Firewood: The New Plasma TV

The LA Times today reports on the new SoCal status symbol: firewood. Yes, apparently Angelenos crave ‘specialty woods’ like almond and birch (“the white Cadillac of firewood”):

“Southern Californians buy firewood for the snap, crackle, pop,” says Fred Ford, 68, who has been logging local mountains for more than 40 years. “It’s not about heat; it’s what I call the $20 romantic evening: a rainstorm, a nice bottle of wine and a bundle of firewood.”

One of the things I love about Los Angeles is that even the lumberjacks talk like Thorstein Veblen.