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Woke up this morning to the smell of forest fire. Guys, they're awful and they're 4 hours away from me. My bro and sis in law have had suitcases packed, ready to flee if they move north. Here's a link where you can see the flames in SPACE. Space flames, I call it - that's my new band name. Ugh. There are so many people offering space to livestock, it's helping me believe in humanity some. (A teen arson started the big one in Bastrop. HAAAAATE.) Here's a video showing how fast they spread. If that doesn't freak you the hell out...

This is the WORST summer in Texas, guys. Months and months of this. RAIN RAIN, PLEASE COME HERE, RAIN.

It's getting to be more and more Klaine in the Glee recaps, for those so inclined. (I also fawn all over Noah Puckerman, because I have eyes. Unf, he's delicious.) Today is "Silly Love Songs," with the infamous Gap Attack. Tomorrow is a big day, you'll not only have more Glee (WAIT, DON'T GO!) but there will be Top Chef: Just Desserts and Project Runway.

It is SO NICE outside, if you don't mind the campfire smell, so I'm going to take my Kindle and a beverage and recline on an outdoor chaise and be so grateful that I'm not bursting into flames.

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brunettepet
Sep. 7th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
The smoke is thick here, too. The Bastrop fire is about twenty miles southeast of Austin and after three days it's only 30% contained. I had no idea it was started by an arsonist. So much hate on right now. Hundreds of people have lost everything.

stoney321
Sep. 7th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
I can just imagine how bad it is there! The Possum Kingdom fire is responsible for our smoke, but that one is nowhere near as bad as the one in Bastrop.

Can you believe that? I saw that headline this morning and had to walk away, I was so mad.
ladycyndra
Sep. 7th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
HOLY CRAP!!!! O_O Time to go out there and DANCE for the rains to come. RAIN! WHERE ARE YOU RAIN?? WHY MUST YOU IGNORE US?? x_x
stoney321
Sep. 7th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIN!
menomegirl
Sep. 7th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
I hope you guys are okay. I was wondering how close y'all were to it.
stoney321
Sep. 7th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
I'm about 60-70 miles from the closest one up north, but we have family and friends that are right in the line of fire, so to speak. It's so dry here that the flames just walk across the ground, it's frightening.
menomegirl
Sep. 7th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
*nods* It was that dry here but we had a lot of rain over the weekend.

I hope everyone stays okay. It's horrible.
dancetomato
Sep. 7th, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
I've been watching the news about the fires and the drought and sincerely wishing I could send our rain your way.

In much less important news, Eddie approves of your icon.
stoney321
Sep. 7th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
I wish you could, too. Poor animals and farmers and regular suburbanites. They are EVERYWHERE. :(

Oh, Eddie, I will always love you.
gottriplets
Sep. 7th, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
I am sorry for the fires and I hope they stay far, far away from your brother!

It made my day to see that Silly Love Songs is up....off I go...
stoney321
Sep. 7th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
ME, TOO.

YAY!! Oh, the KLAINE. (And please tell me you've read or bookmarked to read flaming_muse's latest fic.)
gottriplets
Sep. 7th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
Of course! As soon as they post ANYTHING I read it!!
strtmyorange
Sep. 7th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
Been thinking about you, yours, and all my friends & family in Austin & Dallas. Horrible. Hoping that you all stay safe. And hoping you get that rain!

My Eddie also approves of your icon's awesomeness!
stoney321
Sep. 7th, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that - I hope they can get them under control before the winds pick back up this weekend. Oh, RAIN! That would solve most problems, for sure.
stephanierb
Sep. 7th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)

I've been reading about the fires, but I didn't know it was a teen arsonist that was responsible. That makes me shake with rage when I think about the damage they have caused. Just awful.

