October 30th, 2011 - Unreal

It's only October and we have just had our first major snow fall. It came down thick and heavy, sticking to everything including tree branches. Many of the tree branches in my neighborhood — including my own — could not take the weight of the snow and snapped. Our mini-van was trapped in the driveway as two broken branches lay across the entrance. We carefully shook the snow off the branches but we then we discovered another problem. The battery in the mini-van was exhausted. Fortunately she had parked facing the garage and I was able to jump-start her care with mine. Good thing too because we were without cell phone service and would not have been able to call AAA for help. I think the AT&T tower in the area must have either lost power or been damaged in the storm.

Robert Reich (The Perfect Storm)

The perfect storm: An unprecedented concentration of income and wealth at the top; a record amount of secret money flooding our democracy; and a public becoming increasingly angry and cynical about a government that’s raising its taxes, reducing its services, and unable to get it back to work.

I'm certainly starting to feel hopeless — and powerless — about my future. Or maybe Robert's writings are just stoking my fear.