On Monday, Nov 14 my partner and I were watching the Packers/Vikings game when we received word from a friend (yes, his name IS Clint) about the fire that raged through The Pines on Fire Island.  We immediately took to the web for confirmation and to get more information, much like in this strip.  After a slew of exaggerations and misinformation it was confirmed that the fire destroyed the La Fountaine and Pavillion buildings along with the shops, clubs and businesses in them.

We’ve rented a house in the neighboring town of Cherry Grove for the past 10 years so we felt a strong connection to the Pines.  Fortunately the fire was confined to the two buildings and one private home, sparring the Blue Whale club and the businesses on the northern end of the harbor.  It could have been so much worse.