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On Second Thought…

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

The last post may have been a bit premature. We ended up having severe thunderstorms after I last updated; winds and rain that, at times, were worse than what we experienced last night when Rita was making landfall.

But now the winds are pretty much gone, there's only a slight drizzle...and the sun is coming back out. It's humid, but we have power! All is good.

Hi There, Rita

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

Weathering the storm...

So far (knock on wood), we still have power. The wind has died down considerably, but there are still strong gusts blowing by. Our fence was blown over, but other than that everything is fine.

Even though the winds aren't as strong as they were for Katrina, it seems like they are - maybe there's just more of it. I could barely sleep last night for the wind howling around the corners of the house. It's been pretty non-stop since after midnight last night.

It's getting calmer now, though so I think we here in Baton Rouge have seen the worst of it. Our families, closer to the storm, are without power but safe.

Just wanted to let you know, we're still here.

Not Another One?!

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

So it looks like Rita is going to come a good bit more our way. Whoopee.

I'm glad it looks like Houston and Galveston will get spared the brunt, I am. And here in Baton Rouge we're only expecting 30-40 mph winds (only, can you tell we're hurricane-weary?), though lots and lots of rain as Rita is expected to make landfall and just sit her fat ass on us for a few days instead of moving on.

The most westerly parts of the state won't fare so well, especially our southwest portions. Again, though, what can you do? When Mother Nature wants to have her way with you, there's little to do but sit and hope she finishes quickly so you can get to putting your life back together.

State workers here in Baton Rouge are only working a half day (I know, I don't see the point either), so we go home at 12pm. It's Hurricane Party ("Rita Gone Wild") the rest of the weekend. What else are we going to do? I'm just hoping we don't lose electricity again because that would truly, utterly SUCK.

If you're in Rita's path - stay safe; I wish you and yours the best of luck.

Another Day, Another Bitch

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

First Katrina came raging in, devastating New Orleans and annihilating Biloxi. Now here along comes Rita, the next bitch in line, to wreak havoc on the western edge of Louisiana and desolate the Texan gulf border. Real nice.

And, folks, hurricane season isn't over until November 30.

I suppose nothing can really prepare you for evacuating like that - for leaving behind your entire life (homes, heirlooms, sometimes vehicles, pets, or other family members) with the knowledge that it may be gone when you return. I hope I never have to know.

Baton Rouge is located pretty far north, as far as the coastline is concerned. It's not that we aren't affected when a huge storm blows in, but we're rarely (if ever) affected like those closer to the coast.

I really don't know what to say. As we sit here and wait for another major city, and more precious, irreplaceable quaint towns and charming beaches, to be completely destroyed and all but ruined, what can you say? What can you do? Sit and wait - and hope it won't be as bad as it seems it will be.

Short Term Goals Killed the Levees

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Everyone seems to be upset that their favorite leader or figurehead is getting blamed for this mess.

Let me say this, it's everyone's fault. The federal government, the state and local governments.

The problem with funding to repair levees and build them up to take the brunt of a Cat 5 storm is that it's a long-term solution. It isn't something from which the benefits are immediately felt; in fact, it may never even be tangible. Policitians, and all of govm't, look to the short term; to something they can show and say, "Look all of the good that I have done." - their terms are short, and so the large problems with future implications for trouble are left for the next schmuck to deal with. It is simply the way of American politics.

The chances of a Cat 5 storm coming up and hitting New Orleans as it did were slim - very slim. Some believed it would never even happen, and even those that did never expected to see it in their lifetimes. So it was easy to put off funding, spend the money elsewhere, ignore the problem that wasn't an immediate threat. They took a chance - everyone took a chance - and the worst came to be; they lost the bet.

The only good I can see that may come out of this is that maybe, maybe, long-term goals and progressive measures may get brought to the forefront of our leaders' minds. Perhaps the way things are handled by big govm't and local officials will be changed by this. Maybe they'll start to take care of things that may negatively affect us in the future, instead of worrying about their personal short-term career goals. I doubt it; but I can hope.

Hurricane Pam Not Loud Enough

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

This op-ed reflects my fears and anger perfectly:
Falluja Floods the Superdome

You might also be interested, as I was, to read this:
Pam: The first hurricane Bush ignored

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Thursday, September 16th, 2004

It hasn't even rained.

Ivan decided it didn't feel like making a stop in Louisiana and veered on over to wreck havoc on the rest of the Gulf. Hope all of my towards-the-eastern-gulf-side friends are doing okay.

I'm still trying to figure out if we should go in to work today. We haven't heard anything. As of yesterday, we had today off. Can they just, after 8am, say "Come on back in now"?

Now that the threat of Ivan has passed though, I'm back to focusing on something that's very important to me: the upcoming vote on making gay marriage uconstitutional in the state of Louisiana this Saturday.

Imagine my horror when I clicked on a local news station + local newspaper's combined website and saw the headline Same-sex ban backers say 70% for amendment.

I really don't know what I was expecting. Other than New Orleans, Louisiana is a decidedly conservative state.

There are a lot of gay people in Louisiana, but will they turn out and vote? That's what I'm concerned about. I believe there are enough here to make a strong voice - but will they stand and make that voice heard?

Some parts of the article that bothered me:

"In Lafayette, Michot said passage of the amendment would further protect marriage and the family unit, which he said have been undermined."

Undermined by who? The heterosexuals. Letting gay people marry isn't going to destroy something that's already been destroyed by the same people trying to "protect" it and keep it "pure".

"He said the definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman belongs in the state constitution."

Wrong. Remember separation of church and state - one of the fundamentals of our nation's constitution? It's there for a reason. The only document that people are using as reference for "only between a man and a woman" is the Bible. Just because it's in the Bible does not mean it should be part of any constitutional amendment. People's religious views should not even factor into an amendment - and that's all this is about. I can't abide by that.

Bishop Jarvis Harmon Sr., regional director for True Vine Ministries, took a stronger stance, calling same-sex marriage "an abomination before the Lord."

Maybe the Bishop believes that it is - it doesn't mean that state law should uphold his or anyone else's religious beliefs.

Please - please - if you can vote in this state, and you believe in equality for all, the very thing America is supposed to stand for, make your voice heard.