Elena of '85
Trip Start Aug 22, 2012
18Trip End Jul 24, 2013
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IN SPANISH: TORMENTA
Say it with me: TOR-MEN-TA.... Tormenta.
IN ENGLISH: STORM
Now say that seven times, and remember it. Think of it by looking at the base of the word in Spanish- Torment. A storm may torment a city. Make sense?
Flashback: At the end of August in 1985 a storm arose in Cuba
It's been nearly 27 years since Elena beat Tampa bay up. She is just a distant memory that only true Florida natives can recall. My father is one of them. In fact, he was the one who interested me in this storm. He recounted of watching bridges shut down due to high wind warnings, and major roads being too full of cars to safely navigate. He also recounts of the storms that were close calls to hitting our crowded coastal town
While planning my year in Mexico I've had to be far more cautious and use a little wisdom borrowed from others. Though faith, trust, and confidence can be very positive attributes, they sit upon a deadly fine line between ignorance, stupidity, and arrogance. I have started to look into the current political climate of Cuernavaca and Mexico as a whole. Though nothing I have discovered has deterred me from my plans for the upcoming year to live in the Mexico, I will certainly take as much advice and as many precautions as possible. The events that are occurring in Mexico are just like Elena of 1985. The country may be taking a beating from a tormenting storm, but I pray that eventually the "weather" will clear up.
I'm sure everyone has had an Elena or two in their own lives that seems to sit right next to them and bring nothing but trouble. I've lived through my own, and admittedly sometimes the ramifications of the storm are still visible. The thing is that I lived through it. Though there were nearly $2 billion in damages from Elena, there were no deaths caused directly from the storm.
Sometimes you just have to pray for fortitude and wait for the end of September when hurricane season is over, and sometimes you have to carry out a wise contingency plan.
Progress towards Mexico is good. Not perfect, but good. I currently have some paper work in the mail, including my insurance forms and my passport. I still need to get some small thing finished such as a physical and student loan deferment, but they'll be taken care of in short time. As far as fund raising goes, nearly half of the funds have been committed. I'm very thankful and at ease as about half of my prep time till departure has gone by. For now, I have been so blessed by my pastor to be allowed to live with him and his family until the end of summer so that I can be closer to school, church, and a promising Steak N Shake that I was transferred to. The plan is for me to work as hard and as much as possible at my jobs so that I leave my youth position with good plans and my own affairs in good order. *Contingency plan: work harder.
Remember how to say socks in spanish? No? Go read my last blog. Thanks for your continued encouragement and support. I'll update the blog sooner than later on fundraising and other events pertaining to this beautiful life- la vida bonita. Happy Summer everyone!