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Invincible? Not even

Next time you’re feeling invincible, or like your problems are way bigger or more important than anyone else’s, think about Hurricane Katrina. Think about any natural or even unnatural disaster that’s monstrous and rough, and you’re likely to get a quick dose of “I’m nothing, just a tiny little wave on the sea of life.” And that’s a good thing, because that’ll bring you right down to where you need to be – in the here and now. Now, I don’t know Hurricane Katrina and I didn’t know any of her brothers -you know, Hurricane Andrew or Hurricane Hugo. The few times I’ve ventured into the south and into hurricane territory, the weather’s always been good.That’s not the case in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi this week. Not only did Hurricane Katrina peel parts of the roof off the big, bad invincible Superdome, she caused thousands, maybe millions, of people to evacuate the area in order to get to safer ground. That flee instinct must be missing, however, with some diehard folks that choose to stay with their property, no matter what. It’s definitely missing in a special type of newscaster. Do you understand these spot reporters that stand out in 165 mph winds and pelting rain, giving updates on some raging, out-of-control storm? I don’t. As sheets of glass window panes crash around them, and stoplights dangling from electrical power lines snap off and smash at their feet, they just keep standing in the way of the storm, giving their play-by-play. Do we really need to see these people get chopped in half by a metal roof? I don’t. Get inside, man! Run for cover, girlfriend!Maybe they ask for those assignments – “Please let me go out to the beach and give a broadcast while palm trees break in half and miss me by inches! Please!” – because they need a big old session of humility. Maybe they need to get down to earth and realize that, yes, some things are just bigger than they are. For me, I’ll just think about the power of a hurricane, or the heat of a wildfire, or the rage of a mother bear. That ought to keep me in line. Carrie Click is the editor and general manager of The Citizen Telegram, Rifle’s weekly newspaper. She saw a mother bear and her cub on the Flat Tops this weekend, running in the opposite direction, fortunately. Carrie can be reached at 625-3245, ext. 101, cclick@citizentelegram.com.


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