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Aug 7, 2020 - 12:50:51 PM
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This is the end of a statement I heard back in the '70's that went, "I was sad that I had no shoes, then I met a man with no feet." We should always remember that no matter how difficult our personal lives may seem at any one moment, there are always those whose situation is much worse. Nearly of us here on the forum suffer from first world problems. I have been without electricity, telephone or internet service since Hurricane Isaias hit her on Tuesday. Phone and internet came back a couple of hours ago, but there is still no power so I've been running on a generator since Tuesday afternoon. But my neighbors all had to toss out their frozen food and most of their refrigerated food because they had no means to keep it, or cook it. I was cleaning leaves and debris from my pool thinking how I was going to be able to keep the pool going without enough power to run the pumps. There's a big problem for you. I'm worried about a pool, and there are some in my neighborhood who cannot leave their houses and no one can get in to them because of downed wires. It was while cleaning out the pool that I remembered that shoe/foot story. We lost a 160+ year old barn, but all houses and people are spared in my area. Not so true a few miles north where a tree hit a house and knocked out a portion of the living area. I'm very fortunate that I have a generator, the gas stations near me have power and can pump gas, I have propane for the grill and can cook, and my food won't go bad. Yes, I have to boil water on the grill to wash dishes, but I have running water. Those in my area without generators do not. We're all on wells. So any time you think you have it bad, think about others and it won't be long until you come up with a whole list of people who have it much worse. I'm concerned about a pool, and there are those in Africa, South America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East who fear for their lives at any moment in time. Be grateful everyone for what you have. It can always be much worse.

Aug 7, 2020 - 2:04:37 PM
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Well said, Dave. Several years ago a storm knocked our power out. We could not pump water out of our well. Nothing like having to go to mother in laws house to take a shower. I recently had a full hip replacement. I feel so fortunate not to live in the pain I was enduring.
I will never complain about anything ever again
(I hope).

Aug 7, 2020 - 2:14:15 PM

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Good post Dave. I don't know where I have been but I did not realize that the hurricane landed with such impact up north. We were fortunate here in South Carolina and here in the upstate we hardly got any rain. We are usually the ones that get hammered (on the coast anyway). Glad you are doing ok and keeping everything in perspective ..... as you always do!

Aug 8, 2020 - 2:53:01 AM

294 posts since 4/27/2020

I had a tree fall on my house a couple of years ago. Flooding, insurance company hassles, etc.

But I had a house, and at least a partial roof over my head. That's more than some people have.

Aug 8, 2020 - 3:52:42 AM

figmo59

USA

31810 posts since 3/5/2008

Ahhh...
The Life of a Combat Engineer,.....

We probly not get power back till..sunday..or monday..

But after 2 1/2 years of no shower...what's ah few days... ;0)

Aug 8, 2020 - 4:57:43 AM

55422 posts since 12/14/2005

Thanks for the reminder, Mr. C5.

Zumpty years ago, I was reading a book which was trying to explain to us readers the basics of Buddhism.
Never finished it, but somewhere in Chapter One was a statement along the lines of
"We are by our possessions possessed."

Around that same time, Bob Dylan wrote
"When you've got NOTHING, you've got nothing to lose!"
(Bob later won the Nobel Prize in Literature for his lyrics, if not for his mumbling diction.)

Wonder if he read the same book.

Aug 8, 2020 - 6:10:16 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink

Good post Dave. I don't know where I have been but I did not realize that the hurricane landed with such impact up north. We were fortunate here in South Carolina and here in the upstate we hardly got any rain. We are usually the ones that get hammered (on the coast anyway). Glad you are doing ok and keeping everything in perspective ..... as you always do!


Where I am we got almost no rain, only wind, we were on the east side of the storm.  New York took the brunt of the rain.  With the trees fully leaved, it was easy to knock them down, or break off branches.  We need the rain so it kind of sucks to get the damage, but none of the benefits. 

Aug 8, 2020 - 8:05:14 AM

figmo59

USA

31810 posts since 3/5/2008

I have now lost me hero status...
The powers back on..

Last few days I been the Chief cook..n generator fixer/runner...

Boy...
Was I...populiar....! :0/

Now....notsomuch... :0]

Aug 8, 2020 - 10:17:35 AM

55422 posts since 12/14/2005

Hey, Fignewton!

Reminds me of a few lines from Rudyard Kipling's "TOMMY", about how when they NEED ya, they praise you to the skies, and other times, you're some variation of ignored or despised.

Here's the passage:

*************************

Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, and Tommy, 'ow's your soul?

But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes!" when the drums begin to roll.

The drums begin to roll, my boys , the drums begin to roll.

But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes!" when the drums begin to roll.

Well, we aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards, too,

But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you...

***************************************

And here's a link to the whole poem.

https://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/kipling/tommy.html

The line

"We ain't no thin red heroes" just STUCK in my brain, ever since I first read it.

Kipling was VERY good at his job, which was to write poetry which stirred people's emotions.

(Kind of like Bob Dylan, but with  clearer diction.)  cheeky

Edited by - mike gregory on 08/08/2020 10:31:05

Aug 8, 2020 - 11:40:52 AM
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What's enough wealth?  Is it free from want?

I know people living in opulence, yet are tortured  by their own brain.

Reminds me of the Simon & Garfunkel song;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAGKpoVFbmw

Edited by - Frisco Fred on 08/08/2020 11:41:47

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