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The Holy Cypress is No More

12/31/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Personal

I didn't carry through on my promise to blog about the geek dinner this morning. You may remember the burning Cypress of last winter. Well, it happened again, with a vengenance. And first off, no one was hurt, minimal property damage, and no cars were destroyed - but it was all real close.

The tree toppled over before dawn this morning, pulling down the power lines, with branches bursting in flames in the winter storms we've been having.

Cypress Fallen Over Root Ball at Left
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I slept through the actual fall and initial flames, until those elderly folk under the stairs, you know, my parents, banged on the door. This was before dawn. When I awoke, all I saw were flames outside my bedroom window. A neighbor, Jennifer, out for an early morning walk, began banging on our back gate, as there were flames throughout our front yard and others.

I didn't have time to grab a camera, so all pictures here are from later in the day.

Even the road burned...

Cypress Fallen and even the Road Caught Fire
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Chip, who lives behind us, and is a fireman (just leaving Montara/Moss Beach FD for El Granada) had also been awakened to bangs and flames, and had hustled out in full gear. The MMBFD was already on the scene. I couldn't get any good shots of them, but here's PG&E arriving to shut things down. Here's a shot of him after the FD left...

Cypress Fallen Chip Watching
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Cypress Fallen but PG&E Arrives
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The tree is truly fallen.

Cypress Fallen Over Shut from Pond
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Grabbing the lines...

Cypress Fallen Grabbing Power Lines
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And it took the whole block of poles with it.

Poles Leaning
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At the end of Kelmore, at Vermont, the last pole shattered in three pieces, fell between two houses, but took out the electirical stand-off and connections to both houses.

Pole Shattered in Three Places
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Soon after, the county arrived to take away the Holy Cypress.

Cypress Fallen County Crew Cutting It Away
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They worked very hard...
Cypress Fallen County Crew Cutting It Away
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And were soon done...

Cypress Fallen and all gone
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leaving a root ball and a stump - where will the owls and the ravens live now?

Just a Root Ball and Stump Left
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And a drunkenly leaning pole.

Drunkenly Leaning Pole
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Neighbor Simon was fascinated...

Neighbor Simon was fascinated
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PG&E said to plan for three or four days without power. I ran up to my partners to blog this. I'll blog about the geek dinner and The Bay Area is Talking another day.

And for now, all I can say is Happy New Year.

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oh dear! it was a good thing no one was hurt. Over here we’re very anxious about fires right now..


12/31/05 @ 19:54
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Well, so much for religious icons!

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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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