It has been an incredibly crazy past couple of days for the Atlantic coast states (and continues forward with basic supplies dwindling). Hurricane Sandy (or Post-Tropical Storm Sandy to be technical) made landfall in New Jersey on Monday October 30th. It has left behind a swathe of destruction. Mother Nature is no joke, and she ever so often reminds us who is in charge. My head has been spinning over what has been left behind by this massive storm.
My spinning head, made way around to a short, but true story I shared on Facebook about my car ride home about a week ago. This is how it went (edited for grammar and syntax):
Driving home tonight I saw a creepy crawler moving across the windshield. The spider was between the size of a nickel and a quarter. Initially I wasn’t sure if it was on the inside or the outside, so I kept one eye on it, and the other on the road. I was eventually sure it was on the inside, as it passed the windshield wiper test. I figured just leave it be, no big deal. But that backfired, I started to get a bit weary as it crept in and out of the shadows. Losing sight of it caused the eerie feeling it was crawling on me, or worse crawling through my hair, or worse exploring my ear canal…you know irrational non-sense. So with the irrational heebee-geebees (spelling?) I started to scan the windshield for it. As soon as I spotted it I bare handed that MFer into oblivion. I learned today to always kill the spider, if not you will probably realize you should have killed him in the first place, when you knew where he was.
This story has absolutely nothing to do with Sandy, in a direct sense. But, and I didn’t realize at the time of sharing the story, my little life experience was the pure embodiment of carpe diem (“seize the day” – for those without your handy Latin translator, or whom have never read Horace, or more importantly seen Dead Poets Society). It seems cliche (rather it is cliche, since they are born out of truth), but our existence here is limited (you can argue about the afterlife amongst yourselves). Most of us know this, but we need the occasional reminder (Cue mother nature). Take charge of your life, when you see that person that moves you like no other, that career opportunity across the globe, that chance to do something scary but you know inside you want it, you need to barehand that MFer into oblivion, and don’t let go until you are sure you’ve exasperated all your efforts, you never know if you will ever get the chance again.
Wait, you must be wondering right now (or not), “Why did you call your post Moustache Sally?!?
Today marks the beginning of Movember. For those of you not in the know, “During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.” I am barehanding that MFer, in this case, my urge to raise some awareness but also grow facial hair that I would otherwise not dare to attempt. Another great cause, the timing a bit off, but, nonetheless, nothing says you can’t be doing good from multiple fronts. Anyway, this might be a light distraction to some of the doom and gloom on the news for the last few days. If you care to donate (I’ve asked for a lot this post), or learn a bit about men’s health issues please visit http://mobro.co/danthethinkerer
For a quick laugh, here’s my scraggly facial hair from last year:
Until next time, stay safe,
PS: Here are some resources to help out with Sandy:
Red Cross: www.redcross.org, Call 800-Red-Cross or text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
New York Blood Center: Call 800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org.
Salvation Army: Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org to donate.
Feeding America: To donate visit www.feedingamerica.org or call 800-910-5524.
AmeriCares: To donate, visit www.americares.org.
World Vision: To donate, visit www.worldvision.org.
Save the Children: Visit www.savethechildren.orgto donate.
Samaritan’s Purse is asking for volunteers to help storm victims. To volunteer, visit their website.