Staying Indoors

As the wildfires continue to burn over 20 miles from my home, the effects are starting to begin.

First, it was already a warm day. As of this sentence it’s 86 degrees. Second, the smoke from the fires is starting to slowly creep its way down to Long Beach and the sky looks incredibly…bad. It’s not even blue nor gray–it’s yellow and casting an ugly yellow hue on the world around me. Along with that comes the overpowering smell of smoke and ashes falling all over the place. By tomorrow I’m sure everything will be covered in it.

Let these pictures give you an idea of what it looks like outside:

Looking over my neighbor's house. Click to embiggen.

Looking over my neighbor's house. Click to enlarge.

Spa cover with ashes. Click to enlarge.

Spa cover covered with ashes. Click to enlarge.

The sun. Click to enlarge.

The sun tries to shine through. Click to enlarge.

Note that these were taken about 30 minutes ago. Things have gotten worse since then. Looking out the window now, it’s getting even worse and more windy. Needless to say, we’re spending the day inside with the air running and windows shut. I don’t think there’s any reason we need to be going outside today. And I’m not saying it’s dark(er) outside, but we have the lights on in the house.

But before any of this started to happen we spent the day at Long Beach Airport for Wings Over Long Beach. You will see in the photos that at the time, the sky was still very blue and clear–nothing like now.

It was cool for Anthony to finally see the inside of a C-17, a plane his Grandfather worked on. He’s seen them from a distance all his life since some are still built here at Boeing in Long Beach, has seen them take off and land, but never been inside one. It was indeed an overwhelming experience for his little brain.

At any rate, pictures of the day’s events are here. Enjoy, and if you’re in Southern California, do yourself a favor and stay indoors and play some Wii or something 🙂

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The Weekend Plans

Alright, it’s finally here! We don’t have much on the slate this weekend but sometimes that turns out to be a good thing. It’s supposed to be in the high 80s both days so, um…welcome to Southern California in November!

About all we really have planned is to attend the Wings Over Long Beach event in celebration of Air Force Week at Long Beach Airport on Saturday, which is just a hop, skip and a jump away from our place and the in-law’s house. In fact we plan on parking at their place and walking to the event to save the hassle of parking in the lot and traffic.

I’m not saying it’s close, but here are some shots Ann took of a few of the planes arriving:



Okay, I shamefully admit to cropping these images, but you can see them very close (from an adjacent parking lot) on their approach. I’m sure it will be a day filled with tons of photo ops so check back tomorrow for a slew of images added to my Flickr account.

As far as Sunday goes, nothing is planned. Good!

Hey, you like squirrels? This one liked me a little too much! As you will see in the video* below, s/he followed me a good distance down the dirt path that leads to my train stop. When I noticed I was being pursued, I grabbed the trusty Kodak DX6490 and shot this clip:

Note that I was indeed walking backwards down the path which isn’t straight. It’s lined with shrubs on either side and the path winds back and forth the whole way, so I’m lucky I didn’t walk into anything (or anyone). I’m sorry I didn’t have any food for the little critter, but his friend fared well a month ago (from the Phone-Cam):


Yeah, I’m a sucker for these little guys. But when you see so many of them running around the middle of a corporate location on a daily basis, you can’t help but start to appreciate seeing them do their thing.

Have a great weekend!

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