Our friend Mark Stevens, visiting family in Texas, was caught up in the deadly wildfires that are ravaging the state. Authorities wanted everyone to evacuate, but Mark and family members stayed behind to hose down the buildings on the property. It was a very scary situation since the water pressure fell to almost zero . . . a major water main break today sent most state workers home and has all of us it boiling water for a day or two. Many downtown restaurants closed, I am told . . . Dr. Coldren and I teamed up to get this photo into the blog; it is now up to our usual quality and I apologize to Bryan MacLeod for that . . .