I guess I'm discovering that unless I write everyday, I'm losing readers. Hmmmmm - that is disturbing to me because I really try to think about different things to write about and usually come up empty-minded. You probably would rather have me rant and rave about the political shit-storm that the fiasco aftermath of Katrina is going to rain down on all of us or I could show you a picture of us camping in our driveway. We couldn't find a site that we liked at the last moment on Labor Day weekend (yeah - we are like that sometimes) so we said "what the hell, let's camp out at home." A quick trip to the local police station obtained us a burn permit and after throwing some rocks in a circle, we had fire ring complete with a blaze going. We mixed up some Sea Monsters. If you haven't had a Sea Monster... get with the program:
2 oz of Hpnotiq
2 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
splash of pineapple.
Yes, they put you on your ass after a couple! Ok, so we had the Sea Monsters, CD's playing, Hannah jumping around acting like a dog and hungry mosquitoes biting us. It was perfect until our cat Blue decided he had seen enough foolishness for one evening and inflicted the demon cat eyes from Pet Semetary on us.
The news coverage from Katrina really bothers me too. Yes, I know it took days for help to get there in quantities enough to be really noticed. But that certainly doesn't mean that NO HELP was there at all. My friend Gina's husband has been busting his ass off for the city of N.O since before the storm hit. She posted days before the actual storm how they had been warned to be prepared if they chose not to evacuate. To make sure they had tools in their attics to cut their way out of their home if need be, to have extra food and water on hand to take care of their families. The CDC site for Emergency Preparedness states to have a 3-5 days food/water supply on hand. Maybe this is because in the case of a huge disaster, mobilize and getting help into those areas might take this long? I have no idea. All I know is that there ARE people helping and HAVE BEEN helping. But, what are you going to watch on tv, some people screaming about the lack of help, a close to death rescue, blood, shootings etc.. or are you going to watch the Army Corps building roads and boating in supplies. I think it's human nature to turn towards the suffering to feel compassion and want to help because if we force ourselves to watch those who don't want to be helped or have been helped, the feeling of impatience can start to set in. I hope I'm explaining this in a way that doesn't sound cruel. Maybe I better just write another check to the Red Cross instead of trying to explain my feelings about this. Don't' want to piss anyone off.
On a lighter note, we went on a picnic yesterday with Mrs. Pugsly. She got all gussied up in her best for it too! She was hoping you don't notice the Christmas tablecloth we had to use because t's all we could find on short notice. Really, that's not strange is it? Am I the ONLY one still occasionally vacuuming up pine needles from LAST Christmas? Jeesh - I hope not.
The day was picture perfect and the frogs were out in full force. Hannah tried to catch one but didn't have any luck. So, she ended up just posing with Mrs. Pugsly.