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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

91101, Pasadena

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Wildfire burning in La Canada Flintridge, north of Pasadena

Wildfire burning in La Canada Flintridge, north of Pasadena

Dear ——–,

It’s hard to breathe here with four wildfires burning at the same time. The triple-digit temperatures are not helping. As I did errands in Pasadena on Friday, I was in awe of the cafe latte-colored smoke blooming north of the city in La Canada Flintridge. For the first time in seven years, I didn’t have to rush to cover it; my tenure as an L.A. Times reporter ended Thursday. It felt a little bittersweet. I was curious about what was happening on the front lines. I wondered what people up there were packing into their cars as they evacuated. But I was relieved I didn’t have to stop what I was doing and run into the danger. Instead I could go home, think about what I would pack if the fire burned our way, and put some distance between me and those uncontrollable, unpredictable flames. Of course, the irony is the new job that starts Monday is actually in La Canada. I’ll be heading towards fire lines anyway.

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I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

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