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Homecoming

Barring an unforeseen change in conditions, my family’s houses are unscathed, and they’ve been allowed back home. Words escape me about how fantastic this is. The wind has died down considerably from what I’ve been told — let’s hope they stay down, so the firefighters have a fighting chance of getting this one under control.

I wish I could say the ordeal is over for everybody, though — there are still nearly a million evacuated, and they won’t all come back to their homes in one piece. Please continue to keep those families in your thoughts during a seriously trying time.

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Frightening situation in SoCal

As you’ve probably seen in the news, Southern California is being ravaged by wildfires. It’s a frightening situation, to be sure, and it’s hitting quite close to home: a good chunk of my extended family in San Diego has had to evacuate their homes. They’re going to a safe place closer to the coast, which is the important thing, but I can’t begin to imagine what they’re going through right now. Please keep everyone who’s affected in your thoughts — let’s hope that those terrible Santa Ana winds back off so the firefighters out there can gain some ground and save what they can.

UPDATE: Meryl Corant of WCBD interviewed me about the fires. It should be on at 6:00 tonight.

UPDATE 2: You can read and watch the story, which aired on the 6:00 news, on WCBD’s website. It’s well done, I think. Thanks for your support — I just got another update and indications are that things continue to be OK, so that’s a good sign. Here’s hoping for a change in the pattern soon…