To our Florida brethren

I have always thought of Ian as a pretty cool name. 

Certainly, it has a European Irish/English kind of a flair to it. 

But the storm that hit Florida in early October has changed my perception of the name Ian—forever.

To those in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, it was little more than a nuisance. 

But to those in Ft. Myers and the surrounding area, it was an unmitigated disaster and a life changing event. 

The remnants of the storm have lingered in South Jersey where I live, and it is causing some coastal flooding at the shore with mostly minor inconveniences. We were lucky.

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to our Florida brethren on the west coast as they try to rebuild and recover.

To those of us who escaped the wrath of the storm, we should be forever grateful and help those in that area. 

Many of whom will have to start all over again.