October 25, 2007

It’s a Good Thing a Sizeable Fraction of the State of Rhode Island Doesn’t Catch Fire

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:34 am by Ian

Because if it did, what would the TV people have to compare it to?

1 Comment »

  1. Matt said,

    I actually was just down in San Diego for a conference. I flew in on Sunday night. Great timing, right? As I was flying in, I looked out the right window of the plane from my aisle seat and saw a little orange puff and some smoke. “Huh. Looks like something’s burning down there,” I said to the guy in the window seat, who was pulling out his camera. Then I saw the whole hillside burning. Shit. A couple minutes later, I look out the left side of the plane when I noticed everyone gawking out that way, and I saw a second hillside on fire. I hadn’t seen anything on the news before I left, so I had no idea Hell had taken up a temporary residence in San Deigo just in time for my arrival. What was funny was that for both my prof and I, the last October we’d been in Southern California was for the ’03 fires, when he was a postdoc in SD and I was still at Mudd. We won’t be planning on going back there together in any subsequent Octobers.

    Fortunately for me, I didn’t end up getting forcibly evacuated from my hotel, but it was a little touch and go. The evacuation zone was extended to our hotel in Del Mar Monday night, but almost immediately thereafter, the wind shifted and stopped the progress of the largest fire towards us. Scripps (no, not that one. No, not the oceanography place either), where we were holding the conference, was technically closed, but it was far enough south that it wasn’t ever really at risk.

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