What A Week!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, this week’s hardly been a holiday. While my neighborhood has been spared from the fires, it was not risk free. Most San Diego neighborhoods are built on top of hills, and the hillsides (suburban and rural) are lined with chaparral, which is simply plenty of vegetation to catch fire. The fires were largely limited to rural areas, but densely populated areas close to them, such as Rancho Bernardo and Poway, were vulnerable and took heavy damage. There will be more stories in the news in the weeks to come as these people struggle to resume their lives and rebuild their homes. What is very unfortunate is that some of these people were still recovering from the Cedar Fires disaster, which happened four years ago.

Thanks to those who kept us in your thoughts. I would especially like to thank Brian and Danny for their responses in some of my fire related posts. There was also a Flickr user who sent me some thoughtful messages. I’m glad to know that fellow San Diego bloggers Ted and Rob are ok.

I’ve gotten word that one of the teachers out in the East County school lost her home in the fire. I’m sure we’ll hear about more friends, colleaguues, and acquaintances in this situation in weeks to come.

As for family in San Diego, I’m glad everyone’s fine. My immediate family (mother and brother) are all in central San Diego, away from the fires. My brother’s children (my niecce and nephew) live with their mother in East County, but their area is unaffected. I visited my uncle John (my paternal grandmother’s brother) and my aunt in Mira Mesa yesterday. It had been a while since I’ve seem them, but I worried about them this week, since their area had more smoke than here. I promised not to be a stranger.

As far as I know, the community colleges resume on Monday. I’ll be catching up on grading papers and doing prep work for classes. I’ve lost more or less a week’s worth of lessons, so I’ll have to exercise some flexibility with plans and deadlines.

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Some People Are Truly Pieces of Work

I know I’ve broken the record for posts per day on ShindoTV, but this broadcast comes to you courtesy of Boi from Troi:

Of course, it is also a good time for the religious right to make fools of themselves. Now they’re blaming the Gays for the San Diego wildfires, which begs the question of why West Hollywood, Hillcrest, Silverlake and Long Beach seem to have been spared the wrath of the flames so far!

Within that paragraph was a link to a blogpost from James Hartline, a local religious nutjob and self hating gay man with AIDS, about how Hoe Moe sexuals caused the fires. Boi is a better man than I. I refuse to give that frak Hartline any traffic. You’ll have to go third party if you want to hear that idiot’s brainfried rant.

Hartline is the same headcase who bent the Catholic Bishop of San Diego’s ear a few years ago so the late owner of Club Montage could not have a proper funeral. I’ll stop because I don’t have a kind thing to say about him.

How Frakked Up Is This?

Larry Himmel of Channel 8 covers the destruction of his home during the fires.
Normally someone with a great sense of humor, Himmel carries himeslf with a great deal of professionalism and does his job.

My proverbial hat’s off to him. I’d be a definite mess if I were in his shoes. And then there’s the walkthrough.

Found on Flickr: San Diego Fire

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San Diego Fire, originally uploaded by Armida the Diva.

This pic is eerie! I don’t know where this is exactly, but this is one the spookiest pictures I encountered so far regarding the fires. The thought that part of the smoke comes from burned down houses is unsettling. My heart goes out to the people who have lost their homes so far.

If you’re locally here in San Diego, tune in to 94.9 FM, which has kindly provided the signal for KPBS. Keep updated, be generous and donate to the evacuation centers (and show generosity in any way possible), and make sure those who lost their homes don’t get taken in by the hucksters.

For those of you outside of Southern California, your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.

Found on Flickr: The sun has an eerie glow to it.

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I just found this on Flickr. This is what today’s sunset looked like. A few years ago in the aftermath of the Cedar Fires, when the whole county was engulfed in smoke, there was red sunlight one day. It was eerily apocalyptic. It hasn’t come to that yet where I live, but I wonder about other areas of the county that are still covered in smoke.

Time of Disaster Is Never A Holiday

This week so far has been stressful. There are several major fires in San Diego that seem to have no end, the air is drier with ash flying everywhere (despite a deceptive air clarity), and knowing that people nearby are affected add to this stress.

However, life goes on, and I did several errands this morning. When I got my haircut this morning, the subject of the fires naturally came up when talking to the guy who cuts my hair. He and his partner put up his parents. When I called my friend Scott after my appointment, I was relieved to find that he and his family are OK. He put his mother, sister, brother in law, and nephew up in his University Heights condo. That will definitely be a crowded house for a while. He told me they’re all exploring the nearby restaurants.

I stopped by the post office at Horton Plaza around noon. My PO box is there, and I check it occasionally for Internet related snail mail. It is the same address I advertise for the postcard exchange and I also list it on my other website. I got one postcard today from Chris Gregori of Post Due:

Chicken w/ Gun

Since everyone in this swap has two partners, I look forward to seeing who else sends me one.

This weekend, I recieved my first international request for a postcard. I will mail this person a card in a few minutes. Someone else is getting a card, but more local. I will reveal cards and recipients sometime from now. The local one will be in give or take a day, while I’ll reveal the other when my international recipient gets it.

If you’re interested in doing the postcard swap, you can go to Post Due dot Com. If you’re interested in getting postcards from me, e-mail me at shindotv at mac dot com. You can also send postcards to me at:

shinichi evans
PO Box 125003
san diego, ca 92112-5003


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Fires Updated

My classes are canceled today. No early morning out on the road for me. I normally leave around 6:30 am and drive southward and see the sunrise. Speaking of which, the eastern horizon is spectacularly orange right now due to the smoke from all the fires.

Like most people in San Diego, I remember the Cedar Fires from a few years ago. The whole county was filled with smoke and air all around was unbreathable for days. Many homes were lost in Scripps Ranch, Julian, and Cuyamaca, areas close to the current fires in North County. The state’s response to the disaster was much slower then (some firefighting forces were slowed down by bureaucratic procedures). Thankfully, the city and state learned from the disaster, and the response has been much quicker this time.

I’m thankful I’m ok, but I definitely feel for all the people who have been displaced by the fires. San Diegans have definitely been generous in responding to the disaster in donating food, water, and other goods to the evacuation centers. Yesterday, Costco was filled with people buying items to donate.

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