Saturday, August 24, 2019
Cal Fire is awesome.
79 engine companies, 21 water tenders, 28 fire crews, 4 helicopters, 79 overhead personnel, 12 bulldozers, 10 air tankers (amazing precision drops from aircraft) - 580 total fire personnel. This morning we are at 60% containment and holding at 600 acres. My husband's work partner still has his home!
At this point, I am no longer concerned. I feel confident.
Apparently, an article was written by the San Jose Mercury News about why should large urban and metro areas pay for those who choose to live in mountainous, rural areas prone to fire. My reaction would be, then why should we tunnel all of "our water" down to them to fill up swimming pools and water their lawns! I mean, come on now. We are ALL in this together. When I lived in the Bay Area, I never thought about that. When rural communities suffered through wildfires, I suffered with them. Never did I want them to just "burn." We are dealing with a new selfish generation. It's all about them.
If and when, the "BIG ONE" hits, (and it will) I would never be happy about that. Or begrudge any aid, to them. It's a given. California is a big diverse state with different climate zones and geography - from the ocean to a flat central valley that grows food, to mountainous alpines! It's not about one area over another. We are all California.
On a lighter NOTE: We have a peeping Tom. 1-year-old German Shepherd named Cooper.
Every morning and a few times in the day, Coop and my Laydee run back and forth, tearing up the back fence. We all just "patch" the fence. It would be about $2000+ to put in a new fence, only to have them tear it up again. So we patch here and there on our side, and Patty patches on her side.
Actually, we love watching the interaction between Coop and Laydee. So fun to watch them. I'll be sitting at the table, and look up, and see him peeping through the fence.
On the other side is Otis - a little ankle biter. He's jealous and I feel sorry for him because he wants to join in, but Laydee and Cooper ignore him. His mommy, mentioned yesterday, we need to just install pet doors for them, so they could play. Actually, I think they like the mystery of it all. It's a tease, a game for them. When Coop peeks through the fence, Laydee backs away at the bottom of the hill. Sometimes when Laydee pushes her way through the fence, I can see the silhouette of Cooper through the slants- as he backs away with massive tail wag!
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