Regarding the smokey air from the so-called "Camp Fire" forest fire in Northern California in November 2018.
This may seem counter-intuitive, but I grew up in a house with a man who insisted on having a roaring fire
in the fireplace, most Winter nights.
The house routinely smelled like woodsmoke, and I suppose the "air quality" was probably not the best.
I would be the last person to think that these fires are anything but a tragedy to the planet, and to humanity in general.
But everyone going around wearing masks and saying "tsk tsk" has become more of a social cliché.
The dangerous air part is clearly being over-stated, in my EVHO (ever so humble opinion).
The underlying narrative will ultimately involve determining the actual cause, which now appears to have been another PGE snafu. That's the real issue.
My wife's boss lost his big home in Paradise--house, barn, entire contents. Everything. Someone needs to answer for that, and it may be that the utility crisis will devolve into local jurisdictions, since corporate oversight seems to have been completely abandoned by the Pee Genie.
1 part Pisco
1 part limoncello
1/2 part lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon amaretto
Served over the rocks, and stirred.
3 parts aquavit
1 part cinnamon liqueur
1/3 part creme de menthe
1/3 part black Sambucco
1 part fresh lime
Shaken and served up with lime skin garnish.
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