As a copywriter, I spend the majority of my day staring at a monitor, typing stuff. Unfortunately, my job still hasn’t gotten me the ergonomic keyboard tray that I asked for like four months ago, but that’s another story. Anyway, ever since I took down my old sites, I’ve been working feverishly to get this one up and running and working the way I want it to. I’d forgotten the joys of Web development and the unending torment of developing for one browser type (Mozilla) only to have the site break for another browser type (IE). Woohoo! In this manner, I am effectively staring at a computer almost every waking moment. Coming home is like having another job, I’m telling you.

So I’m about to hit the hay, but I know it’s gonna be fitful because for whatever reason I have this weird 5 pixel (or so) margin on the bottom of my page when you view my site through Internet Explorer. I have no idea how that got there. They only way for me to remedy it is to remove that black strip that runs across the bottom, but I don’t want to. Nor should I have to! So if any passing readers should know the answer, by all means, send it along.

With that out of the way, no doubt you’ve heard something or another about the crazy fires Southern California is having and how all the Malibu mansions are going up in smoke. The problems are further compounded by the Santa Ana winds blowing down from the mountains. The other day, it was so windy that the tops of 50-foot tall trees were bending horizontal and you couldn’t see clearly for more than half a mile because of the dirt flying through the air. And, lucky me, my apartment complex is flanked by two dirt fields. I went outside to enjoy my patio furniture and found this:

Working Author - This is the kind of thing Santa Ana winds can do to your nice patio furniture.

Now all I need is for it to rain and have the wind stir everything up nicely in my patio into a thick, mud tempura batter.

And in case you were wondering, I was the one who drew the face in the dirt.