An interesting perspective from this tragedy is the impact tosome of my clients who tell me that rising fuel costs coupled withthe rising costs of delivering their product or service tocustomers after Aug. 1 has materially hurt their bottom line.

In contrast to retail real estate where the client's locationsare the destination, for a few of my corporate real estate clients,their locations are the origination. If a part of your business isin supply, transportation and logistics, a disaster like the I-35Wbridge collapse can indeed take a huge toll on you profits due toincreased transportation costs.

Well, the more I thought about this, the more I realized that afew of my clients in locations outside the state may well bedealing with a disaster on the scale of the I-35W tragedy on adaily basis. Are you? Consider this hypothetical but notunrealistic scenario:

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