Yes, We’re Safe
This text was originally posted on Facebook much earlier this morning:
Good morning everyone. Up at 3:30 doing what all old men do at 3:30 in the morning, but today I stepped outside on the patio to check news and give the insomniac neighbors a peek of my favorite boxers. The moon is sitting in the sky right where the plume of smoke from the San Marcos fire was when I went to bed. I can see stars in every direction on a cloudless night and have smelled more smoke from neighbors fireplaces and smoking than I do from the fire. Yes, we’re less than two miles from the fire zone, but we’re also less than a quarter mile from the place to which those people are being evacuated. We’re safe, and Randy’s sleeping peacefully. I’ve woken to far worse mornings.
We got to see much more when we took Diego out for his walk. There are some smoke plumes to the south, all blowing away from us and nothing as dense as it was yesterday. So far, at least as it impacts us, this is nothing like the 2007 wildfires. There are no layers of ash, and even at its worst the smoke is barely noticeable.
Drinking too much coffee this morning, when I really should be on decaf. Need a zen moment or twelve. Its nearing the end of the month, and the end of the year for that matter, and I’ve been contemplating the Business of Law™.
Every year there’s a slump through the holidays. Competing for people’s money with christmas bonuses (the business clients) and christmas presents (the personal clients) is just futile. That chubby guy in the red suit gets it all. Looking at the numbers this year though, it didn’t start at Thanksgiving – it started during the wildfires. The checkbooks were thrown into the evacuating cars along with the passports and treasured photographs, and that’s that.
The numbers are really reinforcing some conversations I’ve had recently about local legal industry layoffs and a discussion over Thanksgiving about a major insurance carrier doing an out-of-state relocation. Maybe it’s just the winter SAD kicking in, but I’m not that optimistic about the local economy. I’m beginning to think this this will be a domestic issues election in 2008, with Why didn’t war in Iraq bring us cheap gas? replacing Why war in Iraq? as a key question. Be interesting to see when the candidates pick up on this: before or after the Christmas shopping season plays out? Does any candidate have the cajones to say Don’t shop, save, dark skies ahead? If a front-runner said it, would it end up being a self-fulfilling prophesy dragging down the retail sector even further?
Yep, way too much caffeine this morning.