I really can't start this column without a rundown of Hurricane Isabel. You just don't live through something like that without it changing your perspective on things. We hunkered down in our big old house (about 92 years old) in NC and waited for the storm to hit. Now, keep in mind that nearly every year at least one storm threatens our coast, and the news gets in an uproar. Bottled water and tape become extinct. Batteries are not to be had. I guess, for me, the media had called "wolf" one time too many, and this time I didn't bite. Figures.