Friday, I had lunch with my friend Lorraine who sells make-up, etc. in Walgreens. As blizzards and freezing weather race across the country, it was sunny and a great day to get out. Saturday morning, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia. It had a depth of 47 kilometers (29.2 miles), according to the USGS. Remember when a 7.3 was considered a powerful earthquake? Today, we look to the 8's and above to catch our attention, sensing Mother Earth about to wind up this hologram.
After I left Lorraine, I walked across 86th Street from 4th to 5th Avenues, a main shopping area. Much to my surprise, a woman in her 30s came up to me and others on the busy street showing us a piece of paper written in crayon, requesting for money for herself and her three children. What made this more out of place, she was Middle Eastern wearing the attire of her culture. It was almost like a scene out of the news from countries in the Middle East.
A female client, Christina, later told me that she employs a Middle Eastern woman to clean her house. That woman is married and has two sons all of whom sleep on the floor while her husband sleeps in a bed. They are among the many illegal immigrants from around the world who believe they can create a better future here. Maybe the next generation ... but we won't be here that long.
My first client today is the daughter-in-law of a woman who went by the name Princess Dena, due to her Native American ancestry. She came here as both a client and student sharing many colorful stories about the old days in Hollywood where she worked as an actress with Elvis among others. January 2006, while walking home from work, Dena passed Dunkin Donuts parking lot which runs between 4th and 5th Avenues. It was dark, though not that late. Sadly, Princess Dena was killed by a hit and run driver. My blog about Princess Dena's death and experiences afterwards