After the Fires

Recent wildfires in Southern California burned about 100,000 acres of the Santa Monica mountains surrounding Kongo’s home west of Los Angeles. It was a scary time. Naturally Kongo was not at home when the fires started, leaving Mrs. Kongo alone with the grand daughters. (He was also away when lightening struck their home near Washington DC several years ago resulting in fireman traipsing through the attic putting out smoldering wires but that’s another story.) The phones started beeping with emergency alerts and when Mrs. Kongo got the message EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY that’s exactly what she did. She grabbed the granddaughter, her…

Adobe Monkey

Kongo visited Reyes Adobe in Agoura Hills this week with #1 granddaughter’s fourth grade class.  The Reyes Adobe house, built in 1850, was originally part of the Rancho Las Virgenes (still an exit on U.S. 101) Spanish land grant.  After the Mexican War and the Treaty of Guadalupe in 1848 the United States recognized the original land claims — sort of.  A descendant of the original grantee, Maria Antonia Machado de Reyes was eventually granted about 8,000 acres after several petitions to the government. Kongo found this fascinating because Mrs. Kongo’s maiden name is Machado and the ever calculating monkey was…