When we moved up to Riverside, I expected long hot summers, and we got them. But I didn't expect the autumns to be so intense! The wind started blowing briskly early this morning. By the time I came back from errands in midafternoon it was really strong, to the point of blowing our gate wide open. Now it's the middle of the night and it's gotten even stronger, making whistling noises and banging things about. At this point it's kind of at the border between exciting and alarming. I won't say we never had such exciting weather in San Diego—there was the night when the board fence at the west of our apartment building blew over!—but what we're having tonight is near the high end of the scale.