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And Here We Go Again

November 16, 2020

I grew up in the Seattle area. Actually just south of Seattle in the town of Olympia. Well, Lacey, just outside of Olympia. Olympia and Seattle are both on Puget Sound. It’s easy to think of Puget Sound as “the ocean.” It’s not. The Sound connects to the ocean, of course. And it has sealife, crabs, whales, salmon. But, a lake is not the river that feeds it.

One of the differences between the Sound and the ocean is waves. Both, have waves, of course. But, waves in the Sound are small. They are always small. You couldn’t surf even if the water weren’t 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Just on the other side of the Olympic Peninsula is the ocean, with its waves. Those waves can be small, or they can come crashing down ahead of a storm blowing down from the Aleutian Islands and getting a boost from the Pineapple Express that comes from Hawaii and splits when it hits Northern California.

But, whether they are massive waves crashing on Ocean Shores, or the gentle waves on Alki Beach, the waves keep coming.

Waves also describe pandemics. We are told that the “second wave” is hitting France and other places. Personally, I’m not seeing it. I’m not sure ever I saw pull back. I’m still working at home. I’m still social distancing. I’m wearing a mask. I’m keeping track of who I see and being careful.

So, here we go again. Wear your mask. Pray for and watch out for your neighbors.

The only wave I know that typically isn’t followed by a second wave is a tsunami. But, Hopefully that’s not what we’re looking at.

Stay safe

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren.

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