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Kurt Browning's House on fire again!!!!

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Mevrouw, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. Dragonlady

    Dragonlady Sew Happy

    This is Canada. There are few gated communities. Even in our wealthiest neighbourhoods. Everybody knew Prince lived in the purple house on the Bridle Path and he was left alone. That area isn't gated either.

    They didn't publish his exact address, just the nearest intersection, although those motivated to do so wouldn't have a problem finding it at this point.
  2. Teenes

    Teenes Well-Known Member

    Just a note, I suspect AragornElessar is responding more to the posts that have popped up all over the internet, not necessarily here, mocking Kurt and making jokes at his expense. If you search "Kurt Browning" on Twitter, the lack of sensitivity or sympathy is pretty blatant, for instance. (Though if you search @KurtBrowning, you'll see a lot of sympathy messages, which help me from looking completely down on humanity at this moment) But yes, I have appreciated that the posters on FSU seem sensitive to what a terrible situation this is, regardless of how the fire started.

    While I'm relieved to hear that Kurt's gold medals are safe, which hopefully implies that other important artifacts of his long skating career have also survived, I can't imagine the extent of the other losses he and Sonia must have sustained. Kurt's someone who places a lot of importance in family and family legacy - both in stuff he can pass down to his sons and things he has to remember his parents by. For instance, everything he wore in his tribute program to his dad after he passed way were items of clothes he'd found of his dad's. My first thought when I heard this news was to hope that all the stuff he'd saved from his dad and mom was ok, but I somehow doubt it. That's the type of loss that can never be replaced.

    As for the leaf blower - that's certainly an unorthodox way to dry your car. But who hasn't used a hair dryer to try to dry clothing when no better means are at hand? A leaf blower blows a jet of air, much like a hair dryer. And until this happened, would anybody really expect a leaf blower to start a fire? It sounds stupid after the fact, but I know I personally wouldn't have thought this would be a possible consequence.
  3. Jaana

    Jaana Well-Known Member

    I´m very glad that nobody was hurt and that the fire did not spread to other houses! Yes, also I think that many of us have used various things in an unorthodox way, but surely most people at least understand to be careful while doing that and afterwards....

    This whole sad incident is something I find hard to believe that it could have really happened. It is more like something that could have been shown in a certain sort of comedy.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2010
  4. aaron

    aaron New Member

    I'm glad they're safe but my heart is breaking for Kurt :( He must be feeling terrible. 
  5. Judy

    Judy Active Member

    Why would he live behind gates? We have NHL hockey players (including Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood) living in Ottawa and they don't live behind gates. It's not Hollywood.
  6. Rafter

    Rafter Well-Known Member

    Actually, the Toronto Star did publish the exact address.
  7. Willowway

    Willowway Well-Known Member

    Thank you Tina for the explanation. I trust you've suggested to AE that yelling at the people who actually aren't doing this might be the wrong approach. I think most of us understand her passion but misdirected anger is well...misdirected anger. Case closed.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2010
  8. withrespect

    withrespect New Member

    :( it's a tragedy that could have been far worse. Awful as it is...it's a huge relief no one was injured including the fire dept putting it out.
  9. FigureSpins

    FigureSpins Well-Known Member

    Thank goodness no one was hurt at the Browning house.

    This made me think of Bobby Ojeda (Mets Pitcher) doing his own yardwork and accidentally cutting off part of his pitching-hand middle finger while using electric hedge clippers.

    I hope they can salvage photos and other things. I have a cousin who lost her house in a fire, including family treasures. One of her friends took all of my cousin's soot-smeared Hummels and cleaned them by hand. Her SIL organized a "Photo Album Filler" party with guests bringing photos of my cousin and her family/friends. She told me that she recently had all her photos scanned onto CDs that she put into her safety deposit box.
  10. Willowway

    Willowway Well-Known Member

    I know that Teenes and some of the good folks at the Kurtfiles are already organizing a major effort to reconstruct videos, photos and anything career-related they can provide to him. They are really thinking constructively - if anyone has Kurt-related photos or goodies to contribute please contact Tina at the Kurtfiles - she's a great person and if you get things to her, you know it will get to Kurt. Please see her announcement of the effort at http://kurtfiles.com/
    scroll down to ALERTS:
  11. Japanfan

    Japanfan Well-Known Member

    Me, for one.
  12. mrr50

    mrr50 Well-Known Member

    This doesn't come close to the people in my town who set their house on fire using a blow torch to melt the ice in their front porch gutter.
  13. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

    A message from Kurt a little while ago on Twitter:

