I live in western New York State, in the USA, and this past week we’ve been suffering through a near-Apocalyptic snowstorm. Depending upon the location, various areas have received at least three to seven feet of snow (that’s one to over two meters).
All over the area, people are coming together to offer assistance; neighbors helping neighbors, not waiting for the government to help (which is admittedly limited and strained due to the severe conditions). Facebook in particular has been extremely helpful in this grassroots mutual aid effort; there are several Groups formed with the express purpose of organizing and coordination offers of help with requests for aid.
I can’t do much, trapped in my house. All I am doing is posting and resharing links and the like.
But, the point of this post is that I am a sober alcoholic and I don’t want a drink.
Not at all.
And I have an 800 foot (250m) long driveway buried in 3-5+ feet of snow that’s probably too hard for our snowplow friend to plow with his pickup. And he drives plows for the town, and so he’s been working around the clock plowing township streets, so who knows if/when he’ll be available?
And I haven’t been to work in a week. And I may not get paid for this week unless I either use whatever vacation/personal time I have remaining, or otherwise hope we all qualify for FEMA funds (if/when they become available) and that covers lost wages or perhaps if the State Labor Dept has some form of Unemployment Insurance for the week. And there’s no guarantee I can get out of my driveway on Tuesday when I’m next scheduled to go to work.
And I have to worry about our roof collapsing what with all the snow on it, getting heavier with the added rain expected today/tomorrow.
And I have to be concerned about water. We get ours from a well, but that tastes strange despite being fit for consumption. And so we get drinkable water in jugs, which are getting low. I’ve taken to collecting snow and boiling it to use for my own purposes (i.e. COFFEE) so that my wife can have the good water. We have been wanting to get one of those “Big Berkey Water Filter” contraptions to ease our dependence on this, but money is stretched.
And I have to worry about power outages; what with all the snow out there, and the expected rain, trees may collapse, pulling down power lines.
And I have no need for a drink, nor even want one.
I am not a martyr, so don’t interpret this to be, “See what a good ex-drunk I am.” Not a boast, just a statement of facts to perhaps inspire others who have issues and things and they reach for a drink to ease the suffering. this is what happens a lot in AA meetings; people discuss their issues, and declare “I didn’t have to take a drink over it.”
If I may, in case you are interested in helping, we might need to have someone with equipment much tougher than a pickup with a plow on it to excavate our driveway. Last report on Facebook, hundreds of dollars were being quoted for normal, suburban driveways. I can only imagine what ours might cost. If you can spare something, there’s a PayPal link up top, right below Matt Talbot’s picture, where you can donate money for our uses. We will be extremely grateful. There is NO OBLIGATION (and how can we make it one?), so please don’t feel guilty if you can’t. If you can’t, then prayers will be greatly appreciated, too!
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