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On Wildifires and Evacuations IV

When using the La Quinta Woodburn as your base of operations while trying to flee wildifres which are burning about a million acres of the state you live in certain things come into focus:

So we whiled away the days and nights in our hotel room, keeping an eye on where the fires and smoke were going, staying in touch with friends and coworkers trying to escape said fires and smoke, watching cable TV for the first time in years - good gravy, the commercials! so many commercials! - and trying to get some work done while wondering if we'd have a house to go back to.