So as I go through daily life here in my unflooded little town in IL I have been listening to people's conversations at work, at the bar, etc. about what's going on on the east coast. Find it interesting how people keep comparing this to Katrina and talking as though New Yorkers and such have it made this time around. All I keep hearing is, "Awe they can't plug their cellphones in, boohoo. Awe they have to walk ten blocks because streets are congested, boohoo." Now I've gone entire summers without electricity because I couldn't pay the bill and I'll tell you it sucks. I've had to walk miles because my car broke down and again it sucked. Neither of these things remotely compare to opening your blinds and looking at water halfway up the window or sitting on your porch and watching small sharks swim around your front yard as I've seen in pictures.
I find it amusing how people have such strong opinions about things that don't directly affect them. The same can be applied to international news stories, stories about soldiers, and stories about people fighting off deadly disease. I have my own take on these things such as what they should do and how they should react but until I've walked in those shoes I'll keep my opinions soft spoken. I just get a kick out of people who wake up in their warm, dry house, make something to eat, take a shower, put on clean clothes, unplug, their phone and put it in their pocket, casually drive to their destination, turn on the t.v. and immediately become an authority on how to handle a natural disaster. These are usually the same people that will completely lose it over any minor inconvenience in their life. I would like to see any one of them go one day without a phone. You'd never hear the end of it. God forbid they can't text everyone under the sun to let them know what kind of beer they just drank or get on the internet to update their status. Yet they don't feel the least bit sympathetic to somebody who just lost their home to a flood.
One final note; not that it matters to the context of this blog but of course this was handled differently than Katrina. I'm not saying that there's ever a good time for a vicious storm to happen but what better timing than two weeks before an election. Of course Obama responded as quickly and efficiently as he possibly could. He would be a complete fool not to. When Katrina happened Bush was not directly in the middle of a re-election campaign so he handled it like any other lazy incompetent politician would. This not meant to be a republican vs. democrat thing or anything like that. Those matters are for a different blog. I'm talking strictly about timing here. If this had happened three years ago, do you think Obama would've immediately declared a state of emergency and enacted his fifteen minute response rule? Hell no, he would've sat on his ass and dragged his feet just like the rest of them.
Anyway has anyone else experienced this or is this just a typical IL attitude? Perhaps you're the type of person I just spoke of. You might not have realized it before but now you're starting to think about yourself. Perhaps you're not but you've heard it around you and would like to chime in. Perhaps you think I should shut up and blog about sex.
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