Wednesday, August 31, 2005

new orleans under siege

i have been reading the newspapers about the hurricane, katrina, that hit southeastern america. i just haven't been paying good attention to that news. all sorts of natural disasters hit all sorts of places, so why was this one any different?

it's not that a lot of people died (think Bangladesh's annual killer floods and Africa's drought-famine-deaths), or especially in poor countries (think Bam's earthquake, and the one in Turkey).

this is the richest country in the world, with the best (?cuba?) healthcare system in the world and the best army and engineer corps etc etc. surely they can handle any disaster.

as it turned out, my favourite city in all of america has been damaged, physically and psychologically. New Orleans is a city of natives, of jazz and blues and saxophones, ray charles and sammy davis, prime ribs and steaks, gumbo and potatoes, Mardi Gras and gays, heat and humidity, French and Creole and Cajun, an "inevitable city on an impossible site".

i've always suspected it was inevitable. the world needed a city like New Orleans. not till today did i know exactly how impossible. all of it is below sea level, and surrounded by the Mississippi and Lake Pontchartrain, kept dry by levees (remember that little Dutch tyke with his finger in the dyke? not gonna work this time) and pumps... i suppose it now makes New Orleans that much more special, because of them living against the odds every second of every day, and having so much food, music, culture and celebration of life and choices going on every second of every day.

i hate it that Katrina hit New Orleans. why can't they hit someplace else, like Washington (with that idiot in residence), or Muckville, Alabama?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

AN EYE FOR AN EYE. THAT’S WHAT JUSTICE IS ALL ABOUT IN HUMAN’S LAW AND IN ONLY IN THE COURT OF HUMAN. NEVER SHOULD WE ASK THAT FOR A PERSON’S WRONGDOING, A GOOD MAJORITY OF PEOPLE SHOULD SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES.

Thursday, September 08, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoyed a lot! » » »

Thursday, April 26, 2007  

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