I think it must be the end of the world in the Pacific Northwest. That is what the weather is telling me. First we had the floods, then the unusual snowfall, now the windstorms. Tonight we are supposed to have sustained winds at tropical storm force level. I did not sign up for this. If I wanted to lose power and spend an evening by the light of a flashlight, then I would have lived in a place where it is warm enough to swim in the water. What weather calamity is left now to suffer?
Here is something to be thankful for . . . awesome female friends. In the past couple of days I have been able to speak with several of my friends from BYU days. On Monday evening I spoke to Charelle, in SLC, on the phone. She just got engaged. I hope that she plays Backstreet Boys at her wedding, for old times sake! This girl is so awesome, that even a sniper on the roof of the Capitol in DC fell in love with her from a distance. That is a story for her grandkids. I also spoke to my friend Suzanne, in DC, who is busy saving Africa with training programs and projects that actually work. She is actually using all of her acquired Africa knowledge, whereas, I just keep reading and learning without ever doing much of anything anymore. Knowledge has become a possession to me, instead of something that has moved me to action. Talking to Suzanne reminds me of how much I need to do. Then, last night my friend Camille, in Boston, called me. She is an amazing writer, and talking to her was just another reminder of how nice it is to speak to someone who thinks so similiarly to the way that I do.
I have been pretty lucky to know some pretty amazing people in my life. It is just too bad that they all live so far away.