i had to write this column because I have been so busy writing and taking care of business since my job laid me off for the year on 12/20/08.The weather in seattle has been brutual but we had a very bad storm here.It snowed for 12 days straight up in the mountains and seattle had at least 5 inches.The snow storm closed down the city for a few days.Regular programming was zilch.The news about the storm was on for 11 hours.The streets and parking lots were like ice.I couldnt even walk to the store.Mail delivery here was zilch..and our mayor is being lead by the nose by these nuts on the city council.Today I was able to go to Starbucks and have coffee..During my coffee time..someone tapped me on the shoulder and told me that someone that we both know lost her home in the bad storm.The home was zapped by a mudslide.She has got nothing left.Then I was asked..What shall I do? I told the person..I dont have the money because I am on disability..I still have things to pay off and have some left for the food.I cant give to charity right now and I just gave away another bag of clothes.The Red Cross is giving these people some shelter.But she doesnt know where she will live next..this is a terrible way to start the new year..but I told her and several others about living next to a river..just because the house is cheap..you have to take other things in account..Flood insurance is separate here.It isnt included in the homeowners insurance.Brad loves the beach also and wants to live the water..but I told him that I refuse to live near water..because with Mother Nature you dont know..AS for her..I havent seen or talked to her..you see she is stranded..because of the weather and mudslide there is no way out of this town..the trees have covered the roads and now at least many people cant get to work.I am going to call to see if she is on The Red Cross list.All I can do now is give her clothes.She cant stay here.My place is too small.I dont know of anything else I can do for her and the others.And you know what.I FEEL GUILTY.I AM SO HELPLESS...THERE ISNT ANYTHING THAT I CAN DO! WHAT WOULD YOU DO? WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? i AM AT A LOSS FOR WORDS..i FEEL LIKE I HAVE ABANDONDED HER AND I HAVE KNOWN HER FOR ALMOST 15 YEARS.
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