Virginia has been a regular mecca of disaster these past few days. Okay, actually longer than a few days. First the Great Dismal Swamp has been burning. Each night on the news we hear that there are smoke advisories for areas not that far away from where we live. We have not been able to detect the smoke in our area but the video on television shows that some areas have a tremendous amount of smoke.
Yesterday we had an earthquake. An earthquake! In Virginia. What is most interesting about it is that the epicenter of said earthquake was quite near the North Anna nuclear power plant. Swell. Earthquake and nuclear are two words that should never be paired together. It doesn't exactly give you the warm fuzzies.
The day before the earthquake I was coming home from running errands and noticed the constant whirring sound of cicadas. Yep, I verified the sound on you tube. Definitely cidada.
Now we are waiting for the arrival of hurricane Irene which may cause the evacuation of the coast which will in turn cause traffic to be routed all four lanes in our direction. Chaos!
I am not going to pretend to be able to predict anything or hook it up with some prophecy or another. What I am going to say is what I have known all along and that is that life is delicate and fleeting.