As the weather has grown hotter and dryer every year, wildfires have become a frightening threat to our southern Oregon community. To help improve the chances of our structures surviving wildfires, Ashland participates in the Firewise USA program. Besides offering assessments on your property, the program offers building and landscaping tips to improve the chances that your property will survive.
One tip is not to have a wooden fence that attaches to the house. I mentioned that to friends as we visited with them on their back deck. “We don’t have wooden fences attached to the house.”
We were sitting on a moderate-sized wooden deck attached to their house. “What about this deck? It’s attached to your house.”
“It’s not a fence.”
Oh, I see, yes. The wildfire will burn through the wooden fence surrounding your backyard and across the trees and grass, but then will come to your wooden deck and say, “Wait! That’s not a fence. That’s a deck. We better leave this alone.” Thus their home will be saved.
Today’s theme music, “What I Like About You” by the Romantics, 1980, is a repeat. It was originally the theme music for May 17, 2017, when I wanted to stream something upbeat. This song is upbeat, and strikes me as a throwback type of song.
I chose it for today because of a cat. They often infloofuence my music choices. Quinn, who is ill, came to me for comfort last night. I sang a variation of this song to him, making up lyrics to fit his personality, behavior, and description. He seemed to like it, offering purrs and kneading in response.
Infloofuence (floofinition) – a housepet’s ability to have an impact on another pet or a human’s thinking, choices, or behavior.
In use: “Cats often infloofuence Michael’s theme music for the day.”