more good news on San Diego fires
By walterbays on Oct 27, 2007
SDG&E restored the power lines knocked out of service by the fires, so San Diego's power crisis is over. We're doing our little part too, with our solar panels restored to full production. That is, I made the trip up on the roof with garden hose, gentle soap, and soft brush on a long pole, to clean the ash off the panels. That was after lots of sweeping and scrubbing the balconies to remove the ash and gain access to the roof without tracking in more ash.
As I worked I heard music coming from many houses around the neighborhood, jazz, salsa, rock, children's Halloween music, all mixed together in a cacophonic mess - and sounding wonderful! It's the sound of a neighborhood come back to life, happy, and celebrating our escape from danger. And then I felt a drop of rain, then a light sprinkle. It probably won't even become measurable precipitation, but it's great news for the people still in danger from the fires, and the hundreds of firefighters still hard at work.. Though this little rain won't put the fire out, it means high humidity and a welcome change from hot Santa Ana winds.
AT&T is providing free WiFi in hundreds of locations across southern California to help people affected by the fires. I know how important this can be since our evacuation hotel had WiFi which allowed us to get the latest news on the fires and our neighborhood and friends. Thanks, AT&T!