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Sheila Fitzgerald

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  1. Sheila Fitzgerald

    The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    Paula, so sorry for your loss.
  2. Sheila Fitzgerald

    The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    Sari, he hadn't actually heard about it but said he'll have to go and watch the match. He's been spending most of his time studying and writing the last few months. They did watch some of blizcon this year on TV, but since he couldn't get tickets for all his friends, he didn't go this year (he could've gotten in, but couldn't have gotten the additional tickets for some of his close game buddies). Congrats to the new champ! I'm sure he's been working hard to get to that level and deserves the recognition.
  3. Sheila Fitzgerald

    The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    Bogs are much different than what we get. We have chaparral, and if we were to burn it all off, the wildlife would die. We'd have no animals in the wild. It's not the same terrain.
  4. Sheila Fitzgerald

    Bigstockphoto pending photos

    They actually emailed me back. If you have any apostrophe's or dashes in your description, the system won't take the image. so (for example) instead of "world's most popular" in the description, you'd have to change it to "worlds most popular" without the apostrophe and it should go through. Fixed all my issues and those are the only ones that still get stuck.
  5. Sheila Fitzgerald

    The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    We are having colder days here too. Hopefully some breezes will come in and clear the smoke too. Waiting for that off shore breeze... The air quality is upgraded to unhealthy rather than the red critical dangerous it has been. I have a box of the N95 face masks now though so I can use those when outside. New fire erupted last night in Rialto, which is more inland in San Bernadino county (Southern California). All grasslands in a dried up river bed next to homes. The people there started evacuating before anyone even came to tell them to do so. After the devistation at the other fires, I'm sure they didn't need a lot of prompting to get out. No homes burned so far but the winds were pushing it fast. it was 30 acres burned within an hour and when I got up this morning, it's tripled in size, but so far they have been able to save the homes. Unfortunately, the winds are pushing it that direction. They did do a fire break along one side, looked like along one of the freeways (this area is in the middle of a triangle of three freeways) but not sure they could do a fire break near the homes due to the direction of the wind. Although they did create dozer lines. The cost of these fires (just the fire fighting) is astronomical Need to get back in the flow of creating. I did shoot the Veteran's Day parade in the city over the weekend, but otherwise, not doing a whole heck of a lot lately.
  6. Sheila Fitzgerald

    December Shot List

    P.S., just adding humor to the conversation. Not trying to be argumentative
  7. Sheila Fitzgerald

    December Shot List

    My tomato on white got fairly popular. But then, it's a homegrown mutant tomato.....
  8. Sheila Fitzgerald

    The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    Laurin, that's way too close for comfort. I picked up some N95 masks yesterday in case it gets worse here. Oakland Hills are a hazard for us. So far, we've been lucky in that respect. As for power lines, if you lay them down before you put in housing, then it works fine. But digging up the roads and working around the sewer lines, water lines, gas lines, etc, it's more dangerous. Just doing resurfacing on our roads and fixing damage from tree roots, they have to have the city go in and mark where all the gas lines are first to prevent an accident from happening. So I don't see them spending the millions of dollars it would take to put the power lines underground. Plus, we have earth quakes. Having everything underground isn't necessarily a good thing. Lines breaking when the earth shifts is always a potential too. We live practically on top of a major fault line. Wendy, I've heard you guys do a lot of controlled burns. We used to do more (or at least I remember them doing them more frequently) but not so much anymore. But we also have a lot of "spare the air days" in the Bay Area. They'll actually fine you for using your fireplace or having an open fire outside during those times. We have a fireplace on our back patio that we've never used as well as the fireplace in the house that has never been used. I have used the grill though and they guy who came around doing a survey said those are generally exempt from the spare the air days since you're actually preparing food and not burning coal or wood (I have a gas grill).
  9. Sheila Fitzgerald

    The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    PG&E states they can’t afford the cost of the fires and will declare bankruptcy. They plan to pass the cost of any fines to the customers by raising prices. They’re still investigating it and determining how to proceed. Time will tell what they decide but something definitely needs to be done
  10. Sheila Fitzgerald

