Bye beautiful. We'll be back before you know it. It's never easy leaving the comforts of my humble little Montana home for Seattle. Seattle is a chaotic city, growing far too fast as a result of Amazon's hiring 6000 people a month. Imagine if we all stopped buying things on Amazon that we could buy locally. I can't help but think about how our desire for instant gratification and ultimate convenience are effecting our nation. Amazon Prime used to include FREE 2 day shipping, but if you start comparison shopping, they often raise the prices to cover the cost of "free." Who suffers? We do. What if we were all a little more patient, and focused on helping small business succeed. In Seattle, there's Amazon Now, Amazon Fresh, Amazon Restaurant, Amazon Video, and more is on the way. I've used their services, and it's convenient, for sure. But I wonder how many small businesses will go out of business in the next year or two as a result of their off the charts growth. I was recently informed that Amazon is hiring 44,000 jobs worldwide. Why are so many people unemployed? Couldn't Amazon create a program that takes some of the unemployed and homeless off the street, provide them with affordable housing, educate them, and put them to work? Instead, I'm surrounded by a homeless population I find tragic and overwhelming, and no solutions to help them except to let them put tents up in a variety of public locations. Of course many are too strung out or mentally ill to educate, but for those who are down on their luck - and I've spoken to a few of them, what can be done to help them? Rent is astronomical, yet vacancy's are high. What are we doing to solve this national problem? I watch the movie "the big short" and I can't figure out what on earth we - as a combined people, can do about all of the hypocrisy.