I'm more or less in agreement, except for the storms and disasters part. Other years have given disasters far worse than anything that has come in the last little while - by orders of magnitude. Even Japan's 9.0 earthquake pales in comparison to some of the China Yellow river floods that killed millions from decades ago.
Something I learned a while ago - just because it's on every dang news channel for a full week, doesn't mean much.
If I were rich, I'd have the time that I lack, to sit in the synagogue and pray.
And maybe have a seat by the Eastern wall.
And I'd discuss the holy books with the learned men, several hours every day.
That would be the sweetest thing of all.
If I were a rich man...