Friday, November 30, 2018

Out & About with #RandomThoughts As The Mad Dash to 2019 Begins....

As the Month Ends, I decided to pick up some Random Thoughts of all that I ran across during the Month working away on projects and challenges.  It was quite a month. 
I look forward to December in spite of the on-going challenges: 

I was also thankful as I saw reports earlier in the week was how the Camp Fire was contained.  These Statistics reported out by Scott Lay of the Nooner was absolutely shocking: 

FIRES: Two more fatalities were discovered in the Camp Fire and the number of people reported missing stands at 563.  
  • Camp Fire: 83 fatalities, 13,631 single-family residences, 275 multi-family residences, 514 commercial destroyed; 153,336 acres; 90% contained
  • Woolsey Fire: 3 fatalities, 1,500 structures destroyed; 96,949 acres; 100% contained (no longer being updated as CALFIRE has left incident command)
#1 Camp Fire (Butte): 83 deaths (November 2018) - active fire
#4 Tubbs Fire (Napa/Sonoma): 22 deaths (October 2017)
#11 Redwood Valley Fire (Mendocino): 9 deaths (October 2017)
#14 Carr Fire (Shasta/Tehama/Trinity): 7 deaths (July 2018)
#15 Atlas Fire (Napa/Solano): 6 deaths (October 2017)
(source: CALFIRE plus Camp Fire incident update; as of 11/21/18) 
#1 Camp Fire (Butte): 14,420 structures destroyed (November 2018) - active fire
#2 Tubbs Fire (Napa/Sonoma): 5,636 structures destroyed (October 2017)
#7 Carr Fire (Shasta/Tehama/Trinity): 1,604 structures destroyed (July 2018)
#8 Woosley Fire (Los Angeles/Ventura): 1,500 structures destroyed (November 2018) - active fire
#9 Nuns Fire (Sonoma): 1,353 structures destroyed (October 2017)
#10 Thomas Fire (Ventura/Santa Barbara): 1,063 structures destroyed (December 2017)
#14 Atlas Fire (Napa/Solano): 783 structures destroyed (October 2017)
#20 Redwood Valley Fire (Mendocino): 546 structures destroyed (October 2017)
(source: CALFIRE plus Camp Fire incident update; as of 11/21/18)
THIRTEEN MONTH TALLY (only from top 20):
  • Fatalities: 120
  • Structures: 26,905 structures destroyed (excluding "minor structures" i.e. guest houses/"granny" units, barns)
Law firm Morrison & Foerster has prepared a handbook for individuals, families, and organizations affected by the fires. I've looked at it and it is comprehensive and definitely not a sales pitch. The firm provides it pro bono and it is current as of 11/20.

It was also quite a week as another Earthquake hit Western Iran.     I caught this tribute to Iran which is a beautiful song in Farsi that pays tribute to that land:

Onward to December with all its' possibilities...

Thursday, November 22, 2018

On This Thanksgiving 2018.....

I could not believe that it has been almost a month since I wrote in my "Corner" here.   It has been a profound month in many respects as I took stock of all that I'm thankful for--and I could not think of a better way than to headline this brief retrospective with Peanuts as I pay homage to all the Mothers of Gaza, the strikers in Iran, all who are imprisoned for Freedom around the World--including Nasrin Soutodoeh in Iran and the reporters in Myanmar--and salute the longest political prisoner in Iran, Mr. Abbas Amir Entezam, as I read excerpts of his autobiography recently.     

There is a lot to be thankful for as I reflected upon our World with images from my Daily "Virtual Rounds" Around the Grid-Onward to a new Month & a New Year

Happy Thanksgiving!!