We\’re actually in the midst of a cooling trend – today 102. Believe me, you can tell the difference between 102 and 113. We\’ll probably not get into the \’90s until Sept, so our North State weather is here to stay.
Navy, and his wife – they called Tuesday evening to let me know, that the 4th of July BBQ at their house is canceled. Their HVAC went out. They bought the house in January – an older home but everything had been renovated except the HVAC. They added a mortgage warranty so money is not an issue. They called the warranty company and the earliest they can get someone out there is July 16. Then they will have to call an HVAC company to come out to get bids – then they\’ll have to wait to be scheduled. This is the busy season for HVAC technicians. At 8:30 at night, their inside tempt was 97.
I realize the home warranty is nice to have (we don\’t have one) but to have to wait for them to give the OKAY would be frustrating. I told him to go out and buy a cheap little window AC so they at least have one cool room they can take refuge in while they wait.
Like every summer, we\’re inundated with fires. Every evening, one or two new ones ger reported. Mind you, these are not lightning-induced fires. 100% human-caused. Then you break it down – intentional or accidental cause. We all know the only lightning-induced fire is the big one at the base of Mt Shasta. The rest have been either a cigarette thrown off the interstate, a campfire, a faulty catalytic converter, and last night a mobile home caught fire in a wooded area and caught cars and treetops on fire. Last I heard, they have that out and thankfully it only spread to a few acres. They caught some teenagers starting a fire and that fire was put down after an acre. As I have mentioned before, we do have arsonists that live among us. They are supposed to be registered so that law enforcement can find them but we know how that goes.
Once again, we\’re trapped. Not yet surrounded like past fires, we just do not feel comfortable going on our little adventures into the woods and then a fire breaks out – not to mention, we don\’t want to stray too far away from our home. Thankfully, because most of the fires are to the north of us, there is no smoke.
Our city every year (except last year) does huge fireworks over the Sacramento River. They supposedly are safer – not to be a debbie-downer, I say if we\’re in a drought, why chance it? Counties to the south of us, sell fireworks to the public. That\’s just crazy. When I was a kid, I grew up on the coast and the 4th of July was usually socked in with fog. The neighborhoods would do their own fireworks out on their driveways and okay, I admit, it was fun. Then they outlawed them. My boys never knew the thrill of using sparklers – because the town over from us, had the big firework display and if we were not there watching them, we would sit on the front lawn and watch them from the comfort of our home. They did see sparklers one time when they flew back to see my parents who were living in Eastern Tennessee at the time and a couple of times, up in Medford Oregon, visiting cousins. So they were not deprived.
The schools should
indoctrinate educate the children on wildfires since it is a issue here. I mean, come on, they indoctrinate them on everything else. Just like the \”do not be a litterbug\” campaigns in the \’60s and \’70s. They need to start that up once again. So much litter on the roadways these days.
Uh oh…I\’m starting to feel a rant coming on. I\’ll say no more.