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  1. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty October 9, 2017 12:45 pm

    Saw that this morning! It will be interesting to learn how so many fires got started all at once. Have not read anything about that yet.

  2. deLaune
    deLaune October 9, 2017 1:48 pm

    It sounds terrifying. I’ll take a hurricane any day.

    But I’ve had some first-hand experiences with media coverage of “newsworthy” events. It’s usually exaggeration seasoned with fabrication. Sometimes the other way around.

  3. Coyote Hubbard
    Coyote Hubbard October 9, 2017 2:43 pm

    A blind friend of my blind housemate lives in Napa with his dogs – I just saw this story and texted the roomie to see if he can get in touch with him as I dont have his number on my current phone.

  4. Claire
    Claire October 9, 2017 3:07 pm

    Coyote — I hope your friend is able to track down his friend and that all is well with human and dogs. That these fires came up so quickly and are so large and fast-moving that they required evacuations of hospitals and apartment buildings is truly ominous.

    I hope it doesn’t turn out that they were human-started. But given their nature, I wouldn’t be surprised.

  5. Coyote Hubbard
    Coyote Hubbard October 9, 2017 4:11 pm

    Claire – Havent heard back yet but hes at work (I had a 4 AM start this morn) and his schedule means he wont get the message till hes on the 4:20 (heh) ferry boat. I did drop a few E-Mails to mutual friends in the Bay area that know the guy as well to report back if they know anything or are in contact or can or are helping if need be.

    One of the dogs he has came from here. It was a Male Rottie that was a sweet dog if he was the only male dog in his “territory”. Caused too many issues with the established Shep and rehoming him there, since the friends old dog had passed a few months earlier and his other female dog would be no problem with the Rott was a perfect solution.

    Some nice country in that area. When I was working for a Contractor in the Bay area during the Dot.Com boom and spent a year around the Bay – till I got let go shortly after the Dot.Com crash – I got a one way rental car and drove back to Washington stopping in to visit the blind friend since about that same time his computer died, and that was his biggest connection to the outside world. So I spent about 3 days there, got him a new Motherboard, upgraded some other things on his PC mainly a better sound card, since “Screen Reader” apps are sound resource heavy for blind folks, at that time anyway.

    He introduced me to a small local chain of burger joints there called “Nations Burger”. Forget ‘In and Out”, forget “Fosters Freeze”… THAT to me was the burger for all else to aspire to… 8-P

  6. Claire
    Claire October 9, 2017 5:40 pm

    Coyote, thanks for the update and “local color.” What a great thing you did for that guy.

    I grew up with Fosters Freeze, but don’t remember their burgers at all; just their ice cream sundaes. Up here (or at least in Portland and vicinity), I hear the big thing is Burgerville, but I’ve never been. Sigh. Hazards of living in the middle of nowhere.

  7. Coyote Hubbard
    Coyote Hubbard October 10, 2017 10:17 pm

    So a little update here. Friend of housemate has another mutual friend in SF that the housemate called and he had a cell number for a neighbor and relayed that they are fine, but the power/network/phones are down. Neighbor has been checking on him from time to time and helping if needed. Says fires are close enough to be slightly worrying but not dangerous to that area of Napa right now. There is a safe evac center really close and a humane society shelter not to far from that whom is taking animals if need be.

    So far so good.

    Housemate decided to buy an “old school” Cellphone (they still make those old clunky phones, but these are made with voice prompts that are perfect for the blind) and great for emergencies. you pay like 50/60 dollars for one and get a bucket of minutes good for a year, and send it to him when the situation allows it.

    The old “One is None and two is One” thing. He really needs this since he relied on just the POTS service for phone service.

  8. Claire
    Claire October 11, 2017 7:13 am

    Glad to hear your friend is already and has backup plans — and friends with backup plans.

    I hope, if necessary, the humane society will provide temporary shelter. Some don’t.

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