September 25th, 2021

laszlo moholy-nagy_chx

Reset Thirty-Four, Day Ten

Friday brought more intermittent whiffs of smoke, apparently from a new fire that started late Wednesday afternoon in Shasta County, north of Redding. It's already burned almost 9,000 acres and is only 10% contained, which means it's likely to be with us for quite some time. Upwards of 10,000 people have been evacuated from areas quite near the fire, and about 20,000 more could be in danger. It's in the area southeast of Shasta Lake, which means if it spreads south it could reach the northern suburbs of Redding. This one has the potential to get quite nasty.

But it's going to get a little bit cooler again for a while. The forecast shows no highs in the nineties until a week from Sunday, though the lowest high will still be a balmy 76 on Tuesday. It's going to get down into the fifties every night for the next week, and there's even a 16% chance of rain on Monday. I don't really expect anything to come of that, But it would be nice if it did (minus lightning, of course.)

Soon I'll be needing stuff from Trader Joe's. I miscalculated my chocolate consumption, and that's one of the things I really don't want to run out of. I can go several days without orange juice or donuts, as long as I have substitutes, but I think I might not survive beyond three days without that particular variety of chocolate. Maybe only two. The withdrawal symptoms are horrific. The fatality rate is something like 82%. I'm pretty sure Dr. Fauci said that. What I have on hand will last through Monday, if I use it sparingly. If I can't get someone to pick some up for me, I'll probably cut off the toe with the ingrown nail so I can walk on it and hobble over there on my own. It won't be pretty.

I spent a few hours of the night watching videos of clips and outtakes from Absolutely Fabulous on YouTube. It was a fit of nostalgia. They happen. I also ate some toast with apple butter, another fit of nostalgia, and now I've got indigestion that might keep me awake today. That part never makes it into the fantasies that drive the nostalgia. Too late for second thoughts now. I'm going to munch a few raw almonds with my chocolate ration and see if that helps. Sometimes it does, though I have no idea why. I'm glad all the almond groves haven't died from the drought yet.