There is a tiny building on a corner a block away from our office in downtown Columbus. Years ago, I think, it was a cell phone store, and before that it might have been a rental car office. Nothing about it commands your attention. It’s just a small, anonymous building that you ignore as you pass by every day.
For many months it was vacant. Periodically you would notice a new sign go up, for a wine shop or a bakery. The businesses never seemed to last, or maybe even open at all. I never patronized them.
A few months ago, a new business opened. I noticed it because the name — Flaxella Cafe & Deli — was a bit weird and sounded like the name of one of Cinderella’s ugly sisters. The business was so unestablished that the name of one of the prior ventures, L’Appat, was still above the front door. Still, the proprietor seemed to be making a go of it.
This past Wednesday, a taxi carrying two passengers plowed through the front window of the building. No one was seriously hurt. No one knows why the cab driver veered off the road, over a curb, and through the plate glass. It’s an intersection that thousands of vehicles pass every day without incident . . . until Wednesday. Who knows if Flaxella will reopen — but I wonder if the proprietor of the business is contemplating why this odd accident had to happen now, when the building is finally being used, and couldn’t have happened on a day during one of the many months where this anonymous little building stood dark?
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When awful news happens, and bad news strikes again and again, and events are buffeting the little world around you, you feel powerless. Now Mother Nature has decided to take that figurative feeling and turn it into literal reality.
A huge and violent thunderstorm cell blew through Columbus last night, and it has knocked out the power grid for wide swaths of the area. The storm blew down trees and branches and felled power lines, and we’ve now been without power since 5 p.m. last night.
This period of powerlessness is unheard of — and it also shows how spoiled we’ve become. A few hours sweltering in a hot house on a summer’s day, and you’d think from the complaining that we’d been asked to endure the unendurable. We’ll have some spoiled food, and some time without Internet access, and earlier bedtimes than normal. No big deal, really.
Still, I must confess that when I entered an air-conditioned room this afternoon I did breathe an audible sigh of satisfaction.
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