I hope you get a reprieve soon, not just from the fires, obviously, but from the drought as well.
stoney321
Sep. 7th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
This is new information being shared today - and apparently it's FOUR teens. Oooooooh, they are in so much trouble, omg.
adamolupin
Sep. 7th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
One of my good friends is from Bastrop. Her whole family still lives down there on the same block. She found out Monday that everything they owned is gone.

But she said it was a downed power line. Or was that only speculation and the real cause was an asshole with matches?
stoney321
Sep. 7th, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
According to the latest news there are FOUR teens being hunted for starting the Bastrop fire. 2 girls and 2 boys. SO AWFUL.

Oh, your poor friend, I'm so sorry for her and her family!!!
dovil
Sep. 7th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
Get you and the family in the pool and stay there. Not because of the flames, but because it's such a nice pool.

But may you and yours be safe (and theirs and them) and I cross my eyes for you for luck.

(Hang some meat on the washing line for that great smokey taste!)
stoney321
Sep. 7th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
I think that sounds like a fine plan.

Oooh, that's good thinking! Or maybe I should go drive behind the fire and pick up roasts?
entrenous88
Sep. 8th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)
So scary! I've been thinking of you all and hoping it hasn't impacted things too much for you, and of course that the state is able to get help as quickly as possible to those facing damages and evacuation and other issues.
txvoodoo
Sep. 8th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
We ran out to Walgreens today and I put up my head and sniffed. I can't BELIEVE I can smell it here.
comedyquiche
Sep. 8th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
Maybe we can send some of TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR you way. Seriously, I live in south central PA and we are having record, epic flooding! Talk about dichotomy between the north and south, yikes.
nijireiki
Sep. 8th, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
It sounds shitty to be like, "Thank goodness for hurricane season," but yeah. Florida & Georgia had a shitty wildfire summer, relatively speaking (being coastal states and all), and I was congested most of the summer because of it. Smokiness and particulate matter from all the lovely Southern plants my Northern sinuses recoil in terror from. Fun!

Ugh, wildfires can be so, so shitty, though, in all seriousness. I heard you guys' state fire departments' budgets were cut by 75% in the past year, too. IT'S TEXAS, WHAT WERE THOSE LEGISLATORS THINKING?!
chrryblssmninja
Sep. 8th, 2011 05:56 am (UTC)
I hope you guys get some rain soon!
firesprite1105
Sep. 8th, 2011 07:50 am (UTC)
WHAT? It was started by an arsonist? I am so pissed. That's fucked up. There were a few smaller fires started by arsonists in Austin earlier this week, and I just cannot even... : /
tabaqui
Sep. 8th, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
Started by *arson*? On *purpose*? Omg. That's just.... I mean, i can't even. Jayzus.

Hope your brother and sis -in-law don't have to flee. Sheesh!
*sends rain vibes*
roonilwazlib6
Sep. 8th, 2011 12:35 pm (UTC)
*sends rain down from Upstate NY*

I am stranded today and can't get to work because of the flooding -- whole counties are closed. I live near Schoharie, the place where homes were just completely washed away.

PLEASE TAKE THE RAIN, TEXAS!
nemesisstar
Sep. 8th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
I hope the forest fires stay far away from you! I've been watching the news and it's just awful. I can't imagine how scary that must be.

In other news, I just had to tell you how awesomesauce your icon is! Lovelovelove!! Cracked me up. The hubby and I watched a Star Wars marathon this past weekend...straight-up nerds in my house, yo. ;o)
judetwee
Sep. 8th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
I'm in Austin and there's a dim haze all over the city. Lots of people are opening their homes to friends and the local businesses are taking donations of household supplies for the people who've been evacuated.

Also, I just wanted to let you know that the Leander fire is the one suspected to have been started by the four teens (they were seen fleeing the area the fire started in at the time the fire started, so of course they're suspects at the moment). There aren't any other definitive causes I've heard about for the other fires, including the one in Bastrop. They've got a big airplane waiting for someone to pilot it to dump water and fire retardant on the fires.
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