Update at 3:20 pm: the smoke has mostly cleared now. We believe the fire at I-8 and Los Coches was the source of the smoke.
Original post: Just went outside to fire up the grill, and immediately noticed the strong smell of smoke. In a broad smear to the WNW of our home there is moderately thick smoke.
The CalFire twitter site notes a fire in La Cresta, near I-8 and Los Coches; that may be the source. The Lyons Peak cameras on HPWREN aren't telling me anything.
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Saturday, August 17, 2013
From the Weekly Standard, Matt Labash writing about the “Brony” phenomenon:
But Bronies represent a novel variation on the theme: Like so many American men, they wish to be forever suspended in childhood. Except this time, they want to be 6-year-old girls. Bronies have, in fact, come to embody what pop sociologists call the New Sincerity Movement. The thinking goes that the smirky ironic detachment of recent decades—pretending to embrace low-culture totems for laughs—has grown stale. Now that the Internet has fragmented the culture into a million pieces, helping every maladjusted shut-in to realize his natural level of eccentricity, the only way for a self-respecting hipster or a Zuckerbergian alpha-nerd (the tribe that now runs the world) to distinguish himself is to enthuse over his enthusiasms without detachment or apology. Even if that means grown men writing Twilight Sparkle fan fiction or cutting bad electronica songs with titles like, “I Might Be a Brony.” You might find it funny, but they’re not joking.Read the whole thing, then weep for my country...
But it reminded me of a surprise Debbie and I got a few months ago. I've forgotten the context, but somehow we were on the road, headed home late at night, and hungry. We didn't want to take the time for a sit-down meal, and the only fast food places we knew were closed. So we decided to grab a burger or something at McDonald's.
We hadn't looked at a McDonald's menu in years and years – and really didn't expect to do so ever again. I saw couple of things on the menu that sounded appealing: a chicken-and-bacon wrap, and a mango-pineapple smoothie. So I ordered them.
They were quite good. Surprise!
I've had that same combination a couple of times since then, and I still have the same reaction: a convenient and inexpensive treat on the road.
Now, mind you, I don't think the wrap and smoothie are the best in the world. I'd prefer more have more dark chicken meat, a bit more bacon, and the smoothie not quite so sweet. But for the modest price and consistent quality, I'd say it was quite a bargain.
So to my own surprise, I'm now an occasional patron of McDonald's...