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Mar. 12th, 2007 | 12:55 am
mood: moodymoody
music: Charlotte Martin

An early start to fire season in CA (March!) meant that my day at the big D with the young padawan and the princess-in-training was surreal. We stood in line for the Pirates of the Caribbean ride while flakes of white ash from the nearby Anaheim Hills fire drifted down onto the crowd. Lots of out-of-staters who looked up and said "Snow!" and then realized it wasn't.

The light was the wrong color.

The burning smell would come and go.

I've been around wildfires before, and this one wasn't really that close, but it was so strange. Just before you go into the Pirates building, you are standing above the back and forth of the queue. I looked down, and every person below me had at least one fleck of ash on their hair or shoulders. And we went about our business of recreation. The fire was outside, and we were inside.

I don't think this effect is only limited to certain amusement parks in Anaheim. Is it denial or resilience that allows us to go on when things around us are burning?

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from: fishywish
date: Mar. 12th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)

Dude! Nice to see you, or at least, the top half of your head.

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from: accordingto_ada
date: Mar. 13th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)

As I'm driving in NC I see white patches on the shoulders of the road and I go, "Snow! No wait, it's cotton." Then I travel to Wisc and I see white patches and go, "Cotton! No wait, it's snow."

Scary about the fires. I remember fires like that when we lived in Boulder, Colorado. Everyone was hosing down their roof. And my mother was having flashbacks to bombings in Europe in WWII.

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Ashes to Ashes

from: anonymous
date: Jun. 20th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)

As individuals we deny because to take the burden onto our shoulders as one would be more than any soul could bear. But to hear 'a call to arms' and become a collective force with others creates a resilience and a power very great. Oh what a mystery the human psyche is! Great leaders have found the secret path to stir the collective spirit.

Your Ashes to Ashes story was great. Thanks!

From one Karen M. Roberts to another

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