Sheryl Chapman: We watched these giant plumes of smoke coming out of our neighborhood and I thought for sure our house was going up, I mean we were just stunned.
Scot Nicol: On the trip home, that’s when I had windshield time to think about this stuff and just wonder. Well it was just like, "ok if everything’s gone, so be it. That’s just the way it is." So I was so happy to learn that the house was still here. But then it was just a rollercoaster of evacuations.
SC: I love our house and we worked really hard to do this big remodel. At first I was ready to accept what was happening because what choice did we have? But now that we have everything, I'm so grateful.
SN: All of Sheryl’s art is in her studio, so that has prompted her — what she’s doing is she’s matting it all and she’s going to have an art sale so that it will be spread out.
SC: This has really inspired me because I could have lost it all and now it’s like just get rid of it all and sell it.
SN: Sheryl and I went down to see the damage early Tuesday morning. When the 1989 earthquake happened, I went down to Sausalito the next morning at 4 am and I rode my bike across the Golden Gate Bridge, which was pitch black, into the Marina. It was before the National Guard had arrived and [the city] had an eerie, post-apocalyptic, martial law feel, but I’m glad I went. It was a big lifetime event and it was very interesting seeing it first-hand. So I wanted to go up and see the [fire damage] first hand, so we jumped on my Vespa — I know all the narrow pathways, so even though the roads were closed I was able to get into the neighborhood. We were up there for 20-30 minutes before the cops were like, “What the F are you doing up here?”
SC: The guy talked to us and we apologized and got out of there. That was the last time I’ll do anything like that.
As the [disaster] progressed, I realized there are life and death situations going on and the cops are there to do a job and we’re supposed to help them.
We knew that morning how terrible it was. But it wasn’t until we laid eyes on it that we realized how much had been burned.