November 16th, 2008

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History In Smoke

The Santa Barbara Tea Fire has seen the loss of the first hot tub built in California. It also saw the destruction of the last Bohemian house, taking with it an important icon of both local history and the last example of a locally grown architecture.
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Turns out it was a really, really good thing we didn't go to Japan this November, since it now turns out that we'd have to cancel now. It's really funny the way things work out sometimes.
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Why You Keep A Land Line

This is particularly pertinent for people who live in mountainous/rural areas, but is good to know in general.

My friend Jan pointed out why you should always keep a land line: cell phones don't get Reverse 911 warnings. This system is used to alert people within a specific geographic area that they need to evacuate. It calls land lines only, not cell phones. Cell phones are not a reliable indicator of geographic location.

One of the reasons many people affected by the Tea Fire got out with only the clothes on their backs is because many of them didn't have land lines, only cell phones. So their first warning that there was a problem came when they looked out the window and saw the hillside opposite them enveloped in flames.