September 1st, 2014

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Video-Free For Almost Seventy Hours

The waxing crescent moon is setting and it has a faintly orange cast to it, which is what happens when there is smoke from a wildfire in the air. The fire is not nearby, though, but way the hell over in Mendocino County. It is now 97% contained, but apparently still making enough smoke to color the moon. It has been burning since July 30, but the wind didn't always send the smoke this way so I've tended to forget about it. Once in a while I've even been able to smell it. It's in a forested region, so it has a coniferous scent to it. I'm not sure if I'm smelling it tonight, though every now and then I catch what I take to be a slight whiff. That might just be my imagination going up in flames, though.

The weather got pretty hot today, and I'm glad I didn't have to go anywhere, especially down to the valley. It also got pretty boring today, and I'll be glad to get a replacement for my dead cable box tomorrow (assuming that it happens. It depends on transportation being available. No way am I paying Comcast an enormous service charge for a house call if I can avoid it.) Still, I haven't missed the television quite as much as I'd expected I would. It's been nice to sit and read, though holding the books has caused my hand to get cramps a few times. I'm just not used to holding books open anymore.

I'm still hoping we'll get some rain this month, though so far none is predicted. There have been rainy Septembers here in the past, so it's not unprecedented. It doesn't have to be a whole lot of rain— just a couple of drizzly days would be fine, and a misty night or two would not be unwelcome. If anybody reading has any pull with Poseidon, put in a word for us.