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Sunday, September 24, 2017

One hellish month

This past month has been one of the worst that I have had to live through.  While only Hurricane Harvey personally impacted me, Hurricane Irma and MarĂ­a plus three earthquakes in Mexico also took a toll on me.

My heart aches for all the Texans, Floridians, Puerto Ricans, people from the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and the Caribbean Islands.  There has been so much devastation caused by three major hurricanes in such a short time span.

My favorite uncle (mom's baby brother), as well as my cousin (the son of my mother's late sister), live in Mexico City.  As you can surmise my mother is not in the best of health and I had to think long and hard before I gave her the news.  It did not help that I was not able to get in touch with them as everyone was probably trying to do the same and saturated the already congested telephone lines.

I am so glad I dumped DISH because with Spectrum I have free long distance service in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.  Within an hour I was finally able to contact them and ascertain that while shook up, they and their home had fared well. I am very sorry for all those people who lost it all and will never be able to go back into their homes to retrieve what little they have left because their apartments, condos, and houses are on the verge of collapsing and to do so could cost them their lives.

The first thing I do in the morning is turn on the television to CNN.  My heart skipped a beat to learn that there had been another earthquake with a 6.2 magnitude early this morning.  What the hell is going on?  Three major earthquakes in the span of less than a month?

Once again grateful that I have free long distance service and could reach my family. I could tell that my uncle was visibly shaken and I stayed on the line for almost two hours to help reassure him. Invited him to come stay with us but he declined.

If that was not enough the rhetoric between us and North Korea seems to be escalating and who in their right mind wants nuclear holocaust?  Dang, makes one wonder how much longer civilization as we know it will exist!  Sorry for all the doomsday talk but this has been one hellish month.

Good night.  Hope you all have Terlingua Dreams because I think I am going to have Doomsday nightmares...wish I was in Terlingua!