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Smoke and garages

There are several wildfires in near the coast of North Carolina. Yesterday the winds started blowing gently from the east and carried all of that smoke to the triangle and triad areas. Wednesday night I noticed the moon was a dark orange in the sky and was really surprised how much pollution was in the air until I was reminded of the fires.

Thursday started out OK, but there was a definite odor in the air. Throughout the day the visibility out our windows got worse and worse. I think it got down to 1/2 mile late in the day and the odor hit you strong when you stepped outside. I left my car HVAC on recirculate the entire way home. Even the sun was mostly obscured.

The smoke continues this morning until the winds shift around to blow this stuff out of here. All of this reminds me of the fires in San Diego a few years ago when I flew in there for a conference. Those conditions were MUCH worse as there was ash everywhere. We just have smoke here.

Service guy from Wayne Dalton (makers of the garage door and torsion bar) came out this morning to fix my garage door mechanism. As I suspected, it was the torsion bar. Service guy said the spring was warped inside and had to replace that entire part. Garage door opens and closes beautifully now (I don't think it ever worked that smoothly since I bought this house 10 years ago). Only took him about an hour and total cost was $170--not too bad and service was excellent.



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Jun. 13th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
I heard you guys were having a "Red Alert" or "Red Flag" or something starting with "Red" day down there today due to all the fires. It also reminded me of that surreal time in San Diego with the ash.

Hope you guys are okay.
Jun. 13th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
I think it's called a Code Red on the Air Quality Index for particulate matter. We did have a dense smoke advisory earlier, but they canceled it when the winds shifted taking some of the smoke away. It's definitely better today, but that could change with the winds again.

I'm also concerned about encampment coming up in a week. Here we are 150 miles away from the smoke. In Cherry Point we will be within 50 miles of the fires. Just something we need to keep an eye on.
Jun. 13th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
Happy Friday, Mr. Chipper!
Sorry to read about the fires in NC. California has entered "fire season" with several smaller fires to date.

Congratulations on getting your garage door repaired. $170 sounds like a deal. I had a Martin garage door and opener installed before the MINI was delivered. I'm very happy with it!

Have a great weekend, handsome Joe!

Edited at 2008-06-13 03:16 pm (UTC)
Jun. 13th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
These fires are unique in that the fire has gone deep into the ground where it continues to burn the roots and other vegetation. It's like an insulated, smoldering fire beneath the earth now, so it generates lots of smoke and they are very hard to cool down by the fire department.

As for the garage door, this is my first house with one and I pamper my baby (BMW 325xi) in it. It was weird parking it in the driveway the past few days. It felt so exposed. :p

Next house needs a bigger garage though. Hope you have a great weekend, too, sweetie!

Jun. 13th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
yeah so far today the air seems better, yesterday afternoon was just downright nasty. You got big weekend plans?
Jun. 13th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
No really big weekend plans. I've got dinner with rtptodd and then some CAP training I need to do tomorrow afternoon in Burlington. Hoping to get out biking late Saturday or early Sunday.

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