Hurricane Irma & Luck

As some of you may know, my wife and I (and dog) moved to the Miami area just a couple of months ago. We actually donated most of our furniture before we moved, because it was mostly junk, and because we were downsizing. So the past couple months before the hurricane, we had gone to IKEA Miami approximately nine hundred times, dragging individual pieces of flat-pack furniture home and painstakingly ignoring the silly IKEA directions. (Proving both that I can assemble a KALLAX from memory, and that a marriage is forever if it survives nearly two-dozen IKEA trips.) We had just gotten to the point where we had enough simple furniture to consider our new place home. Everything was unpacked. All the pictures were hung on the walls. No more travel for a while. We truly were where we wanted to be.

And then Hurricane Irma was coming and we had to get out of town. And we were lucky we were able to get out of town. We've been on the road, waiting for things to calm down, so we could return home. The past ten days were stressful, but we treated it mostly as an unexpected vacation and the worst thing that happened was that we overspent our food budget by eating out the whole time. My employer was not only understanding, but also provided assistance. We got through it just fine.

Unlike what other folks went through, in our case the storm mostly just did a number on the greenery around our apartment building.

Like I keep saying, we are lucky, and we really can't complain. But over on the other side of the country, my friend Karen isn't as lucky. Karen is a long time friend of mine, and past coworker, and she really knows what she is doing when it comes to email technology and deliverability. Her and her partner have fallen on hard times after she had to take medical leave. They are currently homeless. I am asking you please consider donating to Karen's GoFundMe to help them get an RV and some other stuff to get stable and so she can be able to work remotely. (And then you should hire her if you need deliverability help -- she's fantastic at it!) 

Karen is smart and sharp and I think she fell into a trap that any of us could fall into, and I think that with just the right amount of help she can get back on her feet. I hope you'll consider donating.