Sunday, December 17, 2006


Been humbled by the lack of electricity here in Seattle for the past three days. Living in a world where you cannot get warmer than 50 degrees F, where you cook outdoors in 30 degrees or less, where you feel lucky to have running water, where you can't even think straight because all your energy goes into staying warm.... and there are city folk all around us who are still freezing in their little homes, for a fourth day. So far behind, so grateful for the things that do work, and the heat that has mercifully returned. Much more to say here in the next few days, I hope - if our cable Internet connection is restored.


Anonymous said...

-25 - 30 degrees celcisus here last night. When I climbed into bed and listened to the wind howling around my bedroom window last night I was having the same thoughts about just how lucky most of us are.

Anonymous said...

Hope you get your power back soon. My brother in Puyallup is still without power. Heard it was a nasty wind storm, you've had quite the weather this year! Happy Holidays

Mark Ahlness said...

Our power is back, and now we head off to the coast of Washington State, Copalis Beach (Iron Springs)... where we spend three days in a cabin on the edge of a bluff 200 feet above the crashing waves of the Pacific... contemplating the shortness of the days, the beauty of the sunset on the ocean, and what the new year may hold. Fireplace, wind, wine, rain, shorebirds, and isolation.

It will be a good time to regenerate. Merry Christmas - Mark

Anonymous said...


I hope you have a terrific vacation. It sounds like you will be getting away and that will be great. I am writing from warm Texas where we have had many days above 70 degrees lately. It is hard to imagine the cold you are dealing with!