Vacation: The start of day one - The WhaleThe first leg of our vacation calls for a one way rental car from home to Redding, where we will pick up the Amtrak train. I called the car rental place the afternoon before I was supposed to pick up the car, and was informed that they
...did not have my car, or for that matter any rentals cars at all on the lot. They were waiting for a half dozen to be returned. I was not sure to get the type car I ordered, but they would find me something...
Deep breath. Ok. Please don't let it be a SUV that sucks gas like a, well, nevermind, just not a SUV, ok?
Here is a pic of the whale:
I called again the next morning, and guess what they had for me, that's right, you guessed it, a SUV. A monster SUV. Specifically, a Lincoln Navigator. Super luxury to be sure, but... I started to make unhappy sounds and the very nice woman (Jessica I think) at the Eureka Hertz location offered to knock $50 off the already AAA discounted rate for my original car choice. So I ended up with a deluxe SUV at intermediate prices, and they paid for all the gas (I ended up using $48 worth of gas from start to end). I have dubbed the car, "The Whale." It was actually quite a nice car, GPS, Sirus, Bluetooth, electric everything, rear camera, I kept finding new things every time I would flip a switch or open a panel.
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Well, the sheriff came around last night about 6:00 PM, and told us to
evacuate, They said we didn't have to if we didn't want to, but if we
were going to stay, they wanted to know it so they could identify the
bodies the next day.
Susan and I went out for the second of our six Center Arts shows, that are our anniversary present to each other. This time we saw Chick Corea, Stanley Clark and Lenny White. Three progressive jazz greats, that I have loved since high school in the 70s.We had dinner at Cafe Tomo's first.
After dinner we went to Arcata Scoop and got some ice cream. As I ate my fudge ripple, I watched as the owner made the Lime Sorbet for the next day.Then from there to the show in the Van Duser at HSU. We sat in the second row of the balcony for the first set, and moved to two empty seats in the front row of the balcony for the second set.
It was an excellent dinner, wonderful ice cream for dessert, and a great show. We should do this way more often. Of course if it was not for Ifipaan's sister, Lauria and her significant other, Joe, helping with watching Ifipaan, we probably could not do this at all. Thanks Lauria and Joe!
Here is the tweetgrid.com layout that I am using to monitor twitter for up to date info on the fire (lots of pics too). I think that this tweetgrid is the best source of raw, up to the minute information that I have found, give it a try! http://is.gd/2ES3L
I have been asked what search terms are used for the columns in the tweetgrid.com link, above (which you should feel free to modify).
1. La Canada OR Flintridge
2. La Crescenta OR Tujunga OR Sunland -handyman (the "-handyman" switch eliminates some annoying twitter spam)
3. "Angeles National Forest" OR "Station Fire" OR "Angeles Crest"
Likewise, there is an updating graphics engine at Twitcaps that will present you with photos and videos from around the web. I am using the search term "La Canada", please modify it to your town or even "station fire" for slightly different results. http://twitcaps.com/search?q=La+Canada
KNX1070 has streaming audio available and is doing fantastic job of covering fire, very current info. (and, it even works on my mac!) http://www.knx1070.com/
KABC is a great source of streaming video, @wilw (author/director/actor Wil Wheaton) on twitter sez "Thank you to @abc7 for being the ONLY local station covering the huge brushfire that's threatening homes in La Crescenta, where I grew up." http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/index
Live fire and police radio frequencies can be monitored streaming over web here (try the feeds with the most listeners first): http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?ctid=201
La Canada Flintridge city website has fire updates. Looks like they're posted hourly (mostly): http://www.lacanadaflintridge.com/
Insightful and information-rich blog of the fire from a firefighter's perspective. Great maps and satellite imagery. http://firefighterblog.blogspot.com/
Aggregated data collected by the Los Angeles Times and displayed in Google Maps http://tr.im/xknl
Mount Wilson Observatory Webcam (west view), LIVE! Updated every two minutes. http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~obs/towercam.htm
Mt Wilson Observatory Blog, lots of fire updates from their perspective: http://www.mtwilson.edu/fire.php
The LA County Fire Department website with tips for evacuations and safety during fire storm situations. http://www.fire.lacounty.gov/SafetyPreparedness/SafetyPrepFireStorms.asp
City of Glendale Emergency Opera tions Center fire information (lists evacuation info for La Crescenta): http://www.ci.glendale.ca.us/
Altadena blog begins to track fire updates as fire spreads in that direction. They have redirected a weathercam toward the approaching fire. http://www.altadenablog.com/2009/08/station-fire-continuing-updates.html
Directory of Glendale blog starts tracking fire updates: http://www.directoryofglendale.com/blog/headline/hourly-updates-la-canada-fli...
"The Real La Canada" friend feed is collecting information and stories about the fire from locals, check it out at http://friendfeed.com/thereallacanada
Another good list of resources, photos, and other information about the Station Fire from Susan Kitchens at 2020 Hindsight: http://www.2020hindsight.org/2009/08/29/station-fire-in-la-canada/
Excellent article about the the effects of this and other fires on the local residents by Kathy Kristof of CBS Moneywatch http://tr.im/xqtJ
This is Station Fire: http://twitpic.com/fx2f8
8/31/09 NEW LINKS:
As the fire spreads, there are new links that may begin to contain relevant information to those tracking the fires, such as:
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff incident news web site: http://incident.scvsheriff.com/news_room/
LA County Fire Department information: http://www.fire.lacounty.gov/
LA County Department of Public Works, Road Closure Info: http://dpwgis.co.la.ca.us/website/roadclosures/main.cfm
Phil Hulett of KFWB is back on the job, get breaking fire updates at http://twitter.com/philhulett/
TCN North Now: news about Glendale, Crescenta Valley, Burbank and La Cañada - summarizes some good local fire news coverage: http://tcnnorth.wordpress.com/
***Please note, this post is now closed. However, most of the links are to dynamic information sources that update periodically, and can still be of great value to anyone trying to stay on top of the fires.
I am checking out this Posterous blog engine. I like the ability to add a blog entry from e-mail!
here is a partial list of twitter addresses for some of the Gehr Family
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