October 26th, 2003



This map shows roughly where I live. (Paranoid me didn't put the address in, or even the closest intersection.) There are three fires burning in San Diego County right now, and the closest one to us is to the southeast at Dulzura. Dulzura is approximately at the X intersection to the southeast of Jamul.

The Cedar fire (to the north) burned from Ramona (which is to the northeast of Poway on this map, about where those two roads go off the map), pretty much to the 805 and as far south as the 52 freeway. Hit or miss on some areas, of course, but Scripps Ranch is devastated and the fire is currently burning down Clairmont Mesa Boulevard, which is in that area between 805 and 163. Navy housing is there, too. This one has burned over 100,000 acres.

The third fire they are calling Paradise and it is way to the north.

We prepared as best we could, of course. Packed the vehicles with the photos, cat supplies, and a change of clothes.

The cat carrier is ready, and fish is in his travel jar.

But it doesn't look like we'll need to leave.
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    worried worried

The drive to class this morning.

The light this morning was incredible. When I was driving in, the only the fires burning were to the north, and they made big band of grey darkness across the sky, sort of like that dark grey that happens in the midwest right before one of the horrendous toad-strangling rains. As I got closer, the sun started to be obscured by the smoke cloud, and it almost looked like everything was glowing, the colors were so vivid. The green of the trees seemed to pop from the dark background, and the iceplant along the freeway banks was a wash of bright, vivid, glowing green. The highway signs were bright, and the white lettering was blue-white. The smoke was filtering the light and taking out the reds. Downtown, where the morning sun usually illuminates the glass buildings, the light wasn't the usual yellow. The buildings shown with blue-white light like a welder's arc. When I got out of the car, the sun was a glowing red ball in the sky.
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    tired tired

Stopping junk mail

The do not call list stops the phone solicitaions, a good email filtering program stops the spam, so that leaves snail mail.

To stop credit card mail solicitations, call 888-567-8688. One call and the subsequent mail confirmation will prevent the four major US credit services like Equifax and TRW from releasing your name and info on a 'pre-screened' list that goes out to basically any credit agency that asks.
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    drained drained