While my town is not in danger from what has become California’s most destructive wildfire (I am about 100 miles south), we have felt the effects. So far, just for the Camp Fire up north 63 have died, with more than 600 unaccounted for. As far as property damage, as of this writing 11,682 structures (including homes) have been destroyed. It is, I believe, California’s most destructive wildfire.
The smoke is pervasive, looking like a morning fog that is starting to lift. Visibility today was hampered with 1/2 mile visibility on the freeway I was using.
The effects are even felt in one’s home, with some coughing and burning eyes.
No, I’m not talking about your credit score.
Years ago, 46 to be exact, I found myself one early morning at the draft reception station in Oakland, CA. Even though Vietnam was winding down, there was a Marine LT there. There were times when people would be drafted for either the Army or Marines – they would count off by 2. (During WW2 they would go into any of the services)
Anyway, the Marine LT told us about the “10% Rule”.
Last evening, I had yet another small revelation about something that had a rock-solid reputation for years. I blame MBAs and conglomerates.
I’ve had a 22 year old Mercedes-Benz SL500 for the last 5 years – and have put 70,000 miles on it in the interim. Only the last few years I had been plagued by a rattle that was driving me nuts (is there any other kind?) . At slower speeds it sounded like metal clanking on metal, and just to show you how in our diagnosis (of anything really) we can get tunnel vision, and not look for anything “outside the box”, I “assumed” all this time it was a loose heat shield either lining the engine or exhaust system.
I have mentioned others, but this evening I am watching a new series (for me) called Lilyhammer. It is a Norwegian production that Netflix has. It’s about an American mobster who, in exchange for testimony, is in the witness protection program and his choice of venue was….Lillehammer, Norway.(update: Norwegian spelling)
Posted by Lex, on November 12, 2007
Occasional reader Steve turned me on to a website that purports to tell you what level of education is required to read a given blog.
You’ve got no one to blame but yourselves.
I told you you were clever.
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Posted by asm826 on November 16, 2006
I can’t find a better way to end this tale than to leave them in the ‘ville, sitting together sharing a beer. I wrote myself a note that last night in the Philippines, to the me in the future that might come back to read the words. I had stopped in Mariposa, ordered one last meal, and wrote the following:
By lex, on June 12th, 2007
The square rigged sailing ship in the picture below is operating only under sail and moving faster than the USS Wasp behind it in the background. Wasp is under command, under her own power and not showing the “ball-diamond-ball” day marker indicating a vessel restricted by draft or in her ability to maneuever.
Who has the right of way?