    The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    Maria, sorry if I came off as overly harsh. I am probably too close to the situation. The “drought” is not just a factor of consumption. There is very little rain the last 10+ years. I remember playing in the rain all the time as a kid. My kids rarely had the chance. If you don’t have rain, the rivers and lakes dry up. The ground water decreases because of use. Many wells run very low. You can’t replenish those. You need rain. The east coast on the other hand is getting hammered by rain and hurricanes. We don’t get hurricanes in California. Or tornados. We get earthquakes. We don’t get snow in most of the state. Only in the higher elevations, and that gives us water from the melt in the spring. It’s been over 200 days since we’ve had any rain, even light sprinkling. And as Sari mentioned, when we do get rain, the grasslands grow a lot but subsequently die off and create fire hazards. The info I’ve seen so far today is indicating the power companies are at fault for these fires the last few years. They have a monopoly, so no incentive to keep their service up to standard. They’re talking now about breaking up the monopolies on both sides of the state to improve the service and infrastructure. Personally, I think it’s a good reason to start going 100% solar. Although we don’t get as much sun in Northern California as they do in Southern California
  11. Sheila Fitzgerald

    The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    Maria, it has to do with climate change, not the terrain. The terrain has not changed since I've lived here. They are building more houses, but that's because there are so many people moving to california. As for flooding, not a usual event. We don't get much rain anymore. We will have some flooding in the basins and where wildlife is, but not usually in urban areas. Sometimes in the middle of Los Angeles after many years of drought and drainage system has been clogged up from debri and lack of use/maintenance, but we're more likely to have mud slides after a heavy rain after a fire because the root systems are no longer there to hold the hillsides up. You might want to do a bit of research before tossing strong opionions out there. Some of the fires are started by arson, and I'm sure they get a kick out of it when they go totally out of control due to high wind events. High wind events are the worst time for firefighters because there is simply nothing they can do but try to evacuate the area. Someone tried to start three fires in Golden Gate Park in the middle of the city last week. Fortunately, the firefighters were able to respond quickly and put them out before they got to any decent size. EDITED to add, it's looking like PG&E is responsible for this fire like the last two major fires as well. (In Northern California, not sure what sparked the So Cal one yet). https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Utility-emailed-woman-about-spark-problems-1-day-13385661.php?fbclid=IwAR02AtHALy5QsqJyROhbgXMeDU1KSBSA8q-rdgEEb33AfRgZCewBqK_IWyQ
  12. Sheila Fitzgerald

    The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    I don't think you realize, especially in the case of Malibu (sea side property with a view of the ocean), it's urban interface. NOT forrest. If you can't build on grasslands you have to build in the ocean. Patrick, yes. It's insane that opposite issues are happening in the country. It was the same last year. And they predict this will be the new "abnormal" as our Govenor is calling it, for the next 10-20 years. We need to work out better evacuation routes, etc. I hate to think what would happen if there was a fire on the island we live on. The bridges and one tunnel are impacted just with normal going to work traffic in the morning. It would be a disaster.
  13. Sheila Fitzgerald

    The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    In our area, you are fined by the city if you do not clear a fire line by (I believe) the end of April or May. At which time the city will clear it and and the fine you paid pays the people they hire to do it. They've gotten much more strict about that rule in the last few years. We've had a few communities near the foothills that were saved because they were cleared so the firefighters had a definsable line. So the rules are there. Not sure that'd help with the fire that tore through the middle of town in Paradise CA due to high winds. Not a whole he11 of a lot you can do about 60mph and higher winds pushing a fire at insane rates. And with changes in climate, we've had fire tornados (which they've been referring to as firenados). Saw a few of those on video and have seen the devistation first hand as my Sister in law and her husband live in Redding, which is where the last big fire was and we stopped when driving through to visit with them and her husband took me around to see some of the devestation.
  14. Sheila Fitzgerald

    The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    Ugh. Just got another one of those dreaded $1.50 video sales. So demoralizing.
  15. Sheila Fitzgerald

    The Hummer Thread Vol.2!!!

    Went out this morning and visibility today looks like it's less than a mile. Stay warm Sari! That sounds much too cold for me.
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