|life destroyed by wild fires, sprouting a new shoot nearby|
Growing up in Beijing, November meant heavy jackets, cooling winds, falling leaves and occasional drizzles. Friends living in Colorado, Chicago and New York have all shared fantasy level autumn leaves situations and tales of how crisp cool airs brought refreshment from the sweltering summers. However, here in Southern California, rather than the arrival of a proper autumn (as reported by "the Bag Lady" from UK), we have the year's first heat wave and the Santa Ana condition.
It is actually not a saintly lady wearing flowing dresses bearing judgments. It is a hot wind that comes around whenever it feels like, though more commonly in October though December months. The arrival of Santa Ana usually brings a few things:
- Dry hot wind blowing away all clouds and any other semblance of moisture,
- Air conditions across southern California going into overdrive,
- One or more power shortage or outages (brown or blackout),
- Fire hazard warnings or an outright wild fire as was the case of 2007 that spread through the area and consumed hundreds of homes
Santa Ana, like all things in life, offers up a plate of sweetness with a warning. Why not find a good toothbrush and savor without fear? I say goodbye to Carla and head to the beach, sans wet suit. Life is good.