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Musings with Sandy

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Yeah, I know, you've heard from me before about how I like big storms! I like blizzards and hurricanes, northeasters, tornadoes, and torrential rains! My heart quickens as soon as a severe storm warning comes over the airs. I'm afraid I'm one of those guys who doesn't have the common sense to stay indoors in this kind of weather either. I get an extreme case of cabin fever real quick and I need to go out and experience the weather face to face! Yeah I quess I'm sort of a storm sick-o - an extreme weather junkie! But before you judge me too harshly, let me explain that I'm not heartless. I worry about the safety of others. I'll be one of the first to start making phone calls to the ones I love to make sure they've done what they can to be prepared. And I do sympathize with those who have lost much to these storms, both in property damage and much worse through the loss of live of people close to them.

So what is it that gets my juices flowing so freely here? First of all, I love excitement! I love almost anything that gets my endrenoline pumped up: roller coasters, fast cars, zip lines, rappeling down the side of a mountain, leaning hard into a slalom ski behind a boat, etc., etc. So it only follows that dark rolling clouds, flashes of lightning, turbulent water would all bring on that same kind of rush. It's that feeling of not quite being in control that sharpen all of my senses!

In fact, that may be the biggest thing I like about the big storms - the fact that we're no longer in control. Man is an arrogant animal thinking that he can rule over the world and that everything is within his control and then something like Sandy comes along and we find out how insignificant we truely are. For at least a short period of time, we are truely humbled!

Violent weather tends also to bring out the best in people. Before Sandy arrived I started getting emails, texts and phone calls from friends around the country who knew that we were in Sandy's path. I assure you, that felt wonderful, knowing that people cared. But its during and after the storms that suddenly men and women who have been too busy with the business of everyday living are out there helping friends, neighbors and total strangers: some by assisting physically and sometimes by supporting the groups and organizations like the Red Cross. Everywhere ordinary people become heros, responding to someone in need. How can you not be moved by that?

I watched the special on tv last night about the aftermath of Sandy. The destruction indeed was beyond words, but with that destruction came proof that we Americans can respond quickly to help others and to do so we'll cross the boundaries that so often restrict us. For at least a little while, we can forget about our political, social, religious, racial differences and just allow ourselves to be human. And that my friend gives me hope.

Once again, I still think
Life is good!
Wood


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KELPIE57 11/2/2012 4:47AM

    Well said (and not only Americans! )

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KAYOTIC 11/1/2012 8:46AM

    A storm that big is a humbling experience for sure, and if you have to go through it, you may as well take what you can from it, if it's the thrill of the excitement let it happen! And watching people pull together as a community afterward to offer what they can, it's a great picture of humanity in action...

life is good, indeed!

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BOBBYD31 10/31/2012 9:54PM

    wow. we are brothers, i am the the same way! in the middle of sandy arriving over here tuesday afternoon i went out for a 4 mile run and went out again today.

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CASSIOEPIA 10/31/2012 9:49PM

    Love your musings. I'm so glad that you and Luv are okay, and your family. Storms can bring out the better side of people for sure, as we reach out to each other, and are all drawn towards a greater purpose.

Take care, and give Luv a hug for me.
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DEBBYFROMMT 10/31/2012 9:48PM

    You're right about bad weather bringing out the best in people. It seems like in a community, if your not affected, your helping. Even some of the people who were affected were helping others. I didn't realize you were in the path of Sandy. But then again the only reason anyone knows where I am is because it's in my name!

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RUNNINGWILD 10/31/2012 9:10PM

    Life *IS* good.
I'm glad you're safe.
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MAUIMA 10/31/2012 9:00PM

    Quickened heart, reassured that many care, renewed hope. You bet.
I too love the power of storms and the reminder we are not in control. We are little specks. Nature is so big...
Knowing this truth is healthy. So enjoy your storms. :)

Thanks for writing.
Thanks for the reminder.

Glad you are safe and was there to help others, as we knew you would.

Life is good.
Nice blog. :)

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