  14. halffull

    halffull Life is a beautiful thing

    Wow, hats off to 9 year old Josh. Wise beyond his years is a huge understatement.
  15. sadya

    sadya Active Member

    Most important are people, and everyone survived.
  16. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    What horrible news! :eek: :( Thank goodness Kurt and his family are safe.
  17. Judy

    Judy Active Member

    Okay I tried and just don't recognize the house lol from google maps anyways.
  18. Jot the Dot Dot

    Jot the Dot Dot Headstrong Buzzard

    Met the man some years ago. If there ever was a guy that represented Mr. Canada, it was Kurt. Add my voice to those who are sad for his family but glad no one was hurt.
  19. Teenes

    Teenes Well-Known Member

    Why not? Wet jeans suck when you've been caught out in the rain. Was *very* happy there was a hairdryer at work one day...

    And, thanks Willowway. We're still in early stages yet, but if there's some small way we can do our part to ease their losses, I'd like to do it.
  20. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

    First off, while I appreciate what Teenes was doing, I stand by what I said and I still mean it. I was also talking about the postings here at FSU and not just in general, as I hadn't seen any other reactions online other than here at that point.

    Second, I weep for this new society where being snarky regardless of what is going on is considered to be funny and okay. It is not!! There are times when it's not okay and there were posts like that whether you want to acknowledge it or not.

    Sad really. Oh well, I'd rather be looked at as an over sensitive be witch w/heart and compassion than behave the way some of you have behaved.

    And I'm done!!
  21. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

    That's nothing - I once used a microwave oven. ...:slinkaway
  22. Skate Talker

    Skate Talker Replaced the display under my name

    What a nice SIL - that was a great idea which I will remember if, heaven forbid, anything like that happens to someone I know, though around here it is more likely to be flood damage.

    And also the CD thing. My Mom recently passed away and I regret that we did not get to our project to go through pictures and id people and occasions where possible. But at least I can scan and save some. I have done that with my digitally taken photos though haven't put them in the Safety deposit box yet. Maybe I will just consider a fire-proof box/home safe. I think those work fairly well.

    Sorry OT but can anyone suggest a reasonable resolution to use that isn't ridiculously large but will stand up for years to come?
  23. Capella

    Capella Guest

    If you want to be able to print the photos again, figure 300 dpi. So a 4x6 photo should be no less than 1200 x 1800 dpi (which is probably about 1.5MB or less). DVDs store a ton more photos than a CD (if you are just using the DVD as a simple data storage location, as opposed to some kind of program with fancy photo viewing options).
  24. ildah

    ildah New Member

    They were on the same plane coming home from Madrid when i was back in July. They had the little guy with them, not the older one. I said hi to Kurt. It's nice to see such a lovely stable couple. A fire is a dreadful, stressful thing to happen to a family. Sonia has a new ballet season starting and Kurt has BOTB starting. I hope they are OK. Kurt really has turned into one of our icons. I've seen him at the ballet fundraiser and he gave me a kiss on the cheek when I spoke to him. With all the screwing around and acting like teenagers of other skaters we admire(d), Kurt is always classy.
  25. withrespect

    withrespect New Member

    don't go there. You are misinformed.
  26. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

    New society? From the moment employees had general access to fax machines, jokes about just about every disaster made their way across offices country-wide. Within seconds after the Challenger blew up in 1986, before the initial news reports were finished, for example, and that was decades ago. Gallows humor and all.

    But who walks away with hair dryer still running in a place close to gasoline?
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2010
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  27. Bev Johnston

    Bev Johnston Well-Known Member

    Be careful with that one... I did the same once, and the item burst into flames. :eek: Luckily, my microwave was close to the kitchen sink, so I just whisked the item out, threw it in the sink, and turned on the water. The item was ruined, but no one was hurt thankfully.
  28. Japanfan

    Japanfan Well-Known Member

    It has never occurred to me and I usually have an alternative to wet clothing. . .in fact, I hardly ever use a hairdryer to dry my hair, I'm a wash and go wet sort of girl. ;)

    However, this discussion has given me the idea of using my hairdryer on my golden retriever when she is soaking wet after rolling in mud puddles and getting a bath. . .
  29. Really

    Really I need a new title

    You've never used a hairdryer on your dog?

  30. mrr50

    mrr50 Well-Known Member

    I show dogs, the hairdryer is part of my show equipment. Just be aware that the dog may be frightened of the dryer at first. What i do to get the dog use to it is to dry my hair and blow the dryer at the dog while i dry my hair. the dog is not wet during the trial period.