I saw some of it at a distance. At midday I could see a Southeast Portland fire from the office tower where I'm working. And that is a METAPHOR, ladies and gentlemen! At most, I saw today's news at a distance. It hit my peripheral vision, if that, and at most I acknowledged it and continued with what was in front of me.
Because I'm concentrating on my training at this job. It's important concentration; I'm doing a much different job than what I've done before. I call it "my test job," and a co-worker rightly pointed out that all of life is a test, isn't it, but this attitude I have allows me to accept the conditions of the job and just go Let's see if I can do this. And, with some dwelling exceptions, as I'm one hell of a dweller, I've been nicely non-stressed about this work. I don't take it for granted, but I've let jobs take over my life before, and I think I've finally learned how that, at many levels, hurts me.
Still. Kind of a heads-down time, hunkered down, trying to do something, and the world is there mainly as background. For now. I'll pay more attention later. The world is doing its thing, I'm doing mine.