Tuesday, October 23, 2007

San Diego is burning

This wildfire disaster is proving to be a very strange event to live through. The light has this very light haze to it from the poor quality of the air. It's not like fog or mist at all; it has a yellow hue from far away but more blue when you're looking down the streets. Every 20th person I see has a dust mask or a bandanna on their face... I wonder if I should be doing the same.

I'm not currently affected by evacuations or property damage or anything like that. What I do see, besides the omnipresent particulate, are a lot less people walking around and driving which has been nice. School is also canceled for the rest of the week which provides me with a nice respite.

The juxtaposition of my nice, quiet days off with the pain others must be going through by being displaced or losing their house weighs on me like an uneven load across my shoulders. It is hard to be thankful for something that others are just trying to survive. I'm sure I don't count as a silver lining to their cloud. If they knew how grateful I was for some extra time off, a stay of execution on a P-chem exam, and some extra hours to work, do you think it might help a little?

I've had snow days and power-outs in Washington, now a fire day in San Diego. I'm slowly experiencing the world I guess.


Bridget said...

The weird thing about the fires for me. (First glad you are safe friend) But how because the fires were 40 minutes to an hour away from me in my life, how we just went about our days like nothing was wrong. I'm not that far from you. Yet i went to work and to home and saw the erie blood red sun. and dealt with the ash in the air. But really we just went about our day. Relieved that we for now could go to work. I don't know what that says about where i work or the people i work with or what it says about our society as a whole.. but I didn't like how i felt about it when i took a step back and actually thought about everything that was happening only miles away from me.

<3 ya!

Josh C said...

Begs the question... does the event really require your or anyone else's consideration? If I spent those four days off watching the action and spending the time thinking about the situation, would anything change? Instead, I put in extra hours at work and hoped Anna would come home safe. I think a society perpetually distracted by events they have no ability to affect is problematic. I think it contributes to an overall feeling of fear that we don't need.

This blog post was my moment of silence and I was ready to volunteer if necessary but none of that was needed so I went about my day.