This evening the power at my place went out for three hours. So, thinking myself resourceful, I broke out a battery powered lantern and fan and stayed inside where it was still relatively cool, reading a good book and waiting for the lights to return.

When the juice finally returned, the TV popped on. It was showing pictures of the horrible devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. Rooftop rescues, miles of streets flooded in New Orleans, entire neighborhoods flattened, reports of injuries and death. Restoring power isn't even on the radar scope in most of these areas.

I have no room to complain about a three hour outage caused by a blown up transformer hundreds of miles away from any sign of that destruction.

Perspective is an amazing (and humbling) thing...