Saturday, November 29, 2008


Originally uploaded by jiron2000
Today I found out that the person in this picture, Jorge, has died. Not only that, but he was murdered.

I met him during my visit to Nicaragua this summer. At the time he was dating an old childhood friend of mine. She was the one who told me about this today.

While I did not really know him, it makes me sad when anyone that has come across my life dies. Sadly, again, this has not been my first experience with death.

My thoughts prayers are with his family.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Oh Crap ...

My hometown of Riverside, CA made the national news, for bad things. I found this on the front page of MSNBC.COM. Apparently unemployment rate in the city is significantly higher than the national average. Doh! Video below ....

Monday, November 24, 2008


I know this is old news, but I had to at least share my experience during the fire. Thankful neither me, my family or any of my close friends were severely affected by the fire. I know that for many, this is not "old news" as they recover from losing their homes.

As I was driving to my worker's right clinic in Pacoima Saturday 11/15 I saw huge columns of smoke. At first I though that it was the Encino fire (which was dumb since that was 100 miles away), but learned that it was the Sylmar fire.

Later that day I drove to Riverside and got a close look at the fire near Corona. I even saw large firefighter plane fly lowly across the freeway as it prepared to take up water in the nearby reserve. It was such a sight to see such a large plane cross the road in front me.

It's times like these when we should be thankful to those individuals who make fire fighting a career. You people are awesome.!


The articulate master of this locale

Taken down by a single gal ...