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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 22, 2014 at 11:20am

I like that religion post, Mindy.

Today is a good day to stay inside and relax with the A/C.  Hot and humid outside.  I will be going out to get my hair cut, stop at Walgreens, the dry cleaners and then the grocery store.  All are within 1 block of my house.  Nice and handy!

Comment by booklover on July 22, 2014 at 8:35am

Comment by booklover on July 22, 2014 at 8:33am

Good Tuesday morning to you Friends. :)  My daughter is at her University, where she is an Art Camp counselor, and art teacher.  It's her dream job.  Too bad she only gets to do it one week a year!  My husband and son are at work.  I am here with my sick dog and 4 cats, one of which will be moving with my daughter in 3 weeks.  I am just going to relax today and do a little housework.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 4:47pm

When the fire fighting crews return from a blaze, many of them have lost so much water that their eyes look sunken. They wear very heavy protective garments and in high heat with extreme physical exertion, they are exhausted, literally. 

Firefighters on the front lines of Carlton Complex

This is the Okanogan Forest fire in central WA state. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 4:39pm

Felaine, re: Rare Florida forest set to be leveled for a Walmart and Chik-fil-A, I wonder if Walmart and Chik-fil-A are aware of the rising ocean? Wouldn't that be a great joke on them if they got flooded out. I hope no one sells them sea level rise insurance. They should accept all the risk, not the people who pay the bills when things go wrong. But a tragedy to squander such a forest on stuff and junk. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 4:32pm

However, the smoke is dreadful!. The Okanogan Forest is in the middle of the state. Spokane is very near the Idaho border in eastern Washington state. The prevailing winds come from the west. However, with these variable winds, Williwaw". This is the correct spelling. Our situation doesn't fit the definition of 

"In meteorology, a williwaw is a sudden blast of wind descending from a mountainous coast to the sea. The word is of unknown origin, but was earliest used by British seamen in the 19th century. The usage appears for winds found in the Strait of Magellan, the Aleutian Islands and the coastal fjords of the Alaskan Panhandle, where the terms outflow wind and squamish wind are also used for the same phenomenon."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williwaw

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 3:43pm

Ruth, no, the Spokane area isn't close to the Okanogan Valley where all those fires are burning. We do have close fire allegedly started by three men in a yellow pick-up shooting off explosives. The wind is like what my grandmother called a "Willowa", winds that shift and come from all directions. I can't find it by Googling, and I may have misspelled it. However, that is exactly what is happening. 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 20, 2014 at 2:45pm

You beat me to it, Ian.  I was about to post that edition of Non Sequitur until I saw that you already had it up.

Anyone here get the feeling that Wiley is an atheist?!?

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 2:43pm

Ruth, what an awful looking heat map. Makes me want to crawl underground and stay there until the smoke clears. That is a tremendous amount of the country under threat of drought and fires. 

My electric bill has gone down substantially since installing the new furnace. My water bill will be higher than last summer. Oh well, win one, lose one. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 20, 2014 at 2:26pm

Have a great time with your family, Joan. I was looking at the extent of the Carlton fire. Is your home anywhere close to the perimeter?

 

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