"A Sad Tea Party"

2008
Nov
14

I was reminded at times how trivial my (and millions of other folks’) concerns are when the Tea Fire broke out near Santa Barbara yesterday at about 5:45PM and evacuations were called at 6:02PM. It’s burning houses in an officially-designated “upscale” area (Oprah has a place in the neighborhood that she rarely visits), but one Twitterfriend of mine told of how his aunt and grandmother were awaiting evacuation last night, and that ├╝bermench of political cartooning (whatever that means), Daryl Cagle, had to skedaddle with less than half his original art as the fire came within a few houses. I’m about 75 miles away from the fire, as the crow flies (almost 100 via Highway 101), and I’m starting to smell smoke. Not good for my semi-asthmatic tendencies. I’ve smelled the smoke from other wildfires in California this year, and I am aware enough of the “out in the boonies” location of the Wendellair to always be prepared for a quick evacuation. But having somebody you know driven out of house and home slaps you in the face with a different perspective.

Thanks for reading this. I will now return to trying to avoid taking anything seriously. I mean, what’s with the name “Tea Fire”? Did it start when somebody dropped a lit cigarette into a Lipton box? Okay, there’s a “Tea House” near where it started… yeah, a “Tea House” just outside Santa Barbara… explains the first crew of firemen acting like Bill & Ted. As for Cagle’s archive of political toons, I’m surprised some of them didn’t spontaneously combust long ago. Thanks, I’m here all weak.

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