Wednesday, September 21, 2005

A Big Wind Blows

It occurs to me, that we people living inland, or on the upper part of the east coast never really have to deal with hurricanes. They are something that happens to other people, not to us. So hard as i try, it is hard to "feel" something that is so far out of my realm of experience. I have never lived through a flood, never experienced a hurricane. I think I once came face to face with a tornado, but it was short lived. Did some pretty nasty things to the houses and trees in the neighborhood, but was ove in ten minutes.
So I see the news that Hurricane Rita is now a category four hurricane, chasing after all those people that Katrina missed the first time.
It kind makes you wonder, why? Why do people live there in the first place? Why do they stay? The bigger question is why would they ever return? Though of course they will. People live in California with earthquakes, Florida, and the Gulf Coast, lots of places where nature can wreak havoc with their lives. So why do they do it? I imagine that most of these places are beautiful, and amazing to live in 95% of the time. So i guess it must be the 95% principle. Of course, you only have to die one percent of the time for it not to work.
By the way, I could have told you Rita was going to be a real pain. She has the office down the hall from me.


mysterygirl said...

You could ask the question, why live in the Middle East with war and terrorism? People tend to live where they feel it is familiar.
I keep asking, why do I live in a place that freezes my nose off in the winter when I could live in a warmer climate.
I guess the answer is thatI have an aversion to hurricanes.

Mgreen said...

mystery girl raises an interesting point. The difference is that terrorism is unknown. It can strike in the Middle East, Oklahoma, or New York City. We know that the areas bounded by water always run a great risk of some sort of devastation. Terrorism, on the other hand, has no boundries. And as for the nose... try a nose warmer.