October 28th, 2003


Trick or treat!

My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
alphasunrise goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as Professor McGonagall.
aviatrix18 gives you 9 light green chocolate-flavoured pieces of taffy.
buymeaclue gives you 2 pink passionfruit-flavoured gummy fruits.
jeni_chan gives you 17 tan mint-flavoured gummy bears.
littlejasha gives you 18 brown tropical-flavoured pieces of taffy.
perimyndith gives you 8 green cherry-flavoured hard candies.
shetana tricks you! You lose 45 pieces of candy!
alphasunrise ends up with 9 pieces of candy.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.

:mutters: Want my candy back.

Blue sky

We have blue sky and sunshine.

The air is still unfit to breathe; there's twice the normal amount of crud in the air, but it's half what it was yesterday. I went out with a wet bandanna that filtered most of the dust, although I suspect it didn't filter enough. The hardware stores are out of dust masks.

The truck was covered with stuff, and so was the Escape even though it was under cover. The ash on the Escape was much finer and it fluffed under the broom. I was going to unload it today but I think both vehicles need a quick entry into the driver's seat followed by about 60mph on the freeway before we start moving things out of them.

The Otay fire to the south is now 100% contained, which is good. The Cedar fire is still completely out of control but is mostly in the Cleveland National Forest.

From one of the local news channels, I copied Collapse )

The NOAA has an animation of the smoke.

Air assets are coming today. Lots of firefighters arrived from other parts of the state, from Arizona, and from Nevada so that the local fellows can finally sleep. They've been fighting the fire for over 48 hours.

I have been thinking...

...and I cannot think of anything in my home that would be worth my life, or the lives of my family. Most of the people killed by the fire died because they waited too long to leave.

I'd miss the baby pictures of my kid. I'd feel bad about Fish if he boiled in his tank. I'd regret leaving the kitties if I couldn't get them loaded up fast enough. Medication is important but can be replaced.

Even if I owned my home, I still cannot imagine risking my life for my home, unless I had a steady water supply, a fire-proof shelter to hide in, and Scott air equipment. Even then it would be iffy.

What were those people thinking? What was worth more than their lives?
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