Fire season has come early this year – this time only a canyon over from me (Nichols) – as choppers whirl over my house as I type this. We longtime Californians get pretty sanguine about these things. Hey, fires, earthquakes, whatever… This one doesn’t look so bad as these things go. Anyway, I’m going to Japan in a week. Nothing catastrophic ever happens there under 8.6 on the Richter Scale, especially if you stay away from the sarin..