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Archive for September, 2005

Traffic Will Be the Death of Me

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Oh dear god.

It was Monday, and I was having trouble getting up so I figured, what the fuck, I'll just go in at 8am and work the regular shift.

Big Mistake.

I got off at 4:30 and started the exodus home. I was doing pretty good, taking all of my favorite back streets, until I came to the last big leg of my jaunt home. It's a major highway that spans across a few other major highways, and traffic on it is always a bear. But today...oh god today...

A little bit down the road, a drive that, under regular fucky-traffic circumstances, could take 5 or so minutes - a little drive that, on a week night with no traffic takes two or less minutes - took me almost thirty minutes to get through. We're talking around 4 and a half miles here!! It was horrible. Is there anything worse than sitting in that non-moving mass of cars just.....W A I T I N G?

No, there isn't.

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.

The New Orleans Looter

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

I don't know how far the "New Orleans Looter" has traveled into national inboxes (shit, he's made it onto Snopes!), but he's been a staple going around Louisiana for about a week now - and his fame continues to grow. Never let it be said that we Louisiana folk don't have a sense of humor.

How long before this guy gets hunted down by the media giants ands ends up on The Surreal Life or some similar reality show?! I wonder if he has any idea he's "Internet famous".

Sometimes when you can't cry anymore, you have to laugh. And sometimes - you laugh so hard you cry!

Incompetence, Yes. Racism, No.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Two articles I feel express my feelings on the race issue (or, better put, the NON-EXISTENT race issue) during the recovery effort in New Orleans:

Incompetence, Not Racism
by Richard Cohen, Washington Post,

and especially:

In Katrina I Didn't See Racism, I Saw Brotherhood
by Rabbi Aryeh Spero, Human Events Online