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September 20, 2017

Keep Life in Perspective

My House after Hurricane Irma

I watched the Giants game Monday from a motel in Sebring FL while on my way back to Key West. I evacuated a week ago Saturday, (9/9) at 1 am. Originally I intended to ride the storm out in a big hotel but after seeing Irma slide west toward Key West I figured my house and boat were gone, I might as well save my truck. I drove home through the keys yesterday looking at the devastation in the middle keys. Marathon, Big Pine, and Summerland Keys got crushed! I got home midday and other than leaves and branches and a couple old fences at some rental properties, I had no damage. I am amazed. I left thinking the life I’ve spent the last 36 years building was going to be wiped away in the blink of an eye. Yes, I have insurance, but at almost 61, I don’t know if I’d have it in me to start over. I still have some straightening up to do, but I have power, water, TV and obviously, internet. I’ve always appreciated how lucky I’ve been to be able to make a living in KW taking people fishing. How tremendously fortunate I am to have survived this storm at all, let alone with virtually no damage is not lost on me. Life must go on and I should be ready to run by the weekend. Probably won’t have any customers, but that’s ok for now.

Be thankful for what you have.

I know I am.