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#1 hollywood

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Posted 29 October 2019 - 07:05 AM

No, most of California is not on fire.  But much of us are breathing smoky air.  No question that some are threatened by the fires and the problem of fire department personnel being stretched thin.  We will (hack hack) survive this.


Then that happened.

 

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#2 joethefoodie

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Posted 29 October 2019 - 11:16 AM

California's big.  But I'm always surprised when residential neighborhoods (like what happened in Santa Rosa 2 years ago) go up in flames - less expected than the hills and valleys.

 

We drove over the Mayacamas in early August, and as beautiful as it is, it ain't green; it's kindling, even as they rebuild structures from the devastation of the last fire.



#3 voyager

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Posted 29 October 2019 - 03:54 PM

Welcome winter rains -> lush growth -> summer/fall tinder.    

Climate change -> what we euphemistically call "wind events".

Decades of incompetent utility management -> fragile power infrastructure.

 

Rebuilding in NoCal's semi-country paradises = a crap shoot


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#4 StephanieL

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Posted 29 October 2019 - 09:46 PM

Meanwhile, my coworker who lives near Malibu was forced to evacuate yesterday.


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#5 voyager

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Posted 29 October 2019 - 11:29 PM

PG&E here, SoCalEdison there.   Welcome to the Golden (if without electricity) State.


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#6 Wilfrid

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Posted 29 October 2019 - 11:45 PM

Seeing updates from my bean boy Rancho and Randall Grahm on Twitter about the other problem, no power.

#7 voyager

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Posted 30 October 2019 - 01:15 AM

It is indeed a continuum of discomfort to catastrophe.   


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#8 Maison Rustique

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Posted 30 October 2019 - 03:18 PM

I've been saying for the 10 years since we moved how much I miss California. Right now, I'm glad I'm not there. Although we are awaiting our first real snow and temps in the 20s for the season, so that is subject to change in another couple of hours. 


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#9 Behemoth

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Posted 30 October 2019 - 03:33 PM

Our visit this August reminded me how much I love Califonia and what a national treasure it is. Reading the news these weeks has just been heartbreaking. Stay safe everyone.
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#10 hollywood

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Posted 30 October 2019 - 04:42 PM

Unfortunately, even folks who aren't having to evacuate or who might lose their homes are having to breathe crappy air for now.


Then that happened.

 

I traveled to Tijuana to smack the federali

Who packing avocado toast like Mario Batali--Black Thought


#11 voyager

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Posted 30 October 2019 - 06:39 PM

I also am sad for those with all electric kitchens and or hot water heaters.     1.5 million people are inconvenienced by not having lights, wifi, computer, etc.    But to be without hot water for a week or so is beyond my comprehension.   


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#12 joethefoodie

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Posted 31 October 2019 - 12:17 PM

  But to be without hot water for a week or so is beyond my comprehension.   

 

Almost 2 weeks here after Sandy flooded and Con Ed blew up.

 

Try 15th floor, with no elevators. I forget what good shape I was in then.



#13 voyager

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Posted 31 October 2019 - 01:45 PM

You win.


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#14 joethefoodie

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Posted 31 October 2019 - 06:54 PM

Op-Ed piece in today's NY Times:

 

It's the End

 

I have lived nearly all my life in California, and my love for this place and its people runs deep and true. There have been many times in the past few years when I’ve called myself a California nationalist: Sure, America seemed to be going crazy, but at least I lived in the Golden State, where things were still pretty chill.

But lately my affinity for my home state has soured. Maybe it’s the smoke and the blackouts, but a very un-Californian nihilism has been creeping into my thinking. I’m starting to suspect we’re over. It’s the end of California as we know it. I don’t feel fine.

 



#15 voyager

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Posted 01 November 2019 - 01:57 AM

Without getting into the obvious effects of climate change, the biggest problem in California, from the perspective of a very old native, is that so many people came to visit and never returned home.  


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