and pleased to report the mellow fire season. We did keep our fingers crossed on the Orinda fire which was quickly snuffed out.
1 – Zero homicides take place in the Hills, again.
:-) Score. This outcome is pretty much a given, but we’ll take a point for our prescience.