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Poking around Wilsonville- Early October

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It’s finally Fall.

I mean, okay. Technically September is also the Fall, but… the equinox was on 22-Sept, so that barely counts. And even then, the air hadn’t started crisping up, and the leaves hadn’t fallen into that beautifully crackly carpet on the sidewalk.

That’s the real sign of the Fall – and one of those many little reminders of how much I love this season. 2020’s been draining though, even though it’s my favorite time of year, and so I spent the first chunk of Autumn just laying low – hanging out at home, going to the gym, and taking nice walks down to the river near my house.

Forgive the lack of awe-inspiring mountain views, but please enjoy some of the little smiles. The day-to-day sights that bring a little bit of happiness to my life, and give me that little extra spring in my step as I crunch down on a perfectly dried out leaf.

Oregon Wildfires – the air was not good. Mid-September, 2020

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September, 2020

 

Man.

2020 is just… not great, man.

It’s scary – I saw someone say that we shouldn’t think of this year as the worst wildfires in a decade… but instead, think of them as the best wildfires for the next decade.  Every year, they get a little bit worse… hopefully we can reverse it, but realistically…

Well, let’s just simplify it and say that I’ll be buying a heavier-duty respirator, instead of the small one that I’ve got now.  Maybe one of those ones with a self-contained tank, or hip-filter or something?  We’ll see.  I’ll look on the fire-fighters supply store and see what I can source this coming Winter.

For now though, the fires burn, and I stay indoors.

From the 10th to the 17th, roughly, Wilsonville stood on the world stage as having some of the worst air quality in the world – top 10 for almost every day, and literal worst for a few hours on the 10th.  My worksite was closed that whole time, though thankfully I already have a working from home setup, so it didn’t affect my ability to get things done too harshly.

Physically, it was rough – headaches, light nausea, that sort of thing… but again, thanks to already having a full fridge and a good set of facemasks, I was pretty well protected from the ash and smoke.  I just stayed home, and did my best to not refresh the air quality page and the evacuation orders page too often.

 

There’s not much else to say, really… I took a few pictures to give some visuals to it… so sit back and enjoy this quick glimpse into what living on Mars will probably look like.

I guess, since we’re having so much trouble getting a manned mission to Mars set up … we’ve decided to bring Mars here?

Sorry, that was the only viable joke I could think of for this whole thing, so I had to fit it into the blog post somewhere.