Saturday, January 15, 2005

Wish You Were Here

A nasty winter storm spun in from the Pacific this morning and has spread itself over most of Oregon. Here in the Portland Metro Area, ice has made transportation treacherous all day.

However, mail has been delivered [postal workers...you ROCK!] and the figure-skating championship did take place at the Rose Center.

More freezing rain is on its way in, according to the weather guy. And folks are dealing with a twelve-car pile-up [one of several] on a nearby highway tonight.

Every hotel in the area is full and hundreds of flights at PDX are cancelled. Long-haulers are hunkered-down at the local Flying J. And I'm crossing my fingers that the power won't fail.

I am very fortunate tonight. Left-over Christmas lights twinkle in a rainbow line of color across my desk. A fragrant candle casts a warm glow as NBC transmits the Tsunami Aid Telethon into my living room.

Every local media source focused its attention on our winter woes today.

But today's storm is NOTHING compared to what the folks in Southeast Asia are dealing with.

And as Eric Clapton plays a cover version of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" on tv...I truly wish...Oh you dear sweet people struggling in that post-tsunami hell: I wish YOU were HERE.

The sun will rise again, the ice will melt and we in Oregon will resume living a life filled with many blessings.

For those in Sumatra and beyond, those blessings may not return again for a long, long time.

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