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Happy Fourth!
Topic by: weezy
Posted: July 4, 2008 - 8:25 PM PDT
Last Reply: July 7, 2008 - 4:09 PM PDT

author topic: Happy Fourth!
weezy
post #1  on July 4, 2008 - 8:25 PM PDT  
Hope you all have a happy and safe 4th :D

Looking forward to hearing good stories from the weekend. Personally I hope I can squeeze in some time to see Wall-E!
kaream
post #2  on July 5, 2008 - 4:47 PM PDT  
I trust they're paying you double time for having to work today.
underdog
post #3  on July 5, 2008 - 5:08 PM PDT  
I am vacationing in my home town of Santa Barbara just in time to see a scary fire burning all over nearby. Fun for the whole family! :-/ Fortunately, we're not affected, and the smoke and ash are better today, the city is clear. I know a few people who have had to evacuate. Fingers crossed they get in controlled soon.

But we saw fireworks and things are good and hope all our GreenCiners are having a happy and safe Fourth.
kaream
post #4  on July 6, 2008 - 3:05 AM PDT  
> On July 5, 2008 - 5:08 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> ... just in time to see a scary fire burning all over nearby ... smoke and ash ... people who have had to evacuate. Fingers crossed ...
>
> But we saw fireworks and things are good ... having a happy and safe Fourth.
> ---------------------------------

Damnation, Craig! California allows fireworks when most of the state is burning down??? Are you people nuts or what? I'm sure glad to hear that "things are good", and you're being happy and safe. Oh, well -- it probably won't be that long before the whole state is under water; too bad it'll be seawater rather than your desperately needed drinking water. Or, of course the western half of the state is getting ready to break off and fall into the Pacific anyway, so wot the hell -- life 'under the volcano'. Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.
Vanamonde
post #5  on July 6, 2008 - 1:21 PM PDT  
Ah, The Death of California, again. I've being hearing the end of the Left Coast now for over fourty years. California is TOUGH. Although it may change into many forms, you cannot destroy or create California!

Seriously, I hope you can enough rain soon to end the fires, soon. Last I heard, it was down to about 300 burning from over a thousand.
kaream
post #6  on July 7, 2008 - 1:35 PM PDT  
> On July 6, 2008 - 1:21 PM PDT Vanamonde wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Ah, The Death of California, again.
> ---------------------------------

Yeah, why not -- an old, old trope. Probably goes back to 1906.

But fireworks, when the state is already on fire, is just plain dumb.
underdog
post #7  on July 7, 2008 - 2:00 PM PDT  
Well I made it back safe and sound, had a good time, and saw them knock that fire down to more manageable size before any residential areas went under. Fingers crossed as temps rise again.

As for the fireworks thing, it's funny you mention because I happened to go to a party the night of the 4th in which the mayor of Sta Barbara herself was there! We chatted with her for awhile. She expressed reservations or doubts about the decision to go on with the fireworks, and it was certainly controversial there. But ultimately, she, they, felt it was good for the town's morale. Also should know that SB's fireworks celebration happens right at the waterfront, both far away from where the fire was and more importantly far away from any real fire danger. Beach/water = safer than dry brushy areas. Which is not to say that weren't still some good arguments against holding them, namely that a certain number of resources were needed at the fireworks, resources that could be better used on the fire front. But I think after the state had made it a #1 priority and after the # of firefighters there were tripled that day, it seemed like they had it more covered.

Anyway, was interesting to see the mayor struggle with the decision.

And selfishly I was still glad to see the fireworks.

Now, about that global warming...
kaream
post #8  on July 7, 2008 - 4:09 PM PDT  
Glad to hear it worked out well.

And that the display was city-sponsored and -controlled. Of course the real problem is always the illegal fireworks that nutcases invariably set off wherever they damn well please.

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