Positively the Los Angeles Fires of 2009!
It's always been tough for me to come home from paradise and vacation. Some years are harder than others. It's a big shock to my system to leave a sleepy casual island like Kauai and enter the big hustle and bustle of a metropolis like Los Angeles. I keep yearning for the year when I go away on "Holiday" as the Europeans say, and learn that I've entered the land of perpetual vacation and unlimited free Mai Tais.
It's even tougher when I come home and I'm faced with a cloudy skyline and the clouds aren't preceding the warm tropical sprinkles I grew so fond of in Hawaii. On the contrary, the ominous clouds in the distance don't promise a cooling seductive tropical dampening but represent acres of forestry, brush, hopes, and dreams billowing into the atmosphere.
Quite a sight to see from the ground.