Hurricane Matthew

It has been a chaotic week here in South Carolina.

Merciless Matthew ripped through the Lowcountry causing devastation and chaos.  Thankfully, though, our property only sustained minor damage.   There were a few trees down in our backyard and we lost our floating dock. Overall, we were incredibly lucky.  There were some folks who lost everything!

The most horrific news that Matthew produced came when it set its sights on Haiti. Oh, man. The death toll just keeps on rising.  I feel for all of those families and all of the people who lost loved ones.

I’d like to give a special shoutout to The Weather Channel. Their nonstop, amazing coverage of this storm really made me proud. Michael Lowry , Brian Norcross and all of the meteorologists stationed in the field  provided unparalleled expert analysis of the situation and probably saved thousands of lives.

Furthermore, The Weather Channel live-streamed their coverage on their website and across all OTT platforms.  They used LocalNow–a new app invented for this very purpose– to give people up to the minute coverage.  My hat’s off to the team behind LocalNow and all those who aided in the compelling and life-saving coverage.

Oh, and if anyone sees a floating dock in the ocean–give me a call? 🙂

 

 

October 13th, 2016 Leave a comment sam

My Visit to The Wall

Beyond the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial, sits a giant slab of granite.  The unambiguous yet heartbreaking wall that is the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial.

I visited the wall for the first time last week. As I walked past the statue of the three soldiers and came face to face with the block of granite, I stopped dead in my tacks. It took my breath away. Over fifty five thousand names are etched in the highly reflective wall. Each one representing a person, and a greater story. It was overpowering.

The most thought-provoking part of the whole experience was the silence. Nobody said a word, and there were easily seventy or so people paying their respects.

As I walked further along the wall, it began to engulf me. The names rose higher and higher; they became all the more innumerable.

This place puts war and its losses in perspective. It doesn’t matter what rank someone was or how good of a soldier they were; each name is of equal size on the wall, because they are all equal in making the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

 

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August 15th, 2016 Leave a comment sam