When the power fails.... Give to the Red Cross

It was a pretty big storm. So, just after hanging up from a phone call with a Yahoo exec yesterday, the lights started flickering here in the Pacific Northwest.

It was a pretty big storm. So, just after hanging up from a phone call with a Yahoo exec yesterday, the lights started flickering here in the Pacific Northwest. By 8 PM local time, the lights were gone and still are today. Hard to blog, let alone keep up with work when you live in a "disaster area," as the media have labeled my little part of the world.

The Seattle area is still standing, Windows Vista is still coming, like it or not.

But, folks, a power outage is nothing compared to what's going on in many parts of the world today. There may be a million homes in the Pacific Northwest The Seattle area is still standing, Windows Vista is still coming, like it or not.without power, and the Amazon and Microsoft sites, among others, may be a little slow, but this is a cakewalk compared to the folks who are still waiting for help after Hurricane Katrina, the 500 killed and tens of thousands displaced by Typhoon Durian in November, and the humanitarian crises in Sudan and Iraq.

My power's out. I couldn't blog until we checked into a hotel to wait out the two or three days the electrical grid is expected to take being repaired. No damage to the house, but the neighbor's place ended up with a tree laying across the overhead wires above its garage. My kids think this is a mini vacation. And I have EV-DO and am warm.

This is not a disaster, just a part of being alive in a world that is generally indifferent to the creatures living on it.

So, I hope you'll join me in donating to the Red Cross today to help the people who really need help. Go, donate now. Who knows when it may really be our turn for suffering. If you match my donation of $100, I'll send you a copy of the upcoming book from Steve Mack and I.