Wednesday, October 31, 2007

California Wildfires Vegas Connection

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Firestorm
The recent wildfires that blazed through San Diego, Orange, and Los Angeles counties had some eerie connections to Las Vegas. Whenever wildfires burn in California easterly winds bring souvenir smoke into the Las Vegas Valley. Smoke doesn't respect borders, and our sunny skies are tainted with the smoke and residue from the fires. We were given a bit of a break this time, at least early on when winds turned fickle as a new bride in a wedding chapel and blew the smoke westward over the Pacific Ocean. But after a few days, El Nino was back up to his bad boy tricks and wind covered the Vegas Valley. It is all clear for now.
The fires brought other connections to Las Vegas. Tanya Tucker reportedly was in Las Vegas when her Malibu home was evacuated. Her daughter Presley who was in Malibu, gathered up the four dogs and high tailed it out of there.
As often happens during such disasters, Las Vegas firefighters joined other Nevada and regional firefighters and headed lock, stock, and firetruck to Southern Cal to fight the flames. Many Las Vegas residents, including entertainers have homes in the affected area, others have family. In typical fashion, Las Vegas residents opened their hearts and weallets to help. Some hotels offered discount rates to displaced families and many community groups and churches organized drives to help those affected get back on their feet.
A strong bond exists between Las Vegas and Southern California. Literally that is I-15 but many residents of both locations feel equally at home in each. In fact one man boasted to me that he left LA for Vegas in a $ 60,000 Lexus and rode home in a $ 300,000 Greyhound.
Dr. Forgot

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