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January 24th, 2010 - And life goes on.

I packed my bags last night for the flight

Closed my eyes to not see that terrible sight

There were times I got scared of the height

There were times that I was mean and at times polite

I guess you can be either a bum or a knight

What matters is not the might or the blight

I don’t think what I did will make it any more right

But I’ve had enough of this perpetual fight…           ~O. Christopher Sorbi

I am on the road again and to my own disbelief, not two-up but one down. My life has been public for a quite some time and I’m not going to change that now. The truth is that I’m back on the saddle and without Cynthia. I can give a million reasons why it didn’t work out and hold discussions and debates here but my job is something else. For me not to fall apart, it’s crucial to keep it together and offer my face to the gods of bugs and rocks on the back of my bike. The end result is what it is, no matter how I put it.

I would like to share my sympathy with the people of Haiti for what they have been going through. I grew up in a country that sits on an earthquake belt and shakes and rocks from time to time. I witnessed one of the deadliest shake when I was just 9 years old. As a kid growing up, I knew how terrifying it was to hide under a desk or a doorway, holding to an illusion of safety from tons of adobe bricks coming down on our heads.

I have been away from the news scene for a while, and when I found out about the disaster in Haiti, it was already two days later.  I became aware of the situation when the visits to the website started skyrocketing. At first, I thought of spam attacks but when I looked closely I realized that people were coming to the website because of using search terms related to the Haiti earthquake.

What led so many people to this website was a blog I wrote a month earlier:

The question remains: Why should we care?

…Remember the hurricane Katrina victims? They had faces. They had media coverage. They had the whole world watching. We still failed to give them their most basic needs. Now imagine a family in Ethiopia or Haiti with no media coverage, no Wal-Mart to bring water, and nowhere to turn. Their story could be YOUR story. All it takes is one heavy cloud, one strong wind, one earthquake.”

Prediction? Absolutely not. Coincidence? Not at all. Story repeating itself? Perhaps.

This corporation is not in a capacity yet to be of any help at this point so I won’t beg you for money here. All I can do is to ask you to donate what you can, it doesn’t matter how much it is.

Donate it to the World Food Program (WFP) of the United Nations. They have the staff in the field, they have the choppers flying; they have the dogs searching. What you give right now is a matter of life and death. Save a $5 bill out of your weekend gas money or coffee run and save a life with it. If you use the donation button on this website, everything will get redirected to WFP daily for the next month.

There are 5 Comments

  1. Jon
    January 26, 2010 at 1:10 am

    life goes on.

  2. Skateguy50
    January 26, 2010 at 2:41 am

    Glad to see you are still pushing on, this is unfortunate yes but if meant to be its better to find out now than later.

    I read through the documents you sent me and I will get back to you in more detail but I think you are on the right track. The IRS set a lot of red tape up and the best way to navigate it is to use other similiar ventures as your example.

    Any plans for crossing the border or still waiting on this paperwork? I got some friends in Mexico I can contact that might offer up a place on the way, and further out got some options that might work out in Brazil.

    It is always good to help out as you can for widespread change and assistance but also when big disasters strike it is even more important to give what you can and to help. I hope people can dig a bit out of the budget and find something to pass on to those in need in Haiti.

  3. RedDog
    January 26, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Sure does, Jon.

  4. almarconi
    January 26, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Glad to hear you are back on track. If you and Cynthia are meant to be then at some point you will be back together.

  5. Spanky
    January 26, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Chris, I am really sorry to hear that Cynthia is not with you any longer on this journey of yours. Do the best you can to march on with out her. I am sure there is sadness in your heart over her not being with you, but keep looking at the bigger picture & the job you set out to do.

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