“Smoke on the water, fire in the sky.”

 There’s a common belief that country livin’ can cure you of all city ills. “A country boy can survive” as declared by Hank Williams, Jr. Well, here’s a picture that I saw from my country house the other morning.

Yikes. Toxic air and smoke produced by hundreds of forest fires around Moscow have hit the big city and all the suburbs. Some Russian officials claim the summer of 2010 turned out to be the hottest for the past 1000 years.  On the one hand, it is big and exciting (wow, we are witnessing something that one doesn’t see every day or even every year) but on the other hand, it’s quite scary. What kind of situation is it when you can’t even escape into the woods?

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