I haven't posted much lately, because there really hasn't been much to talk about. Work's been busy, although I've been kind of bored with it lately. Todd and I are helping out ASCE this year as advisors, so we've been spending a lot of time meeting with the new officers. Todd's been training for the Century ride he's doing on October 1st. We've been spending our weekends on road. Nothing big or exciting. Nothing really blog-worthy.
Yesterday my knee inexplicably decided it wanted to stop working, so I've been limping around like a crip. I have no idea what's wrong with the thing, so I'm considering amputation if it doesn't stop hurting by tomorrow.
I'm really looking forward to Big Spring Jam, especially Sister Hazel and Better Than Ezra. Sadly, the organizers have cleverly arranged it so that of the four bands I actually want to see, one is on Friday, two are on Saturday at the same time, and one is on Sunday. So Todd and I are forced to pay for weekend passes, just to see three bands. Feh.
See, I told you there wasn't anything going on worth posting about.
To Birmingham or not to Birmingham...
Thursday, September 8, 2005 ~ 04:20 p.m.
So I was going to Birmingham on Monday. Then I found out on my way into work this morning that I was going today. Then I they said I'm going tomorrow. Now they're saying that I'm not going to Birmingham at all. I feel like a freakin' yo-yo!
All I know is that come Saturday morning, I will be in Cookeville, Tennessee to meet my nephew for the very first time. I have to say that I'm just a teensy bit excited. :-)
Thursday, September 8, 2005 ~ 02:16 p.m.
1,400 firefighters from throughout America volunteered to go to Louisiana to aid in search and rescue. They are search-and-rescue certified, haz-mat certified, and they're trained as paramedics. They brought backpacks, sleeping bags, first-aid kits, and MREs. Some even lugged along their fire gear.
And in keeping with the theme of this entire Katrina saga, instead of being sent to aid rescue operations, "they have learned they are going to be community-relations officers for FEMA, shuffled throughout the Gulf Coast region to disseminate fliers and a phone number: 1-800-621-FEMA."
Hours of search and rescue training, and they're going to hand out phone numbers...to people that don't have phone access.
Only 30 more minutes to Firefly goodness!
Tuesday, September 6, 2005 ~ 04:58 p.m.
Thanks to Jessica and Jared, I am now completely addicted to Firefly. I don't know how I missed it when it first came out, but Jessica and I have been watching a couple episodes every Tuesday night for a couple weeks now. Must...have..more..Firefly....
In other news, can a single day go by without me wanting to whack someone in the head with a whiffle bat? Apparently not. Jesse Jackson is now saying that it's racist to call refugees "refugees". I would dismiss it as isolated crazy, had I not been rebuked this past weekend by someone at one of the shelters here in Huntsville for using the term. Funny - when I looked up the word refugee, it didn't say BLACK PEOPLE.
Friday, September 2, 2005 ~ 02:35 p.m.
Officials keep blathering on about shipping food into the Superdome, when there are 2,000 people, 12 blocks away, at the convention center with no food and water. These people can't go to the Superdome, so they're stuck, waiting for aid that by all accounts isn't coming. Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security, actually had the nerve to suggest yesterday on NPR that those people don't even exist, that they were just a rumor.
Now that we all know all the survivors exist (since there's actual camera footage of the rumor), officials are STILL making excuses. My question is, if they can bring reporters to the convention center to cover the story, why the hell can't they bring in food and water???
Now, I haven't seen the news today - I've been out in the field all morning. So maybe the people at the convention center have finally received some form of relief. But still, why did it take so long when every news station in the country had a reporter there videotaping? If CNN can get someone in, I would think that the National Guard or the Red Cross would be able to take at least a truck or two of supplies along.
I know it's easy for me to criticize. I'm not the one struggling to organize a massive relief effort in the face of human and environmental opposition. But it still seems like those people have been royally screwed.