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October 31, 2012

ROOT: A real estate lecture

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I’m sitting here listening to the remnants of Hurricane Sandy whipping around outside and I am reminded of how lucky we really are. As usual, watching the hurricane on the news and looking out my window are two completely different things. When I see it on the news, I see millions of people without power and thousands of homes underwater. When I look out my window, I see a lot of leaves I am going to have to rake when this all clears up.

I am certainly not trying to make light of the storm. If you lost power or had any kind of inconvenience thanks to the tail end of Hurricane Sandy, then my prayers go out to you. I would imagine that there is no more frustrating feeling than having your power go out or your roof cave in right in the middle of a big rain storm. I hope all is well with everyone and that everyone comes out of this unscathed.

Events like this always make me remember how lucky we are to be living in this area. People can point and laugh at our weather and economy all they want, but we have learned how to handle both of those situations. When it snows, we shovel it. When the bills arrive in the mail, we ignore them and they go away for another month. When the weather goes from 75 degrees down to 30 degrees in a few hours, we turn on the furnace. We can deal with all of the problems that we get here and we can deal with them pretty easily.

We even get our share of earthquakes, apparently. Although, I have to admit that I never felt or heard anything with our earthquake last week. That is not the first earthquake I have heard of happening up here, and we are even known to get the occasional tornado. My heart goes out to the people that have experienced loss due to any one of our natural disasters, but we have to realize that it could always be much worse.

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