Taken off "The Island"
It looks as if I'm trying to finish up some things from my "Island of Abandoned Projects."
This week, I've been working on Poster Boy from SNB Nation.
I think it looks like Patrick; his friends and co-workers will ge a kick out of it.
I'm working on the handles, and I hope to put the bag together soon.
Will Charlotte be off the Island soon? She's been on it for over a year.
The Aftermath Begins
Hurricane Katrina turned out to be much worse than I could ever imagine. I think all who have had hurricanes touch their lives will always have a special feeling for those affected by storms.
It's hard to believe this could happen in America in 2005. I don't mean the storm, which is an act of nature, or the destruction, but the great loss of life. Could there be really be thousands dead?
I am deeply saddened that so many could not leave because they did not have the means to leave and perished because they were poor.
I also felt a lot of anger at the looting and crime--especially in the shelters. There are few things lower than victimizing (be it flat out robbery or price gouging) someone who has lost so much already. The pictures of people being dropped off onto dark, dangerous streets with nowhere to go and no instructions are scary.
I also wonder about the planning (or lack of it) before them storm hit. Was it a big surprise that a city--New Orleans--which is mostly under sea level would flood in the wake of a major hurricane?
Also, with the crime and social issues that are part of the city, serious looting and other crimes should have been anticipated as well.
Of course, there is goodness and great acts of kindness too. Many people took time and boats to rescue people. Donations are coming in. People are opening up their homes.
There will be major fallout --politcally, economically, and socially--from Hurricane Katrina for years to come, and there are lots of lessons to be learned. This is for the long term.
One of my co-workers, who is in the National Guard, is leaving for Louisiana on Friday.They are telling him that he'll be there for about threee weeks. He works as a police officer in the guard, so I'm sure he will have some stories to tell once he returns.
Do what you can to help. There are so many needs.