August 11th, 2004

laszlo moholy-nagy_chx

Sun to Return Too Soon.

The heat should reach its peak today. Excited air will shimmer on the pavement, parched fields will crackle with exploding seed heads, still forest glades will be heavy with the scent of pine resin. Even the shaded vales with their sluggish streams will be sultry, their quiet broken only by the buzz of insects and the occasional fall of a wilted leaf. I will keep the house closed and dark, to hoard what little cool air has managed to find its way in by night. On days such as this will be, I don't like to venture out until evening. But now, before dawn, I will go out to see the smile of the crescent moon, recently risen, and the bright point of Venus, and listen to the lawn sprinklers. I hope for even the slightest breeze, that I might carry its memory fresh to my dreams.
laszlo moholy-nagy_chx

DOOM!

When I opened the drapes, the sky seemed a bit too dim. As I slept, unexpected clouds gathered. They are still thin cirrus clouds, but they cover a considerable expanse of sky. Then I noticed that some of the clouds in the southeast were a bit brown. I went out for a closer look, and saw that there is a fire burning, probably a couple of miles from here, along the edge of Feather River Canyon. It looks like a fairly big one.

Then I read in the paper that tonight is the Perseid meteor shower. Drat! Even if the clouds dissipate, the smoke from the fire will probably obscure the view. On the other hand, if the fire gets large enough, the whole town could burn down, and that would be much more spectacular than a few meteors. And it gets better. The first confirmed case of West Nile virus in Butte County was announced today, so if we all die in the fire, we can avoid dying of the disease! I'm determined to be optimistic about all this.
hindenburg

Update

There must be some wind up in the sky, because I can see the clouds drift slowly east. That's a good thing, since it is also keeping the smoke from the fire up against the mountains, even though the air down here is quite still. The clouds thinned for a while, but appear to be thickening again. We probably won't be seeing the meteor shower tonight. The fire doesn't seem to be spreading much, though, so there's probably a good chance I won't burn to death just yet. Whoopie.

Sluggo is very unhappy today. Even with the air conditioning on, he has crashed twice already. He might need maintenance. I'll do that, and watch for meteors in any gaps that appear in the clouds, and try to catch up on LJ tomorrow.