I was scheduled to speak to members of the Fargo West Rotary today about emergency management. I find it ironic – along the lines of Alanis Morissette’s song Ironic – that I am not speaking because of a blizzard that has caused widespread closures and activity cancellations in the area. I think Mother Nature delights in the deliciousness of such irony and goes out of her way to deliver it to me personally. Yes, as if the universe revolves around me specifically – as if.
The last time I was scheduled to speak to a Rotary group (July 31, 2012) I was afflicted with labyrinthitis (a despicable malfunction of the inner ear that makes movement synonymous with vomiting and the simple task of walking a challenging risk management exercise). Regular readers will recall that whole debacle (see these blog entries to read more about that health adventure - July 25, 2012, July 26, 2012, and July 30, 2012) . It was an eye-opening experience to be sure. I have been dramatically more appreciative of my good health since then.
It is a rare occasion when I miss a community speaking engagement – they are one of my favorite things to do. I love spreading the good word of preparedness to anyone willing to listen. Now I have two canceled engagements under my belt over the past year and they are both for Rotary engagements. Is there a Rotary curse afflicting me that I am unaware of? Will the delivery of my preparedness message to the Rotary be the tipping point that changes world order as we know it? Are there dark forces at work here that seek to perpetuate a lack of preparedness awareness?
Okay…maybe I am over-dramatizing the whole thing a little bit. Maybe it is all coincidental. Maybe I don’t have a Rotary curse.
The proof will be in the pudding. If it happens again there will have to be a full-blown investigation. Someone put Pope Francis, the North Dakota National Guard, and President Obama on notice. I will not be dissuaded from my mission again…next time, I am calling in favors.
Day one thousand three hundred and fifty of the new forty – obla di obla da