Upsetting
Monday, October 27, 2003
 
A small plane had to crash-land on the 163 yesterday, and today an emergency helicopter had to set down at a high school in Clairemont. The sky is falling with these fires, and all the politicians can think to do is blame each other for not handling the blazes better.

I guess man does find his true character in times of crisis.

It' still orange and gray outside, but the ash is the air is much thicker than it was yesterday. I haven't watched any TV, so I don't really know the latest. A friend called and said that at least one of the network affiliates has gone back to soap operas, so I guess FIRESTORM 2003 has lost a little of its sex appeal.

Most of the schools in San Diego are closed today, and I think all of the universities -- SDSU, USD, UCSD, Cal State-San Marcos -- are shuttered for business. The streets are still quiet, and those people walking around are wearing their Kyoto dust masks.

The people who don't drive big trucks with American flags all over them are not throwing their garbage into the streets today. The big-truck people are pitching in to the cause today, too.

I think in difficult times Americans have a tendency to try to over-help thy neighbor. It's like we sit in our rooms all year long being told how we hate each other and don't want to get along, that when a true TIME OF NEED comes up, we go crazy in our subconscious efforts to prove that we really do care about each other.
 
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