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Tuesday Morning Stupids and Mt. Diablo Fire

I woke up this morning to run my 3 miles on my treadmill. The power was out…

So I crawled out of bed and started to get dressed in the dark…

And then my 5:20 AM brain kicked in (and by kicked in, I mean a single thought went through) and I got all bummed because I would have to run in the dark…

One more single thought passed through my mind and I got even more bummed because I would have to run in the dark, without watching Boy Meets World…

And then reality finally slapped me in the face and I realized that no power = the treadmill will NOT turn on…and then reality called me an idiot so I crawled back into bed.

I am postponing my run till after work. Hopefully the power is back on because I will still have to run on my treadmill due to a local fire (poor air quality). I am not complaining (as I know that I am lucky), that was just my poor transition into my next topic…

If you’re a Californian, especially a bay area Californian, you probably have heard about the big Mt. Diablo Fire (now called the “Morgan Fire”).

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Photo taken by Kyle from his porch on 9/8/13
Photo taken by Kyle from his porch on 9/8/13

As of this morning, according to NBC, more than 700 amazing firefighters have contained 45% of the fire and said the size was “downgraded” to ~3200 acres (originally estimated 3700 acres would be burned).

Photo taken by Travis (Kyle's brother) from their house on 9/913
Photo taken by Travis (Kyle’s brother) from their porch on 9/9/13

Mt. Diablo is loved by us bay area residents. Runners, cyclists, hikers, rock climbers, campers- you name it, we all visit it. The 2 pictures below are from December 2008. Kyle and I went to Mt. Diablo because it had just snowed (the mountain gets occasional snow but it doesn’t usually stick for very long).

Photo Sep 10, 8 19 09 AM Photo Sep 10, 8 18 42 AM

The base of the mountain is only about a 10-15 min drive from our homes. Luckily for us, the fire is on the other side of the mountain. However, unfortunately 75 homes still remain in danger (down from an original 100 homes). I’m praying that no homes are lost, but more importantly no lives are lost. There have been 3 minor injuries so far (firefighters) and I’m hoping that’s all there is.

Thanks to all the men and women involved in any way; containing the fire, providing shelter to those evacuated, rescuing animals, etc.

Counting my blessings.

What are you thankful for?

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