There are things that I just can’t stand to see. For example, when commercials come on television that feature video of dogs in cages or dogs that have been mistreated – I can’t watch them. I know that they’re trying to raise money, but that’s not why I can’t watch. It’s that I can’t stand to see the misery of these creatures that have so much love to give.
To be honest, I really can’t stand to see any animals being mistreated or harmed. I know that there are many others who feel the same way about animals that I do.
And that brings me to today’s photo that I took just Saturday at the 10th Annual Greek Festival that is held here in Cumming, GA each fall. This was the first time we went to the festival and it was a good time. We’d not had a weekend in a long time where I’d been home for both Saturday and Sunday and this was just the ticket. There were booths of crafts and other things you could buy, live music and Greek food. There was also a Greek Orthodox church there that was open and offering tours. We didn’t take the tour, but we did learn lots of fascinating things about icons (some of which I’ll share in future posts). But, I digress…
As I walked around, I came across a small enclosure where there were animals that the little ones could pet…and that’s where I got today’s photo. It just broke my heart to think that humans would entice these creatures to hit the bottle. Shame on our species….who would think of doing such a thing!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1991, fire began in the hills of Oakland, California. It burned thousands of homes and killed 25 people. Despite the fact that fires had ravaged the same area three times earlier in the century, people continued to build homes there.
Fires had previously raged through the hills in 1923, 1970 and 1980. Each time, the fires occurred during autumn in a year with relatively little precipitation, and, each time, the residents rebuilt and moved back in as soon as possible. The deadly 1991 fire can be traced to a small fire at 7151 Buckingham Boulevard on October 18. Firefighters responded quickly and thought they had brought the blaze under control. However, heat from the fire had caused pine needles to fall from the trees and cover the ground.
When highly flammable debris, also known as “duff,” accumulates on the ground, fires can smolder unseen. At 10:45 a.m. on October 19, strong winds blew one of these unseen fires up a hillside; changing wind patterns then caused it to spread in different directions.
The winds were so intense and the area was so dry that within an hour close to 800 buildings were on fire. The wind then blew southwest, pushing the fire toward San Francisco Bay. In some places, the temperature reached 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, making it virtually impossible to fight the fire effectively. Homeowners attempted to hose down their roofs, but were often thwarted when water pipes burst from the fire. Also, many homes had wooden shingle roofs that were particularly susceptible to fire—it took only 10 minutes in some cases for a house to be brought down by the flames.
Firefighting efforts were constrained by the fact that the affected homes were located on steep hills with very narrow streets. This made it difficult to maintain radio communications and to move large fire engines close to the flames. The fire spread so rapidly that firefighters were unable to establish a perimeter. When the fire was finally contained the following day, 25 people had lost their lives, 150 people were injured and 3,000 homes and 1,500 acres had been consumed. The total tally of damages was $1.5 billion.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: The first Google storage was made from Legos. Google needed an expandable and cheap way to house 10 4GB hard drives.