Monday, January 12, 2009

A Haiku for the Santa Anas....

Dust and Tumbleweeds
Away from me Hot, Dry Wind
Stay in Fall with Brown

Or as Joan Didion says: "The San Bernardino Valley lies only an hour east of Los Angeles by the San Bernardino Freeway but is in certain ways an alien place: not the coastal California of the subtropical twilights and the soft westerlies off the Pacific but a harsher California, haunted by the Mojave just beyond the mountains, devastated by the hot dry Santa Ana wind that comes down through the passes at 100 miles and whines through the eucalyptus windbreaks and works on the nerves. October is the bad month for the wind, the month when breathing is difficult and the hills blaze up spontaneously. There has been no rain since April. Every voice seems a scream. It is the season of suicide and divorce and prickly dread, wherever the wind blows."

Argh!! It's January. We just had the biggest snowstorm in 20 years, and yet the Santa Anas prevail. ARGH!!! Bring back the Rain and Snow!!!

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