Gargh! Irvine is a Towering Inferno!
For those of you concerned (and you should be, at least about the air quality), UC-Irvine is thousands of acres of city and two freeways away from the fire (currently at nearly 9000 acres), and everyone here is safe and only annoyed that it feels like we’re swimming around in a campfire. The only thing burned is some of the OC’s last remaining wildlife–the Irvine Spectrum Center, the megachurches, and Donald Bren’s various other outlets of evil (not to mention TBN) all remain unharmed (THANK GOD, er…yeah). I don’t know if it’s just the alarmist news or what, but they are saying the fire here in the OC (which is one of at least four massive conflagrations in SoCal–God really, really hates Southern California, I guess…and I can’t blame Him) is the result of arson, to which I say–wha? Who the fuck would *do* that? As far as I know, I am the only person who lives in Orange County and actually hates it, and I value my air quality and the wilderness and, oh, I don’t know, not living in a towering inferno. Everyone else here just luuuurves it, so who would set it on fire on purpose?!?!?
Anyway, http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Portola+Pkwy,+CA&geocode=&dirflg=&daddr=6300+Adobe+Circle+Rd,+Irvine,+CA+92617&f=d&sll=33.705777,-117.717819&sspn=0.148517,0.318947&ie=UTF8&ll=33.674905,-117.775405&spn=0.06115,0.11541&om=1&output=embed&s=AARTsJrdp2kVT9GN-QoFOsjyzcsn5KuK1Q<br /><small><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Portola+Pkwy,+CA&geocode=&dirflg=&daddr=6300+Adobe+Circle+Rd,+Irvine,+CA+92617&f=d&sll=33.705777,-117.717819&sspn=0.148517,0.318947&ie=UTF8&ll=33.674905,-117.775405&spn=0.06115,0.11541&om=1&source=embed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small>”>here is a Google Map showing where the fire border is and where I am. For the next few days I will be spending as much time as possible in my climate-controlled office (which, let’s face it, I could use anyway, as I have some work due this week). I have some fellowship applications in the works for next year, and the year after I am hoping to finish my dissertation remotely, so this may, if I am lucky, be my last year of Hell on Earth.
PS I was exaggerating about the asbestos. My housing doesn’t have asbestos. But my friend Eric’s does! Ha ha!