September 29, 2005

My 15 Minutes

I awoke from an afternoon nap to find my last blog entry stuffed with SEVEN WHOLE COMMENTS. Seeing as how I typically get one non-spam comment for every twelve blog posts, I figured that was a bit above average. Upon opening the comments screen, I was SHOCKED to find that my blog and fire photos had been on CNN. CNN?!? How does this happen?

I've been scouring for any information or transcripts pointing to the mention, to no avail as of yet. To any of you commenters who happened to spot it, what show did this appear on? Thanks for coming by, as well. I'm honored.

And, to update you on the fire, at least from my perspective out here... any imminent danger to our general neighborhood has subsided. The sound of water-dropping planes has gone away, and as of a couple of hours ago I was only able to hear various helicopters overhead. I dropped my brother off at marching band practice and could see little fires dotting the rocky change above us, but there was white smoke coming from them.

Looks like there is still some fire trouble on the eastern side of Simi Valley - back in the hill areas between Bell Canyon, Oak Park, Calabasas, etc. The air is totally calm, however, so hopefully firefighters will be able to get a real handle on things tonight. Some fine ash fell, as my MINI was dotted with white dandruff when I went out at about 5pm. The only thing lingering now, for us over in my 'hood, is the ugly smell of smoke. Even though it's quite warm out (and we have no a/c here), I might need to close up the window to avoid smelling this crap. Otherwise, all seems swell over here.

Now back to my CNN search!

UPDATE: I've found the online transcript of the segment of Wolf Blitzer's "Situation Room" program that my blog appeared on here. Or, I have the complete mention below:

BLITZER: Stand by, Dan. Our viewers probably suspect you can track some of these fires online. Nowadays you can almost track anything online. Our Internet reporter Jacki Schechner is doing exactly that. She is joining us now live. Jacki, what are you picking up?

JACKI SCHECHNER, CNN INTERNET REPORTER: Well, Wolf, we wanted to show you some of the photos that are starting to come in online now, some incredible photos. These from Jeff Koga (ph), who's a writer and photographer, an L.A. native, a resident of the area.

This he says is the Santa Susana Mountains in Chatsworth. These are some night photos that we haven't seen yet in THE SITUATION ROOM. This the view out of his front door. Another one -- these incredible photographs of this fire as it spreads.

Another woman online, Julie, who is in Simi Valley, look how scary and close it is she says. This is out her front door as well. She's taking photographs of the smoke as it comes closer to her. Look at the incredible plume to the east. This she said just popped out, out of nowhere.

Another one of the photographs, she says it's an "ominous orange- ness" that is coming over her neighborhood, again, in Simi Valley. Again, there another photograph from her saying that it's getting closer.

You can follow Julie online at her blog, She says now the sound of sirens has become nonstop. There's planes overhead dropping water. Very scary stuff, but you can follow it online.

BLITZER: All right, Jacki. Thank you very much. I know you'll be doing that. And we'll check back with you and we'll make sure we continue to monitor this very, very serious fire in Southern California.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. I have to get ahold of this video!

posted by julie at September 29, 2005 07:08 PM

things people have said

Wolf Blitzer was the anchor. They had the woman on who does the Internet news show your blog. It is a newer segement. She checks blogs and sites that have to do with breaking stories. A number of your pictures were put up on the screen. They also showed live feed. I don't remember where that was coming from. I think Thousand Oaks.

so said: Meridith at September 29, 2005 07:36 PM

Thanks a lot, Meridith!

so said: julie at September 29, 2005 07:37 PM

Great photos and blog, Julie. I live in New York and heard about your blog on CNN. (I used to live in Topanga so wanted to see your shots.)

so said: sharon at September 29, 2005 08:43 PM

Hello Julie,I caught your blog info on Wolf Blitzer's show on CNN.I came to see the fire photos and do some reading.Being a stylist,I had to check out the blog with a name such as this! Nice job and blog site!I live near NYC and have friends in L.A. Wishing you the best.

so said: Val at September 29, 2005 11:53 PM

Caught your blog on the "Situation Room" yesterday. Fun stuff! Nice photo's.

I used to live in Newhall. Your descriptions evoke almost forgotten memories. Nice blogging.

I've never visited a blog before - fun. I'll be back.


so said: Troy at September 30, 2005 11:38 AM

Wow Julie I am so impressed that you are famous now. I feel a little guilty for not being a better blogger when I see that a good blog post gets you on the news. So now that you are such a good photogragher that your pictures are on CNN you finally have an excuse to get that nice new camera you have had your eye on. Congrats again Brad and I were so impressed!

so said: Karin at September 30, 2005 01:06 PM

OK now that you got on CNN you have to update on the fire! LOL

so said: Meridith at September 30, 2005 02:24